2014 National Church Office Report
Nearly 103,000 people decided to follow Christ during 2013 as a result of Foursquare ministries, which General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo said reflects well on local churches, pastors and leaders.
During her National Church Office summary, Tammy noted that while these results indicate how much the Foursquare family has accomplished, she hopes to see better ones in 2014.
She said members have built relationships with the disenfranchised by feeding thousands, caring for the poor, and loving people through such ministries as addiction recovery, backpack giveaways for needy kids, and festivals welcoming new immigrants.
“All for the sake of loving people like Jesus would,” Tammy said. “That’s what we have done—that’s what you have done. This is what you have done this year in loving people into the Kingdom.”
In addition, NCO’s education and training programs moved forward in 2013, with Life Pacific College (including its Virginia extension campus called Ignite) graduating 149 students. In addition to enrolling 286 students this year, the Emerging Leader Network formed a partnership with LPC to provide for-credit, online training courses that transfer to the college level.
The Residency program established last year has 21 students serving in ministry under the supervision of an experienced pastor. Three of the 21 have completed their first year and deployed into full-time assignments, Tammy said.
District conferences have offered excellent training through one-day seminars. The example she listed: the Mid-South District hosting 850 people for a session on empowering leaders.
Other bright spots include 216 chaplains serving the military, with 418 chaplains trained and certified for disaster relief work. Foursquare’s caring ministry provided counseling last year to 701 ministry leaders.
Hispanic ministry is moving forward as well, buoyed by a $300,000 allocation. Last year 450 leaders attended a national training conference and another 2,000 pastors participated in district training.
Tammy’s final statistic covered church multiplication, which includes 429 missional congregations, another 171 in the pipeline, and 149 multi-site or multi-ethnic congregations.
Starting in 2015, ethnic churches will be categorized separately to better reflect Foursquare’s growth.
New starts are expected to rise with the advent of the strategy aimed at planting clusters of self-replicating Foursquare churches in seven of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
“Our church planting vision doesn’t start or end with this generation, but it will continue to this one,” Tammy concluded.