2015 President’s Report
“Pain is God’s megaphone,” said President Glenn Burris Jr., quoting C.S. Lewis during the business session at Foursquare Connection 2015. The sentiment highlighted what we are seeing in the research on church, religion and spirituality in the U.S. People are leaving the church, and fewer new disciples are being made.
Our responsibility, he said, is to raise up new disciples, but antiquated structures are prohibiting us. In a striking analogy, Glenn referenced the Choluteca Bridge in Honduras. Designed to withstand immense natural forces, it withstood a category five storm that pummeled the region in the late 1990s. But as the bridge remained, the landscape was not so steadfast. The river that necessitated the Choluteca Bridge moved, making it a bridge to nowhere.
Systems of evangelism and discipleship that once proved fruitful are now like the Choluteca Bridge—strong but ineffective. It’s time to rethink our ways.
Referencing Tim Keller’s book Center Church, a contrast was drawn regarding institutions vs. movements. Institutions are held together by rules, regulations and procedures. Movements are held together by common purpose and vision.
With that in mind, Glenn praised the work of the Reimagine Foursquare team in pursuing the Five Stakes, and declared that Foursquare is “a leading movement in renewal” as we live out our call to be a Great Commission movement, till all have heard.
Download the president’s full report to learn more about the progress made and the strategy needed to see the fulfillment of the Great Commission.