Bring your church into Foursquare
When your church joins Foursquare, you will receive the spiritual care, leadership and resources that a worldwide movement can provide. There are two main paths: Covenant or Charter.
Become a Covenant Church
As a Covenant Church, you can own and manage your real property. This path allows you to be an official local Foursquare church but maintain your own corporate existence. This is a great option if you want to join Foursquare but don’t want to lose your congregation’s investment of property.
Under a Covenant Agreement, your church agrees to operate as a local Foursquare church and follow International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) bylaws. In return, your church gains access to Foursquare events, insurance support, pastoral retirement benefits, loan opportunities, legal consultation and counseling.
Interested in becoming a Covenant Church? Here’s how.
If it seems like a lot, don’t worry. Existing churches who meet their district’s qualifications can complete this whole process in under five months.
Foursquare is highly relational. So, the first step is to meet with your new district supervisor to learn more about what it means to be a Foursquare Covenant church, for both you and your congregation. If you are not yet a Foursquare pastor, you will also begin your credentialing process at this point.
Vote and submit
You’ve decided that joining Foursquare is the right move. You’ll complete an application form and gather supporting documentation. Your church will vote to join Foursquare—we require a ¾ majority approval. Upon approval, you will sign a Covenant Agreement and submit everything to your district.
Review and approval
Now, you get to take a breath. Foursquare’s One Team will review your application and submit it to the ICFG board, who can issue a resolution to approve. If everything looks good, you will receive a copy of your Covenant Agreement with both parties’ signatures and access to The Foursquare Hub database.
Become a Charter Church
As a Charter church, your church gains access to Foursquare events, pastoral retirement benefits, church loan opportunities, legal consultation, insurance support and counseling. Also, you will not need to own church property. Instead, the title to any real property will be jointly owned by all Foursquare churches through our national corporate structure.
In a Charter Agreement, your church agrees to operate as a local Foursquare church and follow all International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) bylaws. In return, your church gains access to all the benefits available to Charter churches.
Interested in becoming a Charter Church? Here’s how.
The process to become a Foursquare Charter church is the same as that of becoming a Covenant church described above. The only difference is that any real property will be jointly owned with Foursquare. If this seems like the path for your church, please contact your area’s district team for a personal consultation to learn more. Then, if it seems like becoming a Charter church is the best fit, they can get you started.
Once you meet your district’s qualifications, you can expect the whole process to take six months or less.