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Highlights From Connection 2013: ‘Engage: Learn. Live. Lead.’

By Andy Butcher

Nearly 3,000 people attended Foursquare Connection 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., May 28–30. They returned home encouraged by the inspiring messages and engaged to lead to their full potential. Here’s an overview of the three-day event.


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Day 2 – Connection 2013 Tackles Individual and Corporate Health

By Andy Butcher

The second day of Connection 2013: “Engage: Learn. Live. Lead.” in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., highlighted personal as well as denominational health and organizational realignment. Keynote speakers Henry Cloud and John Bevere brought timely messages to Foursquare leaders. New Foursquare missionaries were introduced, and exciting statistics on church planting were shared.


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Foursquare Initiative to Provide Resources for Global Leaders

By Andy Butcher

Many pastors in countries throughout the world can’t afford to buy foundational training materials from which to learn and teach core Foursquare doctrine, leaving them in a vacuum of basic biblical knowledge. But a new initiative—Foursquare Resources for Global Leaders—is striving to change that by providing easily accessible and affordable materials to leaders who need them.



Three Relationships Every Pastor Needs

By Bill Gross

Too many pastors suffer from loneliness in ministry. After a while, that loneliness exacts a heavy toll. But what’s the cure? It lies in fostering three types of connections: friends, mentors and rabbis. Here’s some practical advice on finding relationships that will make you, and your ministry, healthy.



Tips for Leading Through Transition

By Joseph Fehlen

Foursquare Pastor Joseph Fehlen knows, from personal experience, what’s involved with pastoring a church through a leadership transition successfully. Formerly senior pastor of Word of Grace in Everett, Wash., he now serves as associate pastor at Grace, a Foursquare church in Rhinelander, Wis. Here are his top six recommendations to other leaders who are embarking on a pastoral change.


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Accelerate: Succession

By Ashley Wolpert Miller

The story of the leadership transition between Foursquare Pastors Alan Eastland and Peter Henderson of Living Way Fellowship (Littleton Foursquare Church) in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is highlighted in Part 2 of the new “Accelerate: Story” video series produced by The Foursquare Church.



The People Business

By Bill Smith

Bill Smith, senior pastor of Living Hope Family Church in Franklin, Pa., notes that it is easy for us as pastors to get so caught up in the business, administration and details of running a church that we can forget to see the people. But Jesus made it clear that people are what matters. Bill encourages us to get out from behind our desks and spend time with others.



Don’t Let Your Focus Get Blindsided

By Kelly Tshibaka

Staying focused on our calling is essential to accomplishing our mission, staying healthy and ministering in an effective way—which is exactly why the enemy tries to distract us. When we’re under his affliction and oppression, we often question God’s words to us and His call on our lives.



Identity Crisis: One Pastor’s Story

By Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer was preaching about living the Christian life and getting to heaven, but inside he was living a kind of hell on Earth. Ministry was killing him. From his new book, “Whole Life Transformation,” he shares how he faced the issues that were causing personal destruction, and how he got his life back.



ForeRunners (Part 2): Building NextGen Relationships

By Rod Light

ForeRunners were young once, too, and they say older ministers helped them succeed. Today, these ForeRunners hope they can offer their wisdom to a new generation of leaders. We may need to get past some generational differences, they say, but building strong networks across age and experience will make us all healthier leaders and result in an incredible harvest.

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