News: The Foursquare Church

  1. A fire broke out at the Prayer Chapel of The Church On The Way (Van Nuys Foursquare Church) in the Los Angeles area, one of Foursquare’s most well-known churches as the longtime home of Jack Hayford, who was senior pastor there for more than 30 years and also served as the movement’s president.Monday evening’s blaze caused significant damage to the roof, the interior of the main floor and the attic of the two-story Prayer Chapel. No one was in the building at the time, nor were there any injuries, and Pastor Jack’s basement office escaped damage. The alarm is understood to have been raised by a law enforcement officer responding to another call near the church campus on Sherman Way in Van Nuys, according to Tyler Shaw, executive pastor of operations at TCOTW. The cause of the fire is not yet known, he says, “but we have no indication that it was started maliciously.” Church communications were affected by the fire, as power to the building—which is used for youth ministry and also houses the church’s servers—had to be cut off. Middle and high school programs will be relocated elsewhere on the campus. Prayers and expressions of concern from some of the many thousands who have attended or visited TCOTW through the years were posted on its Facebook page. “So many memories there,” wrote one person, while another recalled having been married there in the 1970s. They described the building as “a spiritual landmark of God’s blessing!”“We can celebrate that there was no loss of life, there were no injuries, and, quite miraculously, most of the important documents, books and personal items that were in the building were unharmed.” —Tim Clark, senior pastor of The Church On The WayIn an email message to church members, Senior Pastor Tim Clark said that it was “a sad day” in light of the many “significant life events” that have taken place in the chapel. “I’ve spoken to many who encountered God’s presence and who heard the Lord’s voice giving them life-direction in that very room,” he wrote. But he reminded people of what he had said in his sermon two days previously, that “the church isn’t the building—God doesn’t live in buildings made by human hands—the church is God’s people! We can celebrate that there was no loss of life, there were no injuries, and, quite miraculously, most of the important documents, books and personal items that were in the building were unharmed.” Jack Hayford was senior pastor of TCOTW from 1969-1999, returning to lead the church for a short time during a transition in 2003. During his leadership, membership grew from fewer than 20 to more than 10,000. He was Foursquare president from 2004-2009, and was named pastor emeritus of TCOTW in 2015 in honor of his leadership contributions.
  2. Developed by the Foursquare National Church Office (NCO) and Life Pacific College (LPC), FoursquareLink, The Foursquare Church’s new job connection platform, is now available online.As The Foursquare Church extends its global influence, greater needs exist for qualified ministers and leaders to fill positions both in the church and the marketplace. FoursquareLink will connect job candidates with local church and business leaders who are part of the Foursquare Network. This includes LPC alumni, licensed and ordained Foursquare ministers, and students of Foursquare institutes and the Emerging Leader Network (ELN). Until now, Foursquare leaders have had to rely on personal contact or word of mouth to learn about candidates or open positions. Developers of FoursquareLink say the job placement process is about to get much easier. Users can create a personal profile and password, and upload cover letters, resumes and additional documents to assist them in job placement. Employers can upload details about open positions that will be searched by qualified Foursquare ministers and leaders. Because the Foursquare family will always value our personal connections, FoursquareLink will not replace the relational approach to ministry assignments. Instead, the platform offers a primary online system for posting and searching resumes and job opportunities. Lisa Penberthy, NCO leadership education and training coordinator, believes FoursquareLink will be a central place for NCO and districts to “track our pipeline of available leadership” while offering local churches access to qualified candidates. She hopes FoursquareLink will offer a better solution to job placement, providing people with an online location to make the right connection. Foursquare churches, districts, pastors and leaders can post opportunities and search for jobs by keyword and preferred Foursquare district. In addition to traditional jobs, users will also post available residencies, internships and opportunities for experiential learning. A.J. Zimmermann, director of the office of calling and vocation at LPC, is co-developer of FoursquareLink. He says these non-traditional, innovative opportunities are “vital areas of potential growth” for students and job candidates. FoursquareLink helps connect young leaders and ministers with practical, hands-on opportunities through the Experiential Learning Module. Job seekers can add these experiences to their resumes on FoursquareLink.FoursquareLink will offer a better solution to job placement, providing people with an online location to make the right connection. “LPC has long been an established pipeline for emerging leaders,” Lisa says. “The college has always worked hard to identify students seeking placement as well as serving churches and ministries with positions to fill.” New academic programs are being developed at LPC, and corresponding job opportunities will emerge through FoursquareLink, including positions in business, human development and psychology, communications and other degree programs in cooperation with Foursquare-affiliated leaders. To assist job hunters, FoursquareLink features resources for resume building and cover letters. The resume builder allows Foursquare Network members to link professional networks, such as LinkedIn, to their FoursquareLink account and create resumes based on industry-specific standards. As users develop additional skills in their field of expertise, they will be able to update their resumes to reflect that growth.Foursquare churches, districts, pastors and leaders can post opportunities and search for jobs by keyword and preferred Foursquare district. In addition to traditional jobs, users will also post available residencies, internships and opportunities for experiential learning. After signing up with a personal login, users can easily create and update personal, academic and work experience in their individual profiles. They can post an open position or apply for jobs within a desired Foursquare district. Job posters can set expiration dates for the entry and receive reminders about open positions in the system. FoursquareLink will notify employers when resumes and applications have been uploaded for an available position. Lisa celebrates the unified effort that made FoursquareLink possible, particularly the partnership between NCO and LPC. “FoursquareLink is a natural next step to merge our shared need for placement as NCO, LPC, ELN and Bible institutes work together toward the same outcome,” she says. Create a FoursquareLink Account Post an Open Position
  3. Longtime Foursquare Pastor Charlie Sattgast has been selected chief of the chaplain corps for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the United States Air Force’s all-volunteer auxiliary. He will be sworn in at a ceremony at CAP’s annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept. 2.Formed just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, CAP has 57,000 members who perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In his position, Charlie—deputy chief of chaplains the past two years—will oversee the world’s largest volunteer chaplain corps (more than 830 people). He will serve a three-year term. “I’m a little surprised and humbled,” says Charlie, pastor of hospitality at The Oregon Community (Portland North Foursquare Church) in Portland, Ore. “It’s definitely an honor. Now that I’ve been asked, I trust I am God’s man for the job.” A Foursquare-endorsed CAP chaplain since 2004, Charlie earned his master’s degree in pastoral studies from Multnomah University and a doctorate in organic leadership development from Bethel University. Jason Reynolds, director of Foursquare Chaplains International, says Chaplain Sattgast is well known for his deep faith and humility. “I believe Charlie is a wonderful testimony to the scriptural message of James 4:10, ‘Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up’ (NKJV),” Jason affirms. “He takes very seriously his responsibilities and carries out his duties with excellence. He is a man of wisdom and approachability, which makes him someone who can be trusted even with delicate matters.” A businessman before sensing God’s call to ministry, Charlie served as senior pastor of Portland’s Grace Foursquare Church from 1994-1998. He later served as an assisting minister there and at Eastside Foursquare Church before joining The Oregon Community in 2010. The first Foursquare-endorsed chaplain to serve in this position, Charlie is most excited about the opportunity to direct the spiritual lives of the 24,000 cadets who are part of CAP’s program. The auxiliary recently revamped the 24 virtues it teaches to young people over a two-year cycle to align them more closely with the Air Force Academy’s. They include such traits as integrity, service before self, and excellence. “Our hope is we can make a difference in the lives of young people in instilling these virtues,” Charlie explains. “The chaplain corps is the keeper of the core values; it’s our mission to make sure we keep them in front of the people.”“Chaplaincy has an impact in the community that no other branch of the church can have. It’s an exciting and fulfilling calling.” — Charlie Sattgast, new chief of the chaplain corps for the Civil Air Patrol Charlie decided to enlist in the CAP in 2001 to support his daughter when she became a cadet. Then he became a squadron chaplain, and “one thing led to another,” he says, crediting the Lord for all the opportunities. The highlight of his 16 years in the patrol is working with young people. Like the woman he counseled who later told a Celebrate Recovery meeting she was alive because Charlie asked her at a meeting how she was doing. Or the man who, after interacting with some cadets, told him: “I had given up hope for the future of our country. I’ve never met young people like them.” “If ministers understood the level of impact they can have beyond the walls of their congregation without that much extra time or effort, more would be involved in Civil Air Patrol,” Charlie asserts. “Chaplaincy has an impact in the community that no other branch of the church can have. It’s an exciting and fulfilling calling.”
  4. Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr., General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo and the board of directors are pleased to announce that Wendy Nolasco, an ordained Foursquare minister, has been named district supervisor of the MidSouth District.The appointment of Wendy, who is bilingual and bicultural, is being welcomed as a prophetic and future-looking move that further aligns Foursquare with God’s direction for the movement. Currently campus and executive pastor for New Life Church (Bakersfield Southwest Foursquare Church) in Bakersfield, Calif., helping oversee a staff of almost 60 on five campuses, Wendy steps into her new position effective Jan. 1, 2018. She will succeed David Coffey, who is retiring after nearly nine years as district supervisor of the MidSouth District’s 117 churches and congregations. A licensed minister since 2009, Wendy and her husband, Sal, have been married for 15 years and have three children: Lola, Diego and Phoenix. Her decade-plus service at New Life includes nine months as senior pastor while other senior leaders there were on extended leaves of medical absence. The total average attendance of all New Life campuses is now 3,500, and the Northwest Campus, where Wendy leads, has grown from around 250 to approximately 1,000. Wendy Nolasco spoke at Foursquare Connection 2017 As a featured speaker at this year’s Foursquare Connection, in Washington, D.C., Wendy told of growing up as “an outsider” born to Cuban political immigrant refugees, and how that experience had shaped her passion for ensuring that visitors to New Life feel welcome and accepted. Looking ahead to her new role, Wendy says: “We are full of hope and anticipation about the opportunity to advance our objectives as a Foursquare family, and build a culture of leadership, transformation and multiplication. We anticipate leaning into the whispers of the Holy Spirit as we navigate form and flow. The entrustment and belief by our Foursquare leadership will be our driving force as we embark into our collective future.” Announcing the appointment to MidSouth pastors and leaders in a video greeting, Tammy detailed how what those responsible believed to be the “creative, prophetic and future-focused” decision came about. Though other strong candidates had been interviewed, the selection committee had not sensed God’s confirmation of any of them.“We are full of hope and anticipation about the opportunity to advance our objectives as a Foursquare family, and build a culture of leadership, transformation and multiplication.” —Wendy Nolasco, newly appointed MidSouth district supervisor During a time of prayer and reflection in which the 1 Samuel account of Samuel’s anointing of David as king, over his older brothers, was shared, it became clear that God was leading in a new “out of the box” direction, Tammy said. In due course, Wendy and Sal were interviewed, and their recommendation unanimously approved by the board. “We believe that this decision is not only for the future of MidSouth, but that it is also prophetic for the entire Foursquare movement,” said Tammy. “This is the vanguard of something fresh and bold that God is doing. Please join us in prayer so, together, we are all ready to be used by God in this new day.” Glenn Burris Jr. echoes that, welcoming the appointment as an example of how the Reimagine realignment process Foursquare has been through recently is enabling the release of the “catalytic” leaders needed for the future. “We sensed God’s clear leading and hand through the process, and we want to be obedient to His direction,” says Glenn. “The Lord has mapped out a future that will bring a great harvest. I sense the Lord saying, 'The seed is already in the ground.’” A former pastor and previously district administrator for the South Central District, David Coffey says that he felt it was time to step down and make room “for someone who can help launch the future, and champion and support the next generation.” Part of Foursquare’s cabinet since 2003, David and his wife, Diane, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary next year and have two married adult children, Amber and Ryan, both serving in Foursquare ministry. Wendy Nolasco es nombrada como supervisor de distrito del MidSouthEl presidente de La Cuadrangular Glenn Burris Jr., la supervisora general Tammy Dunahoo y la junta directiva se complacen en anunciar que Wendy Nolasco, un ministro ordenado Cuadrangular ha sido nombrada supervisor de distrito del MidSouth. Wendy y Sal Nolasco El nombramiento de Wendy, que es bilingüe y bicultural, se está recibiendo como un movimiento profético y futurista que alinea aún más La Cuadrangular con la dirección de Dios para el movimiento. Actualmente es pastor de campus y pastor ejecutivo de la Iglesia New Life (Bakersfield Southwest Foursquare Church) en Bakersfield, California, ayudando a supervisar a un personal de casi 60 en cinco campus. Wendy ingresa a su nuevo cargo a partir del 1 de enero de 2018. Sucederá a David Coffey, quien se jubila después de casi nueve años como supervisor de distrito de las 117 iglesias y congregaciones del distrito de MidSouth. Ella ha sido un ministro con credenciales desde 2009, Wendy y su esposo, Sal, han estado casados por 15 años y tienen tres hijos: Lola, Diego y Phoenix. Su servicio de más de una década en New Life incluye nueve meses como pastor principal, mientras que otros líderes principales se encontraban en prolongadas ausencias médicas. La asistencia total promedio de todos los campus de New Life es ahora de 3,500 y el campus del noroeste, donde Wendy lidera, ha crecido de alrededor de 250 a aproximadamente 1,000 personas.Wendy Nolasco habló en la Conexión Cuadrangular 2017   Como una oradora principal en la Conexión Cuadrangular de este año, en Washington, DC, Wendy habló de haber crecido como "un forastero" nacida de refugiados políticos inmigrantes cubanos y cómo esa experiencia ha moldeado su pasión por asegurar que los visitantes de New Life se sientan bienvenidos y aceptados. Mirando hacia su nuevo rol, Wendy dice: "Estamos llenos de esperanza y anticipación sobre la oportunidad de avanzar nuestros objetivos como una familia Cuadrangular, y construir una cultura de liderazgo, transformación y multiplicación. Anticipamos inclinarnos hacia los susurros del Espíritu Santo mientras navegamos y fluimos. La encomienda y la creencia de nuestro liderazgo Cuadrangular será nuestra fuerza motriz mientras embarcamos en nuestro futuro colectivamente". Al anunciar el nombramiento a los pastores y líderes del MidSouth en un saludo de video (en inglés solamente), Tammy detalló cómo surgió la decisión "creativa, profética y centrada en el futuro". Aunque muchos candidatos fuertes habían sido entrevistados, el comité de selección no había sentido la confirmación de Dios de ninguno de ellos."Estamos llenos de esperanza y anticipación sobre la oportunidad de avanzar nuestros objetivos como una familia Cuadrangular, y construir una cultura de liderazgo, transformación y multiplicación." —Wendy Nolasco, recién nombrada supervisor de distrito del MidSouth Durante un tiempo de oración y reflexión en el que se compartió el relato de 1 Samuel acerca de la unción de David como rey sobre sus hermanos mayores por Samuel, se hizo evidente que Dios estaba liderando en una nueva dirección "original", dijo Tammy. A su debido tiempo, Wendy y Sal fueron entrevistados, y su recomendación fue aprobada por unanimidad por la junta. "Creemos que esta decisión no es sólo para el futuro de MidSouth, sino que también es profético para todo el movimiento Cuadrangular", dijo Tammy. "Estamos en la vanguardia de algo fresco y audaz que Dios está haciendo. Por favor, únese a nosotros en oración para que, juntos, todos estemos listos para ser usados ​​por Dios en este nuevo día". Glenn Burris Jr. da la bienvenida al nombramiento como un ejemplo de cómo el proceso de realineación de Reimagina La Cuadrangular está permitiendo la liberación de líderes "catalíticos" necesarios para el futuro. "Sentimos que el liderazgo claro de Dios y la mano a través del proceso, y queremos ser obedientes a su dirección", dice Glenn. "El Señor ha trazado un futuro que traerá una gran cosecha. Percibo al Señor diciendo: 'La semilla ya está en la tierra' ". David Coffey, anteriormente pastor y administrador del distrito South Central, dice que él sentía que era hora de bajar y de entregar dicha posición "para alguien que puede ayudar a lanzar el futuro, liderando y apoyando a la generación siguiente". David ha sido parte del gabinete de La Cuadrangular desde 2003, él y su esposa, Diane, celebran su aniversario de bodas de oro el próximo año. Ellos tienen dos hijos adultos casados, Amber y Ryan, ambos sirven en el ministerio Cuadrangular.
  5. Leslie Keegel’s appointment as chair of the Foursquare Global Council is celebrated as a major milestone in the movement’s history because it is the first time an international member is chairing this eldering body.The long-serving national leader of Foursquare in Sri Lanka, Leslie is widely known and respected for championing church growth through Spirit-empowered ministry and for having brought key prophetic words to past Foursquare Connection meetings. He received the symbolic global leadership baton at this year’s gathering in Washington, D.C. As Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. presented the baton, regional leaders encircled Leslie and his wife, Belen, to pray for them and anoint them with oil. Glenn stated that he welcomed this “historic day,” and also said that he believed the appointment will “take us places we have never seen before because of the release of this ministry.” The succession is being seen as a powerful and even prophetic expression of Foursquare’s Four-Stage Model for its work in establishing new ministry around the world—pioneering, establishing, empowering and then sending. Acknowledging the apostolic leadership that is prominent in other parts of the world outside the U.S., Glenn told those at Connection 2017 that the role of the U.S. Church has changed from that of “parent to partner.” Through mutual collaboration and unity, we are empowered as a global family, praying for and endorsing one another across the globe. Since Leslie was appointed Foursquare national leader of Sri Lanka in 1983, our movement there has grown to some 1,600 churches and meeting places. That growth has not come without opposition and cost: 20 Foursquare leaders have been martyred for their faith. The significance of the impact of our Foursquare Sri Lanka family is also seen in the fact that Sri Lankans now lead four other national Foursquare works: in New Zealand, the UK, and two other nations unnamed due to security considerations.“Leslie Keegel has demonstrated a unique apostolic mantle across cultures, continents and churches. God’s grace and favor rests on his life.” —Glenn Burris Jr., president of The Foursquare Church Leslie becomes global chair after two years serving as co-chair with Glenn. He has also faithfully served as chairman of the South Asia Regional Council of Foursquare Churches and the Eastern Council of Foursquare Churches. Thanking Glenn for his “exemplary leadership” and mentorship, Leslie says that he has taken the role as the chair “trusting in the Lord and completely yielding to the Holy Spirit.” In speaking about Glenn and Ted Vail, the director of Foursquare Missions International (FMI), he states that they “will work closely with me to help me steer this big ship.” He also notes that “the support of my friends from the regions and nations is amazing and enormous.” In his new role, Leslie will head the 21-strong group, comprised of regional and other leaders, overseeing some 100,000-plus churches in over 155 nations. Meeting in person at least once a year, with quarterly conference calls, continual communication, and with active committee teams, the Global Council is charged with guarding and guiding Foursquare’s work around the world. In addition to an Executive Committee (serving as the Steering Committee), the Global Council offers direction and oversight through three pro-active ministry-focused committees: Functional Structures, Shared Mission, and Training and Education. Other committees of importance are the Financial Committee, the Intervention Committee and the Women’s Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the 15 regions. Discussions and decisions are centered on holding true to Foursquare’s six Global Distinctives: kingdom partnerships with other groups, a commitment to sound doctrine, empowering people for leadership, strong family relationships, and an emphasis on Spirit-empowered living and disciple-making. Passing the baton at Foursquare Connection 2017 “Never has it been more important in the history of the church to network and partner to finish the Great Commission,” says Glenn Burris Jr. “People are going everywhere as a result of a variety of circumstances, such as job changes, immigration or becoming refugees, and it is a divine intersection of mission and opportunity. It really has to be the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.” Looking ahead, Leslie speaks of hopes for a global 24/7 prayer chain, and encouraging prayer and Spirit-filled life and ministry in every national church. “We must see more and more the preaching of the Word being confirmed by signs, wonders and miracles,” he asserts. Among his requests for prayer as he begins his new role is his earnest prayer that he might receive “anointing and wisdom to see as God would want me to see, and boldness and faith to be decisive in taking the global family forward.” He also prays for national leaders to know an increased “heartfelt passion and God-given vision to pray passionately and lead decisively.”Through mutual collaboration and unity, we are empowered as a global family, praying for and endorsing one another across the globe. He also urges prayer and fasting for those who are undergoing persecution. “In many parts of the world, Christians are being martyred for their faith,” he says. “Many are being thrown out of their homes, families and clans. Children are denied schooling, men and women lose the opportunity of employment.” Glenn adds: “This baton relay in global leadership represents the pinnacle of the missiology of Scripture. We have, in the ethos of our movement, the early church conviction of empowerment. Leslie Keegel has demonstrated a unique apostolic mantle across cultures, continents and churches. God’s grace and favor rests on his life. He is powerfully anointed to confront the kingdom of darkness, to model leading with Holy Spirit power and in the prophetic, and he leads with such humility and grace. The Global Foursquare Church is poised to be a significant part of God’s plan to reach every corner of the world with the good news of the gospel of salvation, redemption, healing and hope.”