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What is a Covenant church?

The idea of a Covenant church has been in the heart of Foursquare leadership for many years as one option for churches to be part of the Foursquare family through something called the Foursquare Association. The concept of Covenant church was totally recast in 2016 to fulfill a long-time goal of creating new options for local Foursquare churches to own and manage real property, which is a contrast to our historical model for property ownership where title to real property has been jointly by all Foursquare Churches via our corporate structure.

In June of 2016, the Foursquare convention body adopted a bylaw revision to provide for a Covenant church to be a local Foursquare church, but with its own corporate existence. The unique feature is the existence of a written covenant agreement, voluntarily entered into by International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and the local Covenant church. In the Covenant agreement, the local Covenant church pledges itself to adhere to the bylaws of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) and to operate fully as a local Foursquare church. In turn, ICFG pledges itself to provide the same covering and care to a local Covenant church that would be given to a Foursquare Charter church.

This new provision is an important step intended to remove barriers for existing churches who want to be part of the Foursquare family and yet maintain direct responsibility for decisions to buy, sell, improve, encumber or lease church owned property.

 


Learn about the Covenant arrangement.


 

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explaining what it means to be a Covenant church.

 
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How is a Covenant church different than a Charter church?

With the exception of a Covenant church maintaining its own legal existence in order to locally manage property-related decisions, there is very little difference between a Charter and Covenant church. By virtue of the Covenant agreement, the local Covenant church pledges itself to adhere to the bylaws of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and to operate fully as a local Foursquare church; it is entitled to almost all of the same resources, services and privileges as a Charter church. This diagram provides a side-by-side comparison of the services and benefits provided by the denomination to Foursquare churches in each category.





What is the process of becoming a
Foursquare Covenant church?


The diagram below illustrates the key stages involved in the application process. It is important to note that the senior pastor of a Foursquare Covenant church must hold an active Foursquare ministers credential before the process can be completed. In addition, the Covenant agreement must be ratified by a 3/4 majority vote of the church congregation.




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Ready to apply to be a Covenant church?

 
Apply 

To obtain an application, contact your local district office.



   
Download Instructions

Download the entire packet of materials presented on this website, along with a printable document listing the step-by-step instructions.

Toolkit

For more helpful resources visit Foursquare’s Online Administrative Toolkit.

 
 




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