The Foursquare Church has two aspects in our ministerial credentialing: licensing and ordination. Ordination is currently offered to those who have held a Foursquare license for two years or more. 

Ordination is the setting apart of someone’s life for spiritual leadership and authority within the body of Christ. It is a culmination of the ministerial licensing process and is bestowed on an individual after two years of faithful ministerial service. We value ordination as a recognition of a lifelong call to ministry, affirmed by both the minister being presented for ordination and those in spiritual authority over his/her life.

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The Foursquare Association includes two groups: community members and credentialed ministers. As a community member applicant, your district office will put you in contact with a local Foursquare minister to help you establish relationships and become better acquainted with Foursquare.

Ordination is bestowed on an individual after two years of faithful ministerial service. At the two-year mark, the minister will be notified by the credentialing team that they qualify for ordination.

The senior pastor/appointing pastor will be contacted after the minister responds with an application for ordination. The senior pastor will receive a reference form, at which time they can communicate their recommendation.

There are three key ordination ceremony options that ministers can choose from:

  • An ordination service at Foursquare Connection, held annually in late May.
  • An online event in your church, where you host a local ordination ceremony while watching the live ordination service being held at Foursquare Connection. (Note: The broadcast of the Connection ordination service is a one-way livestream of the event being held there, not a two-way stream.)
  • An individual ordination ceremony in your local church, with your local leadership, to offer flexible dates and times if you’re unable to attend Foursquare Connection.

Once the paperwork is complete and processed, you will receive further support with choosing your ceremony and getting ceremony details. We will assist you in getting everything set up.

To participate in the ordination service during Foursquare Connection service (in person or livestream) complete all paperwork by Feb. 28. This includes your senior leader’s recommendation form which is sent via email from the Credentialing team and completed confidentially.

Need to get credentialed first? Learn more.