Global Distinctives: An Introduction
Leaders from over 70 nations gathered in Phoenix, Ariz., immediately following Foursquare Connection 2012. The three days of meetings included collaborative and unified intercession to hear the voice of the Lord for the Foursquare global family. During that time, the global Foursquare community agreed they are in alignment with these Global Distinctives.
The following Global Distinctives are what make The Foursquare Church around the world distinct as a movement and as a denomination.
Global Distinctive 1: Kingdom Partnerships
We will work alongside other Christians and churches with whom we can partner in mission. We will be a distinct movement, but will also hold a collegial spirit and maintain a helpful and cooperative posture.
Global Distinctive 2: Sound Doctrine
The Declaration of Faith of the Foursquare Church will guide our practice, church polity, and call of believers into the work of the Kingdom. It will be a biblical statement, apply to all members, and be the Declaration of Faith for all churches and all member nations. Its roots are deeply rooted in the sole source of spiritual authority – the Word of God.
Global Distinctive 3: Empowering Leadership
According to God’s gifting and calling, we will intentionally prepare and release men and women across generations and cultures into all positions of leadership and areas of ministry.
Global Distinctive 4: Family Relationships
We will relate to each other with love in our Global Family. We acknowledge that relationships are the heart of God’s Kingdom and will extend grace to fellow believers through ministry, cooperation and mutual submission in our global church.
Global Distinctive 5: Spirit Empowerment
As a Spirit-filled movement, we will consistently minister the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and teach and encourage believers to fully express the gifts of the Spirit in their daily lives. We totally submit ourselves in obedience to the Spirit’s use of our lives and His miraculous works in our day.
Global Distinctive 6: Shared Mission
We will focus our mission and ministry efforts on multiplying disciples, leaders, churches and national movements. Holding to God’s passion for the lost, we will seek a movement of evangelism, mercy ministries, contextualized church planting and mobilizing indigenous believers in ministry among all peoples.