Church Multiplication - Stage 1

Welcome to our Foursquare Multiply Cohort Stage 1! In this beginning stage we will focus on the development of your relationship with Foursquare as a

licensed minister and Senior Pastor. The course work covers our missional DNA; what makes us Foursquare and how you can develop a faith community that is birthed from the same convictions and ministry ideals.

As a part of this Cohort experience, most of the online learning and interaction will happen in our private Facebook group as you journey with other planters. Please take a moment to ask to join the Facebook Group so that you can be a part of the online experience. Click below for a direct link to our page. Please  bookmark this page as we will be posting pertinent details for the Cohort here.

Assignments

Week One

Reading Assignment: Hayford PDF – Chapters 1, 3, 13 & 15

Discussion Assignment: Please answer each question for each chapter. Please be sure to respond to your cohort-mates posts with questions or support.

Chapter 1

What did you not know about Foursquare that you discovered in a chapter?

Chapter 3

Is the stance on Moderation in line with your previous church experience and how might it effect your new church?

Chapter 13

What are your disciple-making behaviors or activities?

Chapter 15

What leadership core values will you bring to your new church? You can add any other thoughts or questions - whatever strikes you as interesting.

 

Week Two

Reading Assignment: Hayford PDF – Chapters 4, 5, & 6

Discussion Assignment: I would like to read your thoughts on how you will blend your Pentecostal convictions with your commitment to be culturally relevant. Sometimes church planters focus more on cultural relevance without any visible manifestations of the Holy Spirit - they don’t want to alienate others. If you start your church that way it is not likely to function like a Spirit-filled faith community.

Also what ministry experiences do you have with other ethnicities and cultures and what have those experiences taught you?

Please remember to circle back and comment on your cohort friends’ posts.

Week Three

Reading Assignment: Hayford PDF – 7, 8, 11, 12

Discussion Assignment: I‘ll let you pick what you want to say about each chapter. It might be a good idea to try and post your thoughts by Thursday each week so you have some time interact with each other. Great job so far.

Week Four

Reading Assignment: 10, 9, 14 & 2 (finishing the book)

Discussion Assignment: I’d like to talk about how chapters 13 (Cultural Relevance), 4 (Pentecostal Heritage) and 8 (prophetic Community) all shape some of your views on making disciples (chapter 13). 

 

Week Five

Reading Assignment: ZOOM CALL

Discussion Assignment: Let’s talk about Jim’s book and what you’ve learned about being a Foursquare pastor.

Week Six

Reading Assignment: Random Thought on Evangelism PDF (focus on page one for this week’s assignment)

Discussion Assignment: As a church planter, what are some of the issues you wrestle with regarding contextualization and bringing the whole gospel to secular people?”

Week Seven

Random Thoughts on Evangelism PDF (focus on page one for this week’s assignment)

Consider one statement from the Random Thoughts paper: "The critical component, the reason contextualization is so important to our understanding of becoming the hermeneutic of the gospel in our communities, is that we too must examine our own attitudes and practices in light of God’s word to discern how we might bring the whole gospel to the whole world."

 

Discussion Assignment: It's important to realize that you (and your church members) may be the only gospel story members of your community see. God has richly blessed you with his written word, it has shaped your faith and revealed how wonderful God is. Many people don't read the Bible so you become the Bible story for them by what you say and do ... or don't say or don't do.

 

1.) As a church planter, what are some of the issues you wrestle with regarding contextualization and bringing the whole gospel to secular people?”

2.) Please share one personal attitude or practice that fuels your ability to discern the needs of your community and share one attitude or practice that helps you.

 

Week Eight

Random Thoughts on Evangelism PDF

Hi all, reading through the responses I can sense your grappling with culture and the gospel. As church planters you have unique opportunities to display how you and your church will be “lovingly devoted to all people (Luke 10:27), joining them where faith actually lives - in the midst of people's lives” (from the reading assignment Random Thoughts on Evangelism, paragraph one).

 

Discussion Assignment: What type of people do you feel most called to? Yes, our love for God places in our hearts a loving devotion to all people, but most of us have a deeper empathy for some more than others. Please describe who you feel most drawn to and why (for the sake of this exercise let’s omit “other Christians” from the list).

 

Week Nine

The importance of Holy Spirit Baptism for missional focus and development

Reading Assignment: Empowered for Witness PDF by David Moore

Please read the David Moore PDF. Give special attention to the highlighted areas. Comment one observation that stuck out to you from the reading. We will discuss this PDF in detail at our Retreat. 

Discussion Assignment: It's important to realize that you (and your church members) may be the only gospel story members of your community see. God has richly blessed you with his written word, it has shaped your faith and revealed how wonderful God is. Many people don't read the Bible so you become the Bible story for them by what you say and do ... or don't say or don't do.

Please share one personal attitude or practice that hinders your ability to discern the needs of your community and share one attitude or practice that helps you.

Cohort Zoom Information

Please mark these dates and times on your calendars and join us for these times together.

 

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Orientation Zoom Call | June 11th at 6pm CST  

Videos for each cohort can be viewed under the WATCH VIDEOS tab for each stage

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/865002673

Documents to review: Welcome to Foursquare Multiply, The Mentoring Mosaic

Meeting ID: 865 002 673

Check in #1 Zoom Call | July 3rd at 6pm CST   

Videos for each cohort can be viewed under the WATCH VIDEOS tab for each stage

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/981213503

Meeting ID: 981 213 503

Check in #2 Zoom Call | August 6th at 6pm CST  

Videos for each cohort can be viewed under the WATCH VIDEOS tab for each stage

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/948033257

Meeting ID: 948 033 257

Facebook Group

As a part of this Cohort experience, most of the online learning and interaction will happen in our private Facebook group as you journey with other planters. Please take a moment to ask to join the Facebook Group so that you can be a part of the online experience. Click below for a direct link to our page.

Retreat Details

Stage 1 Retreat Dates & Details

Stage One Retreat Description: We would love to introduce you to our district staff and office support, they will be the ones helping you with assignments, ministerial licensing, church registration and administrative process development. Friday morning starts with a discussion of Dr. David Moore’s paper, Empowered for Witness. After lunch we will spend some time with church planters that recently started their faith community. We’ll be talking about the stages of forming discipling relationships, leadership formation, moving to a new city, caring for your family and meeting new people, structuring your faith community and how to begin community gatherings. Saturday morning we will hear from some of our Foursquare missionaries about reaching people groups in your city. Our closing session will circle back to the importance of mentors and coaches.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Travel: Please arrange your own travel to our retreat location. You will be responsible for your own flights as well as your travel to/from the airport. Uber/Lyft available or rentals are available in the airport.

Hotels: All hotels will be provided by the district and those details will be emailed to you separately.

Food: All food will be provided by the district during our time together.

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