Rod Light | October 21, 2020

LPU students learn how the Foursquare family lives, how the culture impacts communities, and how to more closely align with the ethos of The Foursquare Church.

Learning how to lead someone into the Baptism with the Holy Spirit can be intimidating for a student and practicing how to share Foursquare doctrine with a friend or coworker can be challenging unless someone has intentionally taught you how to do it. Life Pacific University students who want to secure their ministry licenses with The Foursquare Church now have an expanded approach to understanding and sharing Foursquare culture, doctrine, and polity through a licensing course that incorporates all three in one class.

Polity PanelsStudents at LPU in Christiansburg and San Dimas are learning more about the Foursquare family than ever before through a series of guest lecturers, seasoned pastors who live the values of The Foursquare Church and know how to mentor young leaders to embrace the culture, doctrine, and polity that will serve them well throughout a lifetime of effective ministry.

Generations of Life Pacific students have received Foursquare polity education in preparation for interview panels and through this expanded approach they will receive more than how the organization operates. They will learn how the family lives, how the culture impacts communities, and how to align more closely with the ethos of Foursquare itself, according to the course facilitator Kristina Stover.

Kristina, who is the Director of the Office of Calling and Vocation says the expanded approach offers equipping for ministry and provides a network for students after graduation. Guest lecturers each week represent a diverse group of pastoral leaders and each one lectures on a topic that is a passion of their heart.

Students are given the tools and opportunities they need to set themselves up for continued success and service after receiving their license, Kristina adds. As a licensed Foursquare minister, she know how important it is for students to examine Foursquare doctrine, core values, and ethos, and how vital it is for students to rub shoulders with practitioners in the field. Pastors are catching the vision and are responding in supportive ways, especially those who are pouring their hearts and experiences into the lives of the students.

Foursquare Vice President of U.S. Operations Tammy Dunahoo is thrilled at the response by pastors who want to be involved at LPU. She hopes that students will find lifelong relationships through their interactions with these leaders. “We are excited about the fresh approach to the Foursquare Licensing Course offered at LPU and LPU-Virginia which covers Foursquare doctrine, ethos and mission, history and heritage, polity and practical ministry,” Tammy says.

“Each student will also be linked with a pastor in a small cohort for coaching and mentoring and we hope that students will find lifelong relationships through the process,” - Tammy Dunahoo

Polity PrayerTammy believes the updated content and approach will be relational and relevant to Foursquare ministry by inviting pastors to offer practical input as well as academic understanding of the content. “Each student will also be linked with a pastor in a small cohort for coaching and mentoring and we hope that students will find lifelong relationships through the process,” she adds.

Cohorts help students engage the preparation process for their licensing interview and also provide a broadened network of pastoral connections and support. “This class clarifies the ethos and doctrine of The Foursquare Church and in doing so, students are able to better identify how they can walk out their calling in the day-to-day,” Kristina says. “We want students to know they have the support and community they need to succeed.”

Kristina is convinced that the expanded approach to the licensing course will provide students with community, embodiment, and affirmation. “We want them to embody Scripture and doctrine so they can walk it out and lead others to do the same. We also want to affirm them in their calling,” she says.

“As students walk through the process of learning Foursquare culture, doctrine, and polity, my hope is that they walk through the process feeling celebrated and hope-filled as they enter their chosen field of ministry.” - Kristina Stover

A Foursquare licensed minister for 10 years, Kristina facilitates class sessions, offers guidance and support to students as they complete course assignments, and schedules coaching and interview segments with students and interviewers. Drawing from her experience as a licensed minister, Kristina knows how important a network of support can be. She hopes to provide space for students to process the hard questions of how to rightly apply scripture to daily life and leadership.

“I remember how deeply moving it was for me to be affirmed in my calling by those who have walked ahead of me,” Kristina says. “As students walk through the process of learning Foursquare culture, doctrine, and polity, my hope is that they walk through the process feeling celebrated and hope-filled as they enter their chosen field of ministry.”