Who will be our next president?

As current Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr.’s two terms are coming to an end, a new president will be elected at Foursquare Connection 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. While the new president won’t actually take office until September 2020, the Foursquare bylaws call for an early election to allow time for the next president to transition from their current assignment and learn the office of president. The Foursquare Church will keep its credentialed ministers apprised of pertinent election information, and this website will also be updated throughout the election season.


Join us in Prayer

For the Foursquare Family:

  • Pray for clarity and discernment as the Lord leads us to the right nominees.
  • Pray for our communication and forums that will connect the presidential candidates with the Foursquare family.
  • Pray for a God-inspired unity nationally and globally after the selection.

For the Future-President:

  • Pray for a heart, head and hand anointing for this role.
  • Pray a covering and preparedness for their family.
  • Pray for a Holy Spirit-inspired prophetic vision to arise in the future-president’s soul.

Presidential Profile

Our next president will:

  • Be a Spirit-filled leader, embracing and expecting the unique pentecostal ethos of Foursquare
  • Be an empowering leader with a track record of collaborative and executive leadership and fiscal responsibility.
  • Bring a greater urgency to evangelism and mission, partnering with churches in their mission of making disciples and planting churches, in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Be a culturally aware champion of diversity and inclusion, continuing and accelerating our diversification in ethnicities, cultures, gender, generations and expressions.
  • Understand, steward and build on the healthy present toward a missional future, with a Spirit-led vision and passion.
Download the president’s job description

Timeline of Events: What’s Next?

Wondering where we are in the process of selecting a new president for The Foursquare Church? The following are a few key dates to know.

November 2018: Request for licensed ministers to submit two names for possible inclusion on the presidential ballot.

January 2019: A special cabinet meeting is called to refine the list of recommendations and select nominees (per the approved process) for office of president.

March 2019: Cabinet refines list of nominees through interviews and subsequent vote. Final names for convention balloting will be determined.

March – May 2019: Public introduction of the two or three presidential nominees via electronic and printed communication; forums and webinars slated for dynamic interaction. Absentee balloting registration opens in late March.

May 2019: Presidential election to be held during Foursquare Connection 2019 in Nashville, Tenn., with absentee voting for ministers not present due in advance of convention.

September 2019: President-elect installed in training capacity for official installation in fall 2020.

May 2020: President-elect is commissioned at Foursquare Connection and takes the oath of office.

September 2020: The new Foursquare president officially takes office.

Download a full list of dates for the presidential selection process timeline.

Get to know your Foursquare presidential candidates. Full bios and videos will be posted in late March, following cabinet, once candidates have been confirmed. Download the presidential job description.



Absentee Voting

Credentialed ministers who are unable to attend Foursquare Connection 2019 can absentee vote in advance. Absentee balloting registration will begin by mail in late March with votes due in advance of convention. Check back in March for information on how to register for absentee balloting.

Livestream + Forum Events

Candidates will be visiting forum locations, with select events available to watch online. Event locations and livestream information will be announced in April. Plan to attend an event in-person or online to make an informed voting decision.

FAQ

Foursquare credentialed ministers can submit the names of two ordained ministers for consideration. In November, credentialed ministers will receive a nomination ballot by mail. Each credentialed minister can submit the names of two ordained ministers for the office of Foursquare president.

Bylaws section 7.1.2.A. - Minister Participation: Each licensed minister shall be given opportunity to submit the names of two nominees to an accounting firm designated by the corporate secretary for confidential tally.

The Foursquare cabinet will meet in January 2019 and March 2019 to review credentialed minister nominations and determine the candidates for the office of president.

Bylaws section 7.1.2 - Procedures for Selecting the President: When the office of president has or will become vacant due to resignation, retirement, death, removal, expiration of the president’s term of office, or for any other reason, the Cabinet shall select candidates for the office of president as set forth in these Bylaws.

Yes, credentialed ministers may absentee vote for the office of president. Information on each candidate will be made available in advance of convention so that absentee voters can make an informed decision. Those attending Foursquare Connection 2019 in Nashville, Tenn., are highly encouraged to vote onsite.

To vote by absentee ballot, a minister must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Bylaws section 5.5: Members Entitled to Vote on Convention Business
 Licensed ministers of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel holding active status under the provision of these Bylaws and whose credential fees are paid current at the time the convention convenes or when an absentee ballot is requested. A minister whose credential fees are not current at the time the convention convenes or when an absentee ballot is requested will not be privileged to vote.

Convention delegates are able to vote onsite at Foursquare Connection 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. Only credentialed ministers can absentee vote.

To vote by absentee ballot, a credentialed minister must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Bylaws section 5.5 Members Entitled to Vote on Convention Business
 Licensed ministers of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel holding active status under the provision of these Bylaws and whose credential fees are paid current at the time the convention convenes or when an absentee ballot is requested. A minister whose credential fees are not current at the time the convention convenes or when an absentee ballot is requested will not be privileged to vote.

The Foursquare bylaws are public and available for anyone to review. Section 7.1.2 includes all information regarding selecting a president. Section 11.1.3 states that the cabinet shall select candidates for the office of president. Section 5.5 references members entitled to vote on convention business. Section 5.9 references absentee voting for president.

Read the full bylaws here

Contact

Have questions about anything related to the presidential election process or voting?

Email the corporate secretary’s office, or call 213.989.4371.