Do you feel called to formal ministry within The Foursquare Church? Whether you are called to serve at a local church, as an evangelist or even a missionary, here’s what it takes to get credentialed within The Foursquare Church.
SENIOR PASTOR of a church contacts the district and nominates a candidate for licensing by providing their approval as well as applicants legal name, phone number, and email address.
The LICENSING COORDINATOR will take that information, create a HUB account and generate a senior pastor recommendation form (MP-0) that is emailed to the senior pastor. (Great place to remind senior pastor’s to keep their information updated in the HUB).
The SENIOR PASTOR fills out and signs this form on their HUB account.
The LICENSING COORDINATOR receives and reviews this form. We then generate a request for a background check and email that to the applicant. This is the first time communication is made with applicant.
The APPLICANT follows the email instructions to submit the needed forms to our partner Castlebranch who then runs the background check. This takes 7-10 business days to complete.
OPTION ONE- The background check returns with no areas needing further support. (Credit and Criminal)
The LICENSING COORDINATOR generates the application for the license applicant and sends them an email with next steps for filling it out!
OPTION TWO- The background check returns with an area needing further support (Credit or Criminal)
The LICENSING COORDINATOR will create and issue an inquiry form to help gather more context to determine healthy next steps. This does not preclude an individual from being licensed except in cases of sexual violence against minors. The purpose of this form is to allow the applicant to engage in conversation so that no decisions are made about the results of a report but instead the focus is on healthy next steps for people!
The APPLICANT will fill out, sign, and submit this form.
The LICENSING COORDINATOR will review the form:
OPTION ONE- If the form provides clear next steps for lower level results and no further support is needed we move to step 6A.
OPTION TWO- If further support or information is needed to determine healthy next steps a pastoral review is called so that the applicant can meet, discuss, and work towards a healthy and sustainable set of next steps. If the review believes that this is a healthy season for the applicant to move on in the process the panel alerts the licensing coordinator who returns to step 6A. If the panel decides that health and healing may be needed before the applicant is prepared to receive a license the license process will pause so that focus can be put on the health and healing of the individual. This does not constitute failure but instead a focus on God’s timing and a commitment to raising up leaders who are healthy and whole.
The APPLICANT completes the MP-1 Application form.
OPTION ONE- There is no divorce listed on this application
The LICENSING COORDINATOR reviews the application and issues the recommendation forms as to the requests of the applicant.
OPTION TWO- A Divorce is Listed on the Application
The LICENSING COORDINATOR will send out a form to gather information on this area that needs further support (Divorce)
The process is identical to steps Six B-D except in the context of a divorce. If the divorce is more than 15 years old Step Six D Option One Applies.
Each SENIOR PASTOR logs into the HUB and completes, signs, and submits the MP-2 recommendation form.
The LICENSING COORDINATOR reviews these forms and submits the candidate to the polity phase.
The APPLICANT works with their coach to complete the assigned resources which will be shipped to them, the polity course, and all interview training. When The COACH determines readiness they reach out to the district to request an interview.
The DISTRICT OFFICE schedules the interview panel, time, and date. Once the interview is conducted and the decision is made, any remaining paperwork and the initial annual fee is collected from the applicant, the application is put together and submitted to the board.