As I write this, I’m in Oregon today to participate in a pastoral transition at East Hill (Gresham Foursquare Church) in Gresham. Keith and Coco Jenkins, who previously served with Randy Remington at Beaverton Foursquare Church, will now shepherd this community in Gresham. Jason Albelo, former East Hill senior pastor, and his wife, Nikki, are in transition as they continue to serve the district and seek the Lord’s direction for their future. This church, formerly pastored by Ted and Diane Roberts, is a legendary resource church that took off under Jerry and Barbara Cook, and has never looked back.
Transitions always happen. It’s how they happen that sets them up for success or failure. Two words that have been given to me to focus on for my presentation for East Hill have to do with “honor” and “hope.” The assignment was to share something around these two themes: “Honor the Past” and “Hope for the Future.”
My thoughts are simple. An honoring culture means you celebrate what God has done. You respect what God has said. Then a hope culture believes in who God is, and you trust where God is going.
There is a legacy of past presidents, all of whom have contributed to Foursquare’s culture and mission. Debbie and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to build on what was done and add a small part to our movement’s future. We regularly remind ourselves we are living in a house we didn’t build and eating from vines we didn’t plant.
Now Randy Remington will lead us into the future. We honor Randy and Sandy, and we are filled with hope concerning their vision for our movement. We are praying for them daily. We are witnessing a fresh anointing, favor and discernment being poured over them by the Lord. These will be great days for the kingdom and for our family. Randy has been providing updates about how the transition has been going at his district conference stops; watch what he shared at the Pacific Southwest district conference.
Transitions happen whether we plan for them or not. Let’s be intentional and give the Holy Spirt willing vessels to flow through, to make God known everywhere, so that the deep despair in our world turns to fresh hope in Jesus Christ. This will be Foursquare’s finest hour! (1 Cor. 3:6-9)
Upcoming Calendar Dates for the President-Elect
|Nov. 5||Presidential inauguration of Angie Richey, Life Pacific University’s 11th president|
|Nov. 5-6||Meeting with the Foursquare Endowment Committee and Resource Development Committee in Long Beach, Calif.|
|Nov. 6||Life Pacific University — legacy chapel service|
|Nov. 6-7||Board of directors meeting in Long Beach, Calif.|
|Nov. 22||Northeast Atlantic District conference|
|Dec. 2-6||District supervisors + area missionaries meeting|
|Dec. 10-11||Executive team meeting in Los Angeles|
|Dec. 13||Central office staff family day, Knott’s Berry Farm|
|Dec. 13||Randy will be the commencement speaker at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas|
|Dec. 23-Jan. 1||Central office and district offices closed|
Three resources Glenn Burris Jr. is enjoying this month:
- Church Leaders Daily News: This email update is filled with current news and events, reported about Christians and their influence around the world. Subscribe at churchleaders.com.
- PCCNA Portents: Foursquare is a member of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America. Each month, they send Portents, an email with updates about what is going on in charismatic churches and movements. Subscribe at pccna.org.
- Max Lucado’s Encouraging Word: Max Lucado sends out a weekday devotional, as well as ministry resources created by the well-known author and speaker. Subscribe at maxlucado.com.