Why Not Use the Secret Weapon?

Foursquare Chaplaincy International (FCI) “takes the Foursquare Gospel to those who need help, hope and healing in places beyond the typical reach of the local church.” Chaplains are pastors who serve in a variety of environments including military bases, ships, war zones, hospitals, hospices, crime scenes, prisons, workplaces and natural disasters.

Chaplains are a secret weapon waiting to be used.  Here is what I mean.  Schools, businesses, non-profits, and government often set a boundary against pastors.  But a chaplain is given an open door to the very heart of their organizations.  As a specialized chaplain, you are welcomed into the leadership of business (think rotary invocations, ethics counseling), sports teams (think chapel services for high school, college and professional athletes), college campuses, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry (think wedding officiant, chapel services, invocations), homeless shelters and retirement homes, non profits, beach, surf or snow ski events (think invocation before contests), RV parks, motorcycle and car clubs, etc.  Every people group you can imagine outside a church can welcome a chaplain, like special forces infiltrating territory foreign to the Gospel. 

Possible action steps:

  1. Begin to see every people group around your church as a mission field.
  2. Consider the people in your church as “chaplains in training” to their prospective field, equip the saints to become pastors/chaplains, and deploy the secret weapon.
  3. Go to every school or college around your church and introduce yourself as a volunteer chaplain willing to serve as ethicist, counselor, chaplain for sports teams, invoker before events, leader of after school programs like Good News Club.
  4. Offer your services to every business, non-profit and/or retirement home in the area. I know of a chaplain at a car dealership where he has an office and makes himself available to counseling to employees and customers twice a week.
  5. Consider every crisis as opportunity to minister to a people group with chaplains.  AS SOON AS CRISIS OCCURS CALL THE FOURSQUARE CHAPLAINCY, as they can ONLY be deployed with a request from you. THEY CANNOT SELF DEPLOY.
  6. Become an endorsed Foursquare Chaplain.  Train and support your leaders to become pastors, then help Foursquare endorse them to become chaplains.  Deploy them.

For more information visit https://www.foursquare.org/chaplains or call Kiha Pimental at 808 561-5967.  

A Church in a Pub?

Our Foursquare church planting movement is “non-model specific” giving us great freedom to follow Jesusʻ mandate to make disciples.  There are traditional churches that follow the “attractional model.”  Many know this as “church in a box” or a gathering in a house of worship.  In this model it is common to have churches that gather in a home, in a school cafeteria, in a warehouse, or in a church building.  On the other hand, the “missional model” looks like the Oregon Public House where a planter looks to “exegete” the community to meet and reach them where they are.  This particular Oregon community values microbreweries and non-profits.  Check out this story of Pastor Ryan Saari and the Oregon Public House.  

Keep an eye out in Westminster California, where Noelani and Ed Jai will be launching a non-profit coffee house/boba tea company with a learning center to bless that community. Their church called Jesus House will hold worship services in space from the non-profit.

What does your community value?  How could Jesus plant the gospel there?  Call or write me if youʻre inspired!

Kiha Pimental (808) 561-5967.  Kpimental@foursquare.org.  

Multiply Foster Churches! 

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Recently, a young couple I know chose to be foster parents to an infant and a couple of toddlers.  They knew heartbreaking ordeal it would be after attaching and bonding to these beautiful children, they chose to release them back to moms and dads.  All children need parents, and if they don’t have their own, foster parents are heroes that fill this need.  I assert that this is the same with Church Planters who need Foster Parent Churches.    

We have seen Church Planters start and survive on their own, but it is so much more healthy when they covering of a Parent Church.  Like a child, a Planter can benefit from systems, structure, resources, love and relationships already in place by a biological or foster parent.  God gives us parents so we can learn from their mistakes!    

Our district needs more Foster Parent Churches to adopt current and future Church Planters.  Heroes like Mark Slomka and Larry White who are committed to leading Foster Parent Churches to planters without a cover.   Mark is Foster Parent to three couples who have planted.   Another hero is Scott Shiroma who has raised three pastors in his church hoping pass leadership to them.  Each of the three went on to pastor other active churches that needed a lead pastor.  Mark and Scott and their churches feel the heartbreak (and walletbreak), but they still choose to do it for the sake of the Kingdom. 

There are more of you heroes out there.  If you would like to be a Foster Parent Church or have pastors ready to care for other churches please email me at Kpimental@Foursquare.org or call 808 561-5967, or if you are really burdened, come visit me in Hawaii!   Kiha Pimental 

Multiply Pastors

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Multiply Pastors!  I lead with this title because many pastors see multiplication and immediately assume it means multiplication of churches.  And most churches are not in a position to plant a church, so pastors will stop reading this article after seeing multiplication.  Please read on!

Anybody can release potential leaders into ministry with a word, a conversation, a prophecy, or by boldly sharing a dream about their future.  Encourage the next generation by letting them shadow you so they can see the possibility for themselves.  Let’s all raise youth to become youth leaders and youth pastors.  Find, mentor and support students while in high school, college (bible or not) and seminary.  Redeem the gifting and success of marketplace leaders for the pastorate.   Only a Senior Pastor can initiate the pastoral process for this new leader.

Let us help you Multiply Pastors by emailing me at Kpimental@Foursquare.org or Tim Abe at Tabe@Foursquare.org

Has God planted a church in your heart?

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Let’s help you release that dream!  In the Pacific Southwest we recommend the Church Planting Roadmap that you can find on the PSW website under Multiplication.  One stop on the Roadmap is joining a Church Planter Cohort (CPC).  CPC for 2018 begins in the first week of February.  Yes that is right now!   The next Cohort begins August 2018.  For more information on the Church Planter Cohort see the Pacific Southwest Church Planting Cohort. 

 

For more info contact:
Pastor Kiha Pimental
Associate District Supervisor
Kpimental@foursquare.org
(808) 561-5967