The term "Foursquare Gospel" was given in the inspiration of revival to the denomination's founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, during an evangelistic campaign in Oakland, California, in 1922. It represents that which is equally balanced on all sides, solid, reliable and trustworthy. "Foursquare" is a Biblical term used of the tabernacle in the Book of Exodus, of the Temple of the Lord in Ezekiel 40:47, and of Heaven, as described in the Book of the Revelation. Our confidence in the power of the Gospel is proclaimed by the verse Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever."
Our Foursquare logo is designed to identify and display the person and work of Jesus Christ in the world today and forever.
The vision of Foursquare Europe is to present Jesus Christ, God's Son, to every person in every culture and nation as:
The Savior - "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisment for our peace was upon Him . . ." - Isaiah 53:5 (Isa. 55:7, Titus 2:14, Jn. 3:16, Rom. 10:9,10, Heb. 7:25)
The Baptizer with the Holy Spirit - "For John truly baptizedwith water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit . . . you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" - Acts 1:5,8 (Jn.14:16-17, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:17, Acts 10:44-46, 1 Cor. 3:16)
The Healer - "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. . ." - Matthew 8:17 (Mk. 16:17-18, Mt. 9:5-6, Acts 4:29-30)
The Soon-Coming King - "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout . . . the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (Titus 2:12-13, Mt. 24:36-44, Heb. 9:28, Lk. 19:13, Lk. 12:35-37)
Foursquare Europe is the generic name for our family of Foursquare Churches in Europe. Our official name is “The Fellowship of Foursquare Churches in Europe” (FEFC). We belong to the larger world-wide family of Foursquare churches. As an apostolic church planting movement we believe that the best way to fulfill the great commission is by evangelizing and planting culturally relevant, healthy, fruitful, reproducing churches throughout modern day Europe. The overarching spirit of the Foursquare Church around the world is that of a family, rich in relationships.
The Foursquare Church worldwide is now working in approximately 140 different nations, with over 35,000 churches and meeting places and 3.5 million believers. In Europe, Foursquare is presently working in 30 countries, with 187 churches in 20 countries and contacts and works in 10 more.
An elected Regional Council of indigenous National Leaders oversees the development of Foursquare in Europe, in cooperation with Foursquare Missions International. Our united goal is to fulfill the mission given to us by Jesus Christ to plant Foursquare Churches in all European Countries by the year 2010.
Foursquare Churches, seek to cooperate with all Christian Churches in the Body of Christ, in expressing the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ as Savior, Healer, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit and Soon Coming King – to all Europeans everywhere. Every man, woman and child has the right to hear of the saving love of Jesus Christ.
Aimee Semple McPherson
The early 20th century evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson, was a pioneer of women in Christian ministry. In a recent interview, Billy Graham named her the greatest evangelist of the 20th Century. Having experienced a profound conversion to Christ at age seventeen, Aimee became a missionary to China and later began preaching across the United States and the world. In 1918, she established her base in Los Angeles, California, where in 1923, the 5,500 seat Angelus Temple was dedicated and became a great center of revival, healing and benevolent ministries. She was the first woman to receive a FCC radio license and was a pioneer religious broadcaster. Her sermons were the first to incorporate contemporary communications of that day into her preaching of the Gospel. From Angelus Temple she performed an extensive social ministry, providing hot meals for more than 1.5 million people during the Great Depression. She summarized her message into four major points known as "The Foursquare Gospel," and founded a denomination called The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, dedicated to interdenominational and spirit-filled, world-wide evangelism.
From its beginning at Angelus Temple, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel has now grown to include more than 1,900 churches in the United States and Canada, and over 30,000 churches worldwide. With fruitfulness for Jesus and His Kingdom as it’s ethos, there are currently more than 3.5 million believers in approximately 130 countries around the globe. Aimee Semple McPherson died in 1944, while conducting a crusade in Oakland, California.
Our roots in Europe date back to the 1920’s when the Foursquare Gospel was first preached in Europe by North American missionaries in the nation of Greece. Missionaries returned to Greece in 1952, and in 1975 a work was begun in Spain. Only ten years ago, Foursquare was still only in a handful of countries in Europe. Today there are 20 European nations with Foursquare churches and contacts or works in a further 10 nations. In the summer of 2001, a Regional Council of indigenous national leaders was formed to oversee the development of Foursquare Churches and ministry in Europe, in cooperation with Foursquare Missions International.
The headquarters for both Foursquare Europe and FMI-Europe are located in Frankfurt, Germany.
In Europe, Foursquare is presently working in approximately 30 countries, with over 180 churches. Currently there are 187 churches with approximately 12'000 members in 20 countries and contacts and works in 10 more.
European Countries with Foursquare Churches:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo (Serbia/Montenegro), Luxembourg, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the Ukraine.
The estimated attendance in the Foursquare Church worldwide now stands at 5,695,844 persons. They worship in 51,814 churches and meeting places. The Foursquare Church now ministers in 147 countries of the world. There are over 48,000 Foursquare ministers and workers around the world.