Liberty Fellowship Church, formerly a nondenominational religious institution, soon will make the transition to affiliation with Foursquare Church, a Pentecostal denomination launched in 1923.
With 6,000 churches worldwide and approximately 20 in Kansas, Foursquare Church was founded by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
"I discovered those churches and found them to be almost identical to us," said Pastor Steve Dinkel. "Our worship styles, our doctrinal statements, everything."
After considering the change for about a year, the benefits of associating with the denomination became clear to church leaders. The ability to network, encourage one another and achieve more as part of the denomination stood out as benefits of the change.
"In a Foursquare, there's a lot of mission opportunities, youth opportunities, opportunities for me for continuing education, all those sorts of things that will be good for our church," Dinkel said.
Foursquare gospel came about during a revival in Oakland, Calif., in 1922 where McPherson explained Ezekiel's vision of God as a being with four different faces: a man, a lion, an ox and and eagle.
To McPherson, these four faces were like the four phases of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the face of the man, she saw Jesus the Savior. In the face of the lion, she saw Jesus the mighty baptizer. In the face of the ox, she saw Jesus the great burden-bearer. In the face of the eagle, she saw Jesus the coming king.