Have you ever been asked where you go to church? After answering the first question, have you ever been blindsided by the next question, “Oh, what denomination is The Sanctuary?”
If you didn’t happen to have an answer, you’re certainly not the first. We’ve heard numerous stories from our community with answers hanging from “I don’t know,” to “Ummmm… Christian?” For those of you who might be curious The Sanctuary happens to be a part of the Foursquare denomination.
The Foursquare Church, or the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) was founded in the twenties by Aimee Semple McPherson. The unofficial date of founding mainly attributed to the opening of the first Foursquare Church: Angelus Temple on New Years Day of 1923.
The term “Foursquare” is a Biblical term used of the tabernacle in the Book of Exodus, of the Temple of the Lord in Ezekiel 40. Additionally “Foursquare” reflects the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ: Jesus as our Savior, Jesus as our Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Jesus as our Healer, and Jesus as our Soon-Coming King.
Sister Aimee not only pastored the first Foursquare Church, she was the first president of the legally recognized Foursquare denomination for over twenty years. Foursquare was founded not just with reaching people in the Los Angeles area but with global evangelism as a primary vision.
With the construction of Angelus Temple in 1923, Foursquare also founded The Commissary, a program focused on feeding people in local communities around Echo Park, and the Echo Park Evangelistic and Missionary Training Institute all within the same year an institute focused on training up and sending out missionaries worldwide. Echo Park Evangelistic and Missionary Training Institute would later become known as LIFE Bible College and today as Life Pacific College.
Today Foursquare Churches number over 68,000 worldwide and operate in 136 countries. We are proud to partner is this globally-minded Church and celebrate their interdenominational approach to ministry and see the world won for Jesus.
If you're interested in learning more about our denomination's history, leadership, or what we believe as part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, check out the denomination website for more info.