The Foursquare Church was birthed under vibrant and youthful leadership. Our founder Aimee Semple McPherson conducted an incredibly diverse and fruitful ministry. At the age of 19 she was a missionary to China and at 23 was driving a car across the nation as an evangelist while conducting massive revival campaigns. By 28 she had established a base of ministry in Los Angeles and at 33 she opened the doors of Angelus Temple, the first Foursquare Church. Youth ministry and the development of future leaders for the kingdom of God were always at the forefront of her ministry.
Today, almost 90 years later, statistics show that less than 6% of lead pastors at the local church level are under the age of 35. However, as we have observed in more recent months, there is no lack of availability and passion in prospective church leaders. More young people are taking a stand and making a commitment to serve in full time ministry roles than ever before. In 2008, the year Life Pacific University Virginia launched, 741 of the 3000 participating high school students at the NextGen Conference in Anaheim, California, stood to make a claim to God’s calling upon their life for full-time future ministry.
Life Pacific University Virginia's Contribution
Life Pacific University Virginia is an academic, discipleship, community service, ministry leadership training, and global mission program designed to prepare young adults for a life of serving Christ, knowing His Word, and walking in His Spirit. Life Pacific University Virginia offers an Associate of Arts degree in General Education and through hybrid and on-campus classes, in partnership with the parent institution in California (Life Pacific College), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry and Leadership with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management being added in the Fall of 2018 (pending WASC and ABHE approval).
In addition to the academic calendar, students serve 7 to 10 hours each week in the local community, local churches and with various outreach ministries. Historically LPC–Ignite students will serve collectively over 12,000 hours each semester. Following the spring semester, students will travel to one of multiple global mission stations for 18+ days of outreach and mission service. Such experiences provide students with ministry formation experience and practical, hands-on leadership development throughout the semester. We believe the strongest community is built by living, working, and growing together as a team.