Our Lineage

Aimee Semple McPherson: Founder of the Foursquare Church

Aimee Semple McPherson: Founder of the Foursquare Church

Foursquare History

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 LPC–Ignite 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.

LPC–Ignite's Contribution

LPC–Ignite is a discipleship, education, and ministry training program designed to prepare young adults for a life of serving Christ, knowing His Word, and walking in His Spirit. LPC–Ignite offers accredited transferable college courses as an extension campus of LIFE Pacific College, where students can potentially earn up to 64 total units toward the completion of an AA Degree in General Studies with a solid Biblical foundation. Additionally, students participate in global mission trip experiences, local church service, and community outreach involvement. All of this is accomplished while learning to live, work, and grow in a community of future leaders.

In addition to the academic calendar, students will serve 7 to 15 hours a 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. During the fall semester, students will travel for approximately 7-10 days on urban mission teams to New York, DC, Miami, Philadelphia and other locations on the East Coast. 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.

LPC–Ignite admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnicity to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnicity in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and other school administered programs