News Bulletin from the General Superintendent
General Superintendent David K. Bernard
Window of Opportunity
In 2017, we have a window of opportunity for revival. While our culture continues to decline spiritually, the current political and economic environment in North America is favorable for freedom of religion and worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) is stronger than ever before, is experiencing great revival, and is planning strategically in all areas. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity.
30 Days of Prayer (World Network of Prayer)
To possess the revival that God is giving us, it is important to consecrate ourselves through prayer and fasting. I urge all our churches and ministers to participate in the annual 30 Days of Prayer developed by the World Network of Prayer. To download a printable copy of the 30 Days of Prayer guide (front), click here. To download a color copy of the Prayer Net guide (back), click here.
2017 UPCI Manual and Directory
Credentialed ministers of the United Pentecostal Church International may download the current edition of these publications at upciministers.com.
We welcome to headquarters Justin Reinking as director of promotions for the General Youth Division and Brocc Chavis as director-elect of Multicultural Ministries. Bros. Hanscom and Chavis will both serve MCM half time in the calendar year 2017.
Over the past few years we have restructured our operations, including various divisions and ministries, policies and procedures, a new information technology system, and a new headquarters building. Of 12 priorities the General Board identified in 2010, the last major task is to revise and update the Manual. Some portions of the Manual have already been revised, and others are currently under review.
We have completely moved from Hazelwood and are fully operational at Weldon Spring (offices) and Wentzville (long-term storage), both in the western St Louis metropolitan area. We are already achieving significant savings in our monthly costs for utilities, maintenance, and building insurance.
New Reading Schedule for Ministerial Applicants
The General Board has adopted a new reading schedule for those seeking ministerial credentials with the UPCI. For each level (local license, general license, and ordination), there are ten books published by the UPCI and two hours of video instruction to accompany each book. These resources are available here.
The Manual states, “All applicants must have completed at least one (1) year in a Bible college endorsed by the United Pentecostal Church International or have completed the required reading schedule established by the General Board. All applicants, including Bible college students, must read the Bible through at each level of ministry and must read the Manual of the United Pentecostal Church International.” For 2017 the District Board has discretion to work with applicants who began studying under the previous reading schedule.
Every division and ministry is reporting progress. Of special note:
- General Youth Division. North American Youth Congress is on track for a record, with 35,000 room nights requested compared to 10,000 at this time in the past.
- North American Missions. A total of 25 couples have registered in the new training program for church planters. The goal was to enroll at least 10.
- Global Missions. Due to the I AM Global offering, the average time of deputational travel for missionaries is now 9 months. This is much better than the 1.5 to 2 years that some experienced in the past.
Sincerely in Christ,
David K. Bernard