January 6, 2014
West Virginia District Ministers
United Pentecostal Church International
Greetings in the ONLY Saving Name in Heaven & Earth—J-E-S-U-S!
2014 Here it is ready or not. It is mazing to my mind that we are entering the 14th year of a New Millennium! Remember when Y2K was such a big thing as prognosticators were predicting everything from the end of the world to Armageddon. We have continued on. Other challenges have hyped us up including the Mayan Calendar that ended in 2012. Of course I could go on but you have been most aware of the year to year challenges.
As ministers and pastors there is a growing challenge in our nation to our Faith based foundation of religious freedoms. We would have never imagined 30 or 40 years ago of the pressures that are being brought to bear on the Church and Christian people of all faiths today.
Take courage my brother. We must stand shoulder to shoulder as never before to stem the rising tide of the dumbing down of our society and culture. The deterioration of values and standards of righteousness continues to be assailed relentlessly.
I still believe 2 Chronicles 7:14 works so lets work it in humbling ourselves, praying, seeking God’s face, and turning from our wicked ways. Let’s apply Psalms 139:23-24 to our life: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Here are a few notes I need you to take note of:
District Conference date:
The new 2014 calendar shows dashes that indicates that the conference dates are 12-13-14-15. The district board is meeting on the 12th & 13th. The district conference convenes May 14-16 (Wednesday thru Friday night)
Ministers Needing License
Here are the steps for new ministers desiring to meet the board for license:
- Meet the Reading requirements for a local, general or ordination license
- Note Article VII Sections 3-4-5 in the UPCI Manual on Page 47 and 48.
Section 3. Local License.
1. All applicants must be seventeen (17) years of age or over.
2. All applicants must have preached an average of one (1) sermon each week for a period of six (6) months or more before being examined by the District Board in relation to their call to the ministry. Exceptions to this requirement would be left to the discretion of the District Board. (It is understood that teaching a Sunday school class or leading services does not meet this requirement.)
3. All local licensed ministers are to labor in full cooperation with, and under the supervision of, their local United Pentecostal Church pastor until they enter into ministerial responsibilities severing them from their local assembly.
Section 4. General License.
1. All applicants must be nineteen (19) years of age or over.
- All applicants must be presently engaged in the ministry as pastor, full-time evangelist, full-time teacher, assistant pastor, assistant to the pastor, elected or appointed official, full-time Bible school administrator, or instructor, except those qualifying under Paragraph 3. Exceptions to this requirement would be left to the discretion of the District Board.
- Theological students (majoring in religion) who complete three (3) years of Bible training in any Bible college endorsed by the United Pentecostal Church International, and who otherwise qualify, may be granted either a Local or General License at the discretion of the District Board of the district in which they establish their legal residence. These students shall request their respective colleges to send the Bible College Report form to the District Superintendent. In no event shall the students be granted a license from the district in which the Bible college is located unless they are actively engaged in the ministry in that district prior to and at the time of licensing.
- All applicants who are not Bible college graduates must have held Local License for at least one (1) year. They must also have proven their ministry for a period of one (1) year or more. During said time, applicants must have preached an average of one (1) sermon each week. (It is understood that teaching a Sunday school class or leading services does not meet this requirement.) Exceptions may be made for applicants who are being accepted from another church organization. (See Section 5, Paragraph 4.)
Section 5. Certificate of Ordination.
1. All applicants must be twenty-one (21) years of age or over and must have held General License for at least two (2) years. Any exception to this would be left to the discretion of the District Board.
- All applicants must have proven their ministry for two (2) consecutive years and must presently be an active pastor, full-time evangelist, assistant pastor, appointed or elected official, full-time Bible college administrator or instructor.
- All applicants for Ordination to Military Chaplaincy must fulfill all doctrinal and other qualifications except the specified time of active ministerial service and the need to hold General License prior to applying.
- All applicants who have previously been ordained by another church organization shall appear before the District Board and be thoroughly examined to determine the merits of their ordination and their qualifications for the ministry. The District Board shall determine whether to accept their former ordination, recommend ordination by the United Pentecostal Church International, or grant Local or General License.
- Next you have one of two options to fulfill if you desire license with the UPCI. The WV District requires you to do one of two things:
- Go to www.pcminister.com and go thru the training course outlined for a local license. There is a fee for this. You can go to the FAQ tab and it will give you a lot of information.
- You can complete the training course in the Purpose Institute. The following information will assist in this effort. You can also contact our District PI Director Rev. Everett Davenport @ firstname.lastname@example.org or phone @ 304.376.8469
Morgantown/Clarksburg Campus – currently meeting at CAC – Pastor Joseph
Semester 6 Dates:
Moorefield Campus – NLT – Pastor Whetzel
Semester 3 Dates:
Huntington Campus – ALC – Pastor Harper
Semester 4 Dates:
Cost is $50 first-time Registration Fee per person (One-Time Fee)
$100 per course per semester = $400
Spouse/ children discount $10 per course per semester = $40
- You will next fill out an application obtained from your local presbyter. Once this is filled out with pastors approval and signature you will then
- Be interviewed in person with your wife by your local presbyter.
- Once this is accomplished you will need to schedule a time to meet at the board’s next scheduled meeting.
- You will come with your wife and meet the board in person for an examination by the entire board. Be prepared to take an exam testing your Bible knowledge. There are sample study questions you can obtain from the local presbyter.
- After being approved by the district board you will need 2 color prints of you and your wife (and or family) plus a check made out to UPCI in the total amount of $118.50 which represents the 1st quarters UPCI dues of $93.50 and a one time $25 office fee.
Much information is available online at the UPCI website:
1) Go to www.upci.org
2) Click on RESOURCES
3) In the drop down window click on UPCI ministers > There is a lot of info just on this page.
4) If you have never set up login information then click the login button.
5) On this page if you have never registered then click the register now button and follow directions.
6) Once you have done this you will be able to access a lot of information including:
Place to sign your Affirmation online
Place to submit a General Conference Resolution
Ministers Wives/Lady Ministers Survey
Downloadable Reading Requirements (English & Spanish)
501 © 3 Information (for Pastors)
Annual Letter from General Superintendent
2013 Annual Report
2014 UPCI Directory
2014 UPCI Manual (English)
2014 UPCI Manual (Spanish)
OTHER 2013 Reports
General Superintendent’s News Bulletin
Resources for Family Focus Week
2014 WV District Theme
ANOINTED TO WORSHIP. ANOINTED TO BLESS. ANOINTED TO SERVE
Let me leave you with two quotes I recently came across:
1) The first is ‘A Calling Defined’ from Pastor Paul Gilmore
“An immeasurable summons to a perpetual obligation for which you are never released until death.”
2) Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
ONE FINAL NOTE:
I am confident that you are leading your church in a time of focused prayer and a time of fasting as you begin the year. Let’s keep the momentum going. At Riverside we are planning a 5 day Daniel Fast once a quarter this year which will total 20 days for the year. We will add one day in one of the quarters to equal a 21 day Daniel Fast.
We also have what we call a Prayer Blaze at least once a quarter where we focus solely on Prayer. We have done it many different ways. Whatever works in your church lets do it and allow the Spirit of God to fully operate in our midst! I personally feel some tremendous things for 2014.
2 Prayer Requests:
1) Continue to lift up Bishop Hurley in your prayer as he is still in need of some concentrated prayer.
2) Pastor & Sister Lilley left January 7th for two weeks of crusades and Ladies meetings in India in the Andhra Pradesh State. Let’s pray with them and for them. They are believing for 1,000 souls in their meetings.
With warm and kind regards,
Rev. David M. Hudson