The United Pentecostal Church
Judicial Procedure
General Officers

ARTICLE XI

GENERAL OFFICERS

Section 1. Resolution of a Grievance.

When a general officer is one of the ministers involved in a grievance, the procedures of Article IV shall apply, with the following exceptions:

1. In implementing Section 2, the ministers on the arbitration panel shall not be members of the Executive Board.

2. In implementing Sections 3 and 4, an appeal of the decision of the arbitration panel shall be to the Executive Board, who shall take the place of the District Board and whose decision shall be final.

Section 2. Investigation of a Complaint.

1. A complaint against any general officer except the General Superintendent shall be filed with the General Superintendent.

2. The General Superintendent is encouraged to communicate and counsel privately with a general officer about whom any question has surfaced in an attempt to resolve the problem.

3. Upon the receipt of a complaint that does not have the required information (see Article I, Section 2, Paragraph 2), the General Superintendent shall inform the signatories of the need of further appropriate information to meet the requirements.

4. The General Superintendent shall notify the general officer that a complaint has been received, stating the nature of the complaint.

5. Within thirty (30) days of receiving the complaint, the General Superintendent shall appoint five (5) members of the General Board, excluding himself, to serve as an investigative committee. The General Superintendent shall appoint one of the committee members to serve as chair. The committee shall follow Article V, Section 5 and Article V, Section 6, Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5. (See also Article I, Section 1, Paragraph 9.)

6. A complaint against the General Superintendent shall be filed with the General Secretary, who shall designate one of the assistant general superintendents to serve as the investigative officer. He shall follow the guidelines given for the General Superintendent in this section, Paragraphs 1-5. He shall select five (5) members of the Executive Board to serve as an investigative committee, which shall follow Article V, Section 5 and Article V, Section 6, Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5. (See also Article I, Section 1, Paragraph 9.)

7. At the conclusion of the investigation, the committee shall take one of the following actions:

(a) Dismiss the complaint and notify the accused minister and the persons who initiated the complaint.
(b) Refer its findings to the Executive Board for a hearing.

Section 3. Hearing.

1. A hearing for general officers shall follow the procedure in Article VI, with the changes as noted in this section.

2. The General Superintendent and the General Secretary shall take the place of the District Superintendent and District Secretary respectively, and the Executive Board shall take the place of the District Board.

3. In a hearing of a complaint against the General Superintendent, an assistant general superintendent shall take the place of the District Superintendent. Consequently, he shall take the place of the General Superintendent in this arti­cle when necessary.

4. In implementing Article VI, Section 4, Paragraph 2, the charge or charges shall be given to the General Superintendent.

5. In implementing Article VI, Section 4, Paragraph 5, the minister who confesses in writing may appeal the sentence to the General Board.

Section 4. Trial of a General Officer.

If the Executive Board refers the case to a trial, the procedure shall be the same as in Articles VII and IX, with the following changes.

1. The Executive Board shall take the place of the District Board, the General Superintendent shall take the place of the regional presiding officer, and the General Secretary shall be the recording secretary.

2. The Executive Board shall select one member to present the evidence at the trial. This executive representative takes the place of the district representative.

3. The jury shall consist of nine (9) members with two (2) alternates selected from the General Board by a drawing conducted by the General Secretary. Someone who has formed an opinion on the case or who has a conflict of inter­est according to Article I, Section 1, Paragraph 9 shall not serve on the jury. Members of the Executive Board and the superintendent of the district of which the officer is a member shall not serve on the jury. (This paragraph takes the place of Article VIII.)

4. Only the General Superintendent, General Secretary, the jury and alternates, the accused officer and his or her counselors, and the executive representative and his counselors may attend the trial. A witness may attend the trial only while giving his or her testimony.

5. Counselors may be members of the Executive Board or General Board.

6. In the event the executive representative becomes unruly, and after being warned by the General Superintendent persists in being unruly, the General Superintendent may dismiss him or her from the trial and recommend that the Executive Board take disciplinary action against him or her. One of the coun­selors for the Executive Board shall then present the evidence against the accused general officer.

7. A general officer who is found guilty may appeal the verdict or sentence in accordance with Article X, Sections 4 and 5, except that the appeal shall be made to the General Board.

Section 5. Notification.

1. Within thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the trial and appeal process, the General Secretary shall send a letter to the accused minister stating the verdict.

2. If the accused minister is found innocent of all charges, the General Secretary shall mail a copy of the letter to every minister in the district of the accused minister.

The above is part of the judicial procedure of the United Pentecostal Church International and is provided for informational purposes.


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