The purpose of the judicial procedure is to resolve grievances and complaints of ethical, moral, and doctrinal violations brought against ministers in the United Pentecostal Church International.
Since the Bible instructs us to resolve ministerial and church problems within the church (I Corinthians 6:1-8), the United Pentecostal Church International does not approve of any minister in this organization resorting to the civil courts to seek resolutions of conflicts that arise within the structure of the organization. This judicial procedure is designed to be the instrument by which the organization resolves grievances between ministers and complaints about the conduct of ministers.
Since it is the desire of the fellowship to protect the rights of the accused, it must always be presumed that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Moreover, the judicial procedure makes provision for an appeal to correct errors that affect a judgment.
The United Pentecostal Church International strongly condemns any attempt to prejudice the fellowship for or against the accused through any process outside this judicial procedure. Moreover, any attempt to obstruct the judicial process or to intimidate, malign the character of, or threaten recrimination of the accused minister, the person making the complaint, the district representative, the presiding officer, jurors, counselors, witnesses, or any others involved in the judicial process may result in substantial disciplinary action subject to judicial process.
This judicial procedure seeks a simple means of resolving ministerial problems in an orderly and Christian atmosphere without requiring any legal training. No person should attempt to use its provisions to evade guilt or to bend its authority to create confusion. It is to be administered by firm, competent hands, governed by truth and holiness, and clothed with respect, brotherly kindness, and love.
The above is part of the judicial procedure of the United Pentecostal Church International and is provided for informational purposes.