Posted January 11th, 2012 at 07:04 AM by Lois
Again, I am sharing from the 2009 UPCI Manual, Article VII, Section 2. It is the same as appears in the 2005 Manual, with the exception of #7, where the part about preterism was later added. This section covers the requirements for ministerial license or ordination and is shared in its entirety. The organization has three levels of licensing: local, general and ordination. Each has their own requirements, but those listed below are for any of the three.
1. Anyone desiring to be affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International must believe in the Oneness of God as taught in Mark 12:29, John 14:6-11, and I Timothy 3:16; must have the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as in Acts 2:4,10:46, and 19:1-6; must have been baptized by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as in Acts 2:38; must be living a holy and godly life according to the Scriptures as described in the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International; and must believe in, teach, and preach the same.
2. The acceptance, deferral, or rejection of any application shall be the prerogative of the District Board.
3. An application must be properly completed, all questions being carefully answered. The same must be endorsed by a majority of the District Board including the District Superintendent.
(a) All applicants who reside and/or labor in unorganized districts shall be examined by the District Superintendent and District Secretary who in turn shall refer their decision to the Executive Board for final decision.
4. All applicants shall be required to appear before their District Board for examination, having made application at least sixty (60) days prior to meeting the Board and must have met any training or seminar requirements set forth by their District Board. The applicants must have the recommendation of their local pastor, having proven themselves faithful to their home church. In the event that they have no local pastor, the matter shall be left to the discretion of the District Board.
5. All applicants shall be willing to submit to questioning and, if necessary, investigation by the District Board relative to their financial stewardship.
6. No minister shall be permitted to hold license or ordination with any other religious organization or association. Exceptions to this rule shall be made in the case of ministers residing where they cannot receive proper governmental recognition without belonging to an organization in that country. In such a case, special permission shall be obtained from the Executive or General Board, in writing, for said ministers to belong to an organization in that country for this purpose only.
7. License or Certificate of Ordination shall not be issued to anyone who teaches the doctrine of unconditional eternal security,...