Posted January 9th, 2012 at 06:57 AM by Lois
I thought since many have never seen or even heard of the UPCI Manual for their licensed ministers, that I would share some of the rules they have. Understand that the manual can change every year.
If a resolution is passed at the fall General Conference, it will be added to the manual the following year. Sometimes the changes are minor and sometimes they make a much bigger difference, such as excluding from fellowship those who believe certain teachings. For instance, what is shared below is the same as from at least 2005, with the exception of #3 where the second sentence was added in a year between then and 2009.
The latest copy I have is from 2009. (If anyone has one from 2010 and 2011, I would love to have them if you want to part with it.) Below are some of the ministerial rules as found in Article VII, section 7: Obligations and Rules.
1. Ministers should not accept the invitation of a member or members of any assembly to hold a meeting in any church where there is a pastor without first obtaining said pastor's consent. Where there is no pastor, the consent of the church officials in charge must be obtained.
2. Any minister affiliated with us, desiring to hold a meeting in a town or community where there is an affiliated church or pastor shall first consult and obtain the consent of the pastor before conducting a revival or crusade on his or her own or for another assembly that is not in fellowship. He or she may appeal the pastor's decision to the nearest District Presbyter.
3. No minister affiliated with us shall endeavor to start a new work without the written consent of the District Board. Furthermore, any minister wishing to establish a preaching point, begin a daughter work, or start a church in a district other than the one in which he or she resides or holds license, must comply with all policies governing such activities in said district.
4. No minister, or church congregation pastored by one of our ministers, shall relocate or move an existing church into a city or neighborhood where there is another United Pentecostal Church, without written permission from the District Board. All applications for permission to relocate or move an existing church congregation in a city or neighborhood where there is another United Pentecostal Church must be submitted in writing thirty (30) days prior to the Board meeting. The District Secretary shall notify the Sectional Presbyter of the application at least twenty (20) days prior to the Board meeting. The presbyter shall notify the neighboring pastors, if needed and necessary, at least ten (10) days before the Board meeting.
5. Ministers shall not accept the invitation of a member or members, or the pastor of any assembly, to preach in any church that is held in question without first getting the consent of the District Superintendent.