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The International Pentecostal Holiness Church

The Living Hope E-Zine: The Official Christian Magazine of Cartwright Christian Ministries

For purposes of accuracy and correctness, the following information comes from IPHC Manuels and the official IPHC Web site Http;//www.iphc.org

Articles of Faith

Article One

We believe there is but one living and true God everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead there are three Persons of one substance of eternal being, and equal in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and dignity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Article Two

We believe that the Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and the manhood were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and perfect man, who actually suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile the Father to us, and to make atonement, not only for our actual guilt, but also for original sin.

Article Three

We believe that Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again His body, with all things appertaining to the perfections of man's nature, and ascended into heaven and there sits until He shall return to judge all men at the last day.

Article Four

We believe the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

Article Five

We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, composed of sixty-six books and divided into two departments, Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, the full and complete revelation of the plan and history of redemption.

Article Six

We believe that eternal life with God in heaven is a portion of the reward of the finally righteous; and that everlasting banishment from the presence of the Lord and unending torture in hell are the wages of the persistently wicked (Matthew 25:46; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 21:7-8).

Article Seven

We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the remission of sins that are past, for the regeneration of penitent sinners, and for salvation from sin and from sinning (Romans 3:25; 1 John 3:5-10; Ephesians 2:1-10).

Article Eight

We believe, teach, and firmly maintain the scriptural doctrine of justification by faith alone (Romans 5:1).

Article Nine

We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, subsequent to regeneration (1 John 1:7-9).

Article Ten

We believe in sanctification. While sanctification is initiated in regeneration and consummated in glorification, we believe that it includes a definite, instantaneous work of grace achieved by faith subsequent to regeneration (Acts 26:18; 1 John 1:9). Sanctification delivers from the power and dominion of sin. It is followed by life-long growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:18).

Article Eleven

We believe that the pentecostal baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer, and the initial evidence of the reception of this experience is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:5; 2:14, 8-17; 10:44-46; 19:6).

Article Twelve

We believe in divine healing as in the atonement (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16; Exodus 15:26).

Article Thirteen

We believe in the imminent, personal, premillennial second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:1-4; Matthew 24:29-44), and love and wait for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8).

Article Fourteen

We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to dedicate his life to carrying out the work of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Acts 1:8).

 

Vision and Mission

The Mission of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Resource Development Center is:

To multiply and mature believers and churches in worship, fellowship, and evangelism as we walk in obedience to the Great Commission in cooperation with the whole body of Christ.

Vision Statement of the Resource Development Center is:

To communicate prophetic vision to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church;

To empower and assist conference and local church leadership;

To make resources available for equipping church leaders;

To network resources and identify opportunities for effective obedience to the Great Commission.

Objectives Statement

God is calling the Pentecostal Holiness Church

...to become a kingdom of worshipping priests who will worship Him with all our beings--spirit, soul, and body. We are to live our lives of worship, giving praise continually unto the Lord. Our churches are to be noted for their praise and celebration. We are to learn a worship lifestyle that will model for the whole world what it means to love God with all our might, mind, and means.

God is calling the Pentecostal Holiness Church

...to become a learning community of believers who give themselves to maturing and maximizing the gifts and calling of each member of the community. We commit ourselves to equipping the saints for their work of ministry and to teaching them a lifestyle of learning that we may all grow in the knowledge of God and in effectiveness in ministry.

God is calling the Pentecostal Holiness Church

...to become an army of witnesses who will live to share the good news. Our whole lifestyle is to be built around the compassion to witness. We are to witness as we travel, as we study, as we eat, as we work, and as we play. We are to choose our vocations, our homes, our church sites, our dress, our language, our friends, and our neighbors in order to better witness to our generation.

God is calling the Pentecostal Holiness Church

...to become a unique instrument of world evangelization which will penetrate many unreached peoples of this earth with the gospel. We are to gear up like an invading army to go into the strongholds of the enemy with our lifestyle of worship, learning, and witness in order to spread the kingdom of God and the reign of King Jesus.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; which was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell [that is, the place of the departed righteous]; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic [universal] church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.

Covenant

We, having been called out of the world by the blessed Spirit of God, and having become acquainted with the Articles of Faith and polity of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, and believing it to be of God, and having given our names and thereby become members of the same, do solemnly, but cheerfully, and with joy and gladness enter into this covenant; We will watch over one another with brotherly love and kindness, not that we may have whereof to accuse our brother, but that we may with meekness correct each other's faults.

We will abstain from frivolous conversations, such as foolish talking and jesting, and from backbiting and tattling, or taking up a reproach against anyone, especially our brother. We will heed the injunction of the apostle (Ephesians 4:1-3), who exhorts us to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. We will also heed the exhortation recorded in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15:

"We beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you brethren, warn them that are unruly [disorderly], comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men."

And we will "recompense to no man evil for evil," but will "provide things honest in the sight of all men," and, "if it be possible, as much as lieth in [us], [we will] live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:17-18). And we will be "kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven [us]" (Ephesians 4:32). As opportunity affords we will be engaged in works of mercy; such as visiting the sick and imprisoned and the distressed, and all who may need and will accept our ministrations. We will have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), but keep ourselves by the grace of God (1 Peter 1:5) unspotted from the world (James 1:27). All this will we do, God being our Helper.

Response

We accept the obligations of this covenant in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Doctrinal Statement


Repentance

Repentance (Gr. metanoia-from meta-with, and noos- mind-something done with the whole mind).

Mind, as thus viewed, embraces the spirit, with particular reference to the conscience and will, and denotes a decision made which changes the desires, views, attitude, purpose, and conduct of one's life. Truth inwardly applied produces conviction for sin; conscience awakened by conviction demands a change; and the will mightily influenced by the conscience in view of the judgment is moved to change the whole life. Metanoia signifies a whole life repentance-a lifetime forsaking of sin, and not a mere momentary act day by day.

Repentance is not "godly sorrow for sin," but "godly sorrow," which is produced by a display of the goodness of God that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10). Repentance puts the heart in a position to believe.

Faith

Faith is the result of divine persuasion effected by the promises of God. It includes confidence and trust. The promises, "exceeding great and precious," express the faithfulness of God in the heart thus persuaded: confidence is begotten, trust is inspired.

"The promises are yea [established] and amen [fulfilled] in him"-the Christ. He, by them, is the "originator of faith" in the heart (Hebrews 12:2).

Confidence in and reliance [trust] upon Christ, the act of faith following repentance, brings to the heart the realization of the forgiveness of sins. Faith grows by the same process that gives it birth-the promises of God, centered in Christ, and fulfilled by Him. He is the finisher [perfecter] of faith.

Justification

Justification is the act of God, as the infinite Judge, pronouncing the penitent believing soul free from the condemnation of His righteous law. It is preceded by forgiveness and followed by regeneration. Forgiveness removes the guilt of sin; justification lifts the condemnation caused by those sins from the soul. The just God makes the soul just and upholds His just laws. His law is righteous, and the trusting soul being made just is also made righteous by the same act. Both are one. Justification and righteousness come from the same word in the original. The "righteousness of the law is fulfilled in them who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). Justification opens the way for the heart's regeneration. The penitent believer is rightly related to law and justified by it through faith. The law endorses him because he is in Christ. Forgiveness, justification, and regeneration are not identical, but they all take place at the same time. The three are simultaneously received by the same act of faith.


Covenant of Commitment


The Pentecostal Holiness Church is committed to Jesus Christ and His kingdom. This commitment involves a biblical lifestyle. We believe that the Bible is God's infallible Word and the believer's guide and final authority for both faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We are totally committed to the Bible as God's written Word to man. We believe that a top priority of Christians in this world is to multiply believers and multiply churches as a means of extending the kingdom of God. We must, therefore, follow a lifestyle that gives impetus to this purpose. As members of the army of God we are involved in spiritual warfare, and thus under military discipline (2 Timothy 2:3-4). Other considerations must take second place to our primary purpose in life. We are mobilized on a wartime basis. Every facet of our lives must come under divine authority (1 Corinthians 10:31).

OUR BODIES

Since our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and instruments of righteousness (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 6:13), we must keep our bodies clean and consecrated for the Master's use. From the beginning of our existence as a denomination we have expected our members to abstain from the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and addictive drugs. We have also maintained a strong position against premarital, extramarital, and deviant sex, including homosexual and lesbian relationships, refusing to accept the loose moral standards of our society. We commit ourselves to maintaining this disciplined lifestyle with regard to our bodies (Romans 12:1-2).

OUR MINDS

The mind is also the dwelling place of God. We believe that our minds should be kept pure and positive in the midst of an impure and negative world (Philippians 4:7-8). It is for this reason that our members are to govern their "mental" diet. The profanity and pornography that pervade our modern media- both print and video-make it imperative that Christians discipline their minds by refusing to feed upon that which is profane, vulgar, or hedonistic. Thus Pentecostal Holiness members are to avoid material that panders to the profane and pornographic, while consciously replacing it with wholesome material that nurtures and strengthens the spiritual man. We hold a deep commitment to the study of the Bible.

OUR SPIRITS

Our commitment includes our spirits. The spirit of this world is hostile to the spirit of the Christian (Galatians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14). The spirit rulers of this present darkness are ever at work to establish strongholds in the minds of unsuspecting believers, to impose upon them the mind-set of the world. We must guard against the hatred and hostility that breed so easily in the human spirit. The greed and selfishness that motivate much of our modern culture is contrary to our Christian faith and testimony. We therefore urge all our members to exhibit the "mind of Christ" in all their attitudes (Philippians 2:5-11).

OUR SPEECH

Our speech reveals much about us (Matthew 12:34-37). The Christian should be known by his wholesome conversation. Our members are to refrain from speaking anything that is unclean, untrue, unkind, or unprofitable. We must make sure that our talk affirms, rather than hinders, our testimony.

OUR RELATIONSHIPS

Our relationships reveal our preferences and positions. Thus our people are not to align themselves with organizations or movements that stand in contradiction to Christian principles (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). The believer's commitment to Jesus Christ stands above his commitment to any political party or economic structure or social institution. Any time there is a conflict between the Christian's commitment to Christ and his commitment to any other relationship, he must recognize that all other commitments are governed by this highest commitment (Luke 14:26-27). All our members are to be honest and ethical in all their relationships (Romans 12:17).

OUR FAMILIES

The family is the basic unit of society. The divine origin of the family makes it of vital concern both to the church and to society. Our commitment to a biblical lifestyle profoundly impacts the family. We give priority to the sanctity of marriage and to the biblical pattern of relationships in the home. While the husband is recognized as the head of the home, he is also commanded to love and cherish his wife as his own body (Ephesians 5:25, 28). Wives are to respect and honor their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-23). Parents are to teach and correct their children, but at the same time refrain from provoking them to anger and resentment (Ephesians 6:1-4). Children are to respect and obey their parents. Christian families should worship together, play together, and work together. The relationships in the Christian family should reflect the healing that Christ brings to all human relationships.

OUR STEWARDSHIP

Our commitment to Jesus Christ includes stewardship. According to the Bible everything belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). We are stewards of His resources. Our stewardship of possessions begins with the tithe (Malachi 3:8-10). All our members are expected to return a tenth of all their income to the Lord. This tithe is to be paid into the "storehouse." This storehouse is the treasury of the local church or conference to which this member belongs. In addition to the tithe, all our members are expected to give offerings out of the ninety percent of God's wealth which He allows them to use (1 Corinthians 16:2). Stewardship also includes our time, talent, and spiritual gifts, as well as our money (Ephesians 5:16; Romans 12:3-8; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27).

OUR LOYALTY

Loyalty to Christ and His church are basic to the success of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. The faithful participation of every member, both lay and clergy, and every local church and quadrennial conference in the various ministries of the church is necessary if the Pentecostal Holiness Church is to fulfill its mission. Loyalty involves commitment to all the ministries of the denomination. Since leaders should be role models, all those in leadership in the local church, the quadrennial conference, and the general church should set an example by their faithfulness in supporting the ministries of the church. Loyalty involves attendance at the gatherings of the church. This is vital at local church, quadrennial conference, and denominational gatherings (Hebrews 10:25). Loyalty involves financial support. Faithfulness in tithes and offerings is essential to the prosperity of God's people (Malachi 3:8-12). This applies to local church members, quadrennial conferences, and all other individuals and entities of the church. Loyalty involves affirmation. The morale of the church requires the positive affirmation of the leadership and ministries of the denomination. While negative criticism tears the church apart (Galatians 5:12-26), positive affirmation builds it up (Ephesians 4:16).

CONCLUSION

This Covenant of Commitment is intended as a guideline for all our members, not a system for monitoring and judging one another. Neither is this Covenant of Commitment to be considered an exhaustive statement concerning a biblical lifestyle. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is our complete and final authority. A careful, conscientious, and continual study of God's Word will reveal to the believer a growing understanding of what it means to live worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. Any member having difficulty in following a biblical lifestyle or this Covenant of Commitment should be given loving nurture and patient instruction in order to lead him to maturity and restoration, if needed (Galatians 6:1). There are times when, in spite of every effort to nurture and restore a member, no alternative but excommunication can be found. When a member refuses to heed the loving admonitions of the church to follow a Christian lifestyle, he or she must be excommunicated from the fellowship of the church. However, excommunication is a last resort, and is administered only in flagrant cases of heresy, divisiveness, or immorality (Matthew 18:15-17; Titus 3:10; Romans 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5). The primary purpose for this commitment to a disciplined lifestyle is to strengthen the position of our members as Great Commission Christians, and thus to firmly establish our denomination as a Great Commission movement. We feel that the Pentecostal Holiness Church has a vital part to play in world evangelism. Our aim is to make the multiplying of believers and the multiplying of churches a top priority of the denomination.

ORDINANCES

A. WATER BAPTISM

1. All who unite with any local church on profession of faith in Christ shall further confess Christ by receiv-ing water baptism as early as possible.
2. Baptism shall be administered according to the divine command of our blessed Lord, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).”

B. HOLY COMMUNION
Holy communion commemorates our redemption by Christ’s death. It points to Calvary, and to the return of Jesus, whose blood cleanses us from all sin and prepares us for His
blessed return (Matthew 26:17-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).

1. The bread and the wine should be administered to all Christians (only unfermented wine should be used).
2. The Lord’s table should be open to all who love Him, and all of the Lord’s children should be invited to His table to commemorate together the death of their common Lord.
3. This shall be administered at least once each quarter.

NOTE: FOOT WASHING: Although foot washing is not an ordinance, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church allows its members liberty of conscience in the observance of foot washing.

Section IV
GOVERNMENT

C. LICENSED AND/OR ORDAINED MINISTERS

1. It shall be the duty of licensed and/or ordained ministers to participate in all phases of the church program – general, quadrennial, and local. All licensed and ordained ministers are amenable to the quadrennial conference and conference board.

2. Ministers not serving as officials or pastors should use their spiritual gifts and ministries to help build the church.

3. Ministers are required to attend the annual session of the quadrennial conference. Those who are unable to attend shall submit an acceptable written explanation of their absence to the conference superintendent. Those failing to do so for two (2) consecutive conferences shall forfeit their conference membership.

4. Ministers are to attend conference-sponsored activities.

5. Ministers are expected to preach God’s Word consistently with their calling and credentials.

6. Since tithing is the biblical basis for the financial structure of the church (Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-11; Matthew 23:23), ministers are to serve as leaders and role models for the church in tithing. This includes retired ministers. To do so, they must pay full tithe (10 percent of all income) into the storehouse. Since tithing is a symbol of our submission to God, it is important to tithe on all sources of income without seeking any exceptions. The “storehouse” for the minister is the conference treasury (just as the “storehouse” for the church member is the local church treasury). In light of this position, all ministers are required to give a full tithe monthly into the conference treasury, the missionary fellowship treasury, or general treasury, according to their membership status, and to report monthly on forms provided.

a. Those not on salary are to tithe on a projected income monthly, to be adjusted on annual inventory.
b. Ministers are allowed to deduct travel expenses incurred in the ministry, not otherwise subsidized, and tithe the balance of their income.
c. The minister who does not comply with the tithing rule shall be dealt with in the following manner:

(1) If a minister has not reported and given the tithe for three months, he shall be required to meet with the conference board.
(2) In the event he does not meet with the conference board, or does not make satisfactory amends, he shall forfeit his credentials.
(3) Any minister forfeiting his membership for failure to tithe shall not be considered for license in any other quadrennial conference until he has been reconciled to the quadrennial conference in which he forfeited his membership.

7. A quadrennial conference may rebate to local churches a part of the tithe paid by full-time licensed and ordained ministers serving them as associate pastors.

8. Appropriate ministerial ethics and courtesy shall be observed when a minister is invited to perform ministry in the church of another pastor.

9. Ministers other than the pastor are not to become involved in the official business of the local church. When ministers participate in the ministries of the local church, it shall be in full cooperation with the pastor, and they shall be amenable to the pastor.

10. Ordained and licensed ministers may conduct marriage ceremonies in accordance with the teaching of the Scriptures and state laws.

11. When possible, retired ministers are to continue their ministries through evangelization, church planting, interim pastoring, Sunday school teaching, visitation, etc. To enhance their ministries, conference boards, evangelism directors, and pastors shall call on the expertise and knowledge of retired ministers.

12. All licensed and ordained ministers must participate annually in a continuing education program provided or approved by the General Conference or quadrennial conference (2 Timothy 2:15). Any minister failing to meet this requirement will forfeit his credentials. This excludes retired ministers.

Section VIII
GRANTING LICENSE AND ORDAINING MINISTERS

A. MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church issues the following ministerial credentials:

• Local Church Minister’s License
• Minister’s License, Minister of Church Education License,
Minister of Music License
• Certificate of Ordination
• Certificate of Ordination for Missionaries

All credentialed ministers shall subscribe to the Articles of Faith as stated in the Manual of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

1. Local Church Minister’s License
The conference board shall have the authority to grant or revoke local church minister’s license. The status and duties of a local church minister shall be as follows:

a. To qualify for local church minister’s license, a candidate shall be a member of a local church and recommended by that local church. This recommendation must be in writing and signed by the pastor and church secretary.

b. The applicant must be certain of a definite call to Christian work and must complete the prescribed study program.

c. Those with a local church minister’s license are amenable to the local church where they hold their membership and shall tithe their income to the local church treasury.

d. They shall report to the conference office semiannually. Failure to do so for two (2) reporting periods will result in the forfeiture of their license. Pastors under whom local church ministers serve shall notify the conference office when such ministers no longer meet the qualifications of their license.

e. Any person with a local church minister’s license who is pastoring a church shall be amenable to that respective conference, tithe monthly into the conference treasury, report to the conference monthly, and shall be granted a vote in the conference.

f. The training requirements for the local church minister’s license, as specified in the Ministerial Credentials Program established by the General Board of Administration, may be satisfied through:

(1) The IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program course of study. This course of study may be completed through:

(a) A conference-administered IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program, or
(b) A conference-administered Equipping The Saints (ETS) Basic Level program which incorporates the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program, or
(c) A local church ETS Basic Level program which incorporates the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program and is recognized by the conference.

(2) A prescribed course of study in a Pentecostal Holiness college or its equivalent in another church-related college, or
(3) For transferees credentialed by another fellowship, other training programs which are equivalent to any of the above options in addition to the course of study and tests on the IPHC Manual, Light for the Journey, and The Old-Time Power. (These materials are available from LifeSprings Resources.)

g. The General Executive Board shall provide a standard list of questions. This list of questions shall be sent to every conference, and all conference credentials committees shall be requested to ask these questions in an oral interview with every candidate for local church minister’s license.

2. Minister’s License (three forms: minister’s license, minister of church education license, minister of music license)

a. For those pursuing pastoral/evangelistic ministry, the minister’s license is the entry-level credential for the purpose of training and maturing as a minister. For
those with a ministry focus of church education (church education, youth, children, singles, senior adults, etc.) or music, the minister of church education license and the minister of music license are the credentials that recognize their ministry specialty.

b. Quadrennial, midterm, and inspirational conferences shall have the authority to grant the minister’s license.

c. To qualify for minister’s license, a candidate shall be a member of a local church and recommended by that local church. This recommendation must be in writing and signed by the pastor and church secretary.

d. The training requirements for the minister’s license, as specified in the Ministerial Credentials Program established by the General Board of Administration, may be satisfied through:

(1) The IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program course of study. This course of study may be completed through:

(a) A conference-administered IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program, or
(b) A conference-administered Equipping The Saints (ETS) Basic and Leadership Level program which incorporates the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program including a specialty module, or
(c) With the addition of a specialty module administered by the conference, a local church ETS Basic and Leadership Level program which incorporates the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program and is recognized by the conference

(2) A prescribed course of study in a Pentecostal Holiness college or its equivalent in another church-related college, or
(3) For transferees credentialed by another fellowship, other training programs which are equivalent to any of the above options in addition to the course of study and tests on the IPHC Manual, Light for the Journey, and The Old-Time Power. (These materials are available from LifeSprings Resources.)

e. The General Executive Board shall provide a standard list of questions. This list of questions shall be sent to every conference, and all conference credentials
committees shall be requested to ask these questions in an oral interview with every candidatefor minister’s license.

f. Licensed ministers pursuing pastoral/evangelistic ministry are encouraged to seek ordination. Other licensed ministers (ministers of church education and ministers of music) may or may not choose to be ordained.

g. Licensed ministers shall be eligible to participate in all conference benefits in the quadrennial conference in which they have been issued a minister’s license.

3. Certificate of Ordination

a. Quadrennial, midterm, and inspirational conferences
shall have the authority to grant the Certificate of
Ordination.

b. Candidates for ordination shall have been licensed for
at least two years. (The conference board may waive
this regulation in exceptional circumstances with the
approval of the General Superintendent.)

c. To qualify for a Certificate of Ordination, a candidate
shall be a member of a local church and recommended
by that local church. This recommendation must be in
writing and signed by the pastor and church secretary.

d. The training requirements for the Certificate of
Ordination, as specified in the Ministerial Credentials
Program established by the General Board of
Administration, may be satisfied through:

(1) The IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program course
of study. This course of study may be completed
through:

(a) A conference-administered IPHC ministerial
credentials program, or
(b) A conference-administered minister’s license
course of study plus a conference-sponsored or
-recognized Equipping The Saints (ETS) School
of Ministry Level program which incorporates
the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program, or
(c) A minister’s license course of study plus a local
church ETS School of Ministry Level program
that incorporates the IPHC Ministerial
Credentials Program and is recognized by the
conference.

(2) A prescribed course of study in a Pentecostal
Holiness college or its equivalent in another
church-related college, or
(3) For transferees credentialed by another fellowship,
other training programs which are equivalent to
any of the above options in addition to the course of
study and tests on the IPHC Manual, Light for the
Journey, and The Old-Time Power. (These materials
are available from LifeSprings Resources.)

e. The General Executive Board shall provide a
standard list of questions. This list of questions shall be sent to every conference, and all conference credentials committees shall be requested to ask
these questions in an oral interview with every candidate for a Certificate of Ordination.

f. Ordained ministers shall be eligible to participate in all conference benefits in the quadrennial conference in which they have been issued a Certificate of Ordination.

g. The General Superintendent or his appointee, in cooperation with the conference superintendent, shall arrange and conduct an appropriate ordination service in connection with the session of the conference.

4. Certificate of Ordination for Missionaries

The World Missions Ministries Board shall grant certificates of ordination for missionaries in consultation with the conference board to which the applicant is amenable.

5. Transfer of Credentials From Other Fellowships

The conference board has authority, with the approval of the General Superintendent, to grant credentials to ministers from other fellowships who meet the ministerial requirements of the IPHC Ministerial Credentials Program.

6. International Pentecostal Holiness Church Ministerial Credential Certificates

All ministerial credential certificates should be uniform in size and include the words “Valid with current I.D. card.”

7. Continuing Education Program

a. The General Superintendent, in consultation with church schools and the General Executive Board, shall provide a continuing education program for licensed and ordained ministers and missionaries in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The conference superintendent shall be responsible for implementation and supervision of the Continuing Education Units (CEU) Program.

b. All Licensed and Ordained Ministers must participate annually in a continuing education program provided or approved by the General Conference or quadrennial conference (2 Timothy 2:15). Any minister failing to meet this requirement will forfeit his credentials. This excludes retired ministers.

8. Certificate of Recognition

A local church may issue a certificate of recognition to its minister of church education, youth, music, children’s ministries, visitation, evangelism, etc. This certificate is to be signed by the pastor and church secretary and shall be recognized
by all International Pentecostal Holiness churches.

B. DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

1. A divorced and remarried Christian will be eligible for consideration for the offices of elder and deacon, and to receive local minister’s license and ordination in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church when one of the following applies:

a. The candidate’s former spouse has died or remarried.
b. The candidate was divorced and remarried prior to Christian conversion.
c. The candidate’s marriage partner is guilty of sexual immorality and is unwilling to repent and live faithfully with the candidate (Matthew 5:31, 32; Matthew 19:8, 9).
d. The candidate’s marriage partner is an unbeliever who willingly and permanently deserts the believing spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15, 25-28).

2. A minister holding credentials in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, or a person holding the office of deacon or elder, who divorces his spouse and remarries under circumstances other than those specified above will be required to surrender his credentials or office.

3. The following procedures shall be used in considering eligibility for persons who have been divorced and remarried under the provisions stated above (1. a-d):

a. The person desiring the ministry of deacon or elder shall present himself to the local church board for examination to determine any factor that would limit
his character. He will have proven himself to be faithful to the biblical passages of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9 for a period of two (2) years following his divorce.
b. The person desiring local minister’s license and ordination shall present himself before a duly appointed conference committee for examination to determine any factor that would limit his influence or reflect on his character. He will have proven himself to be faithful to the biblical passages of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9 for a period of two (2) years following his divorce.

This material excerpted from the IPHC Manual 2001-2005 edition.

B. LOCAL CHURCH

1. Organization of New Churches

a. There shall be two designations for new works: (1) Church Type Mission (CTM): When twelve (12) or more persons, including at least eight (8) adults representing at least three (3) different families, in one place desire to become an organized church, the group may be designated a Church Type Mission (CTM) by the conference superintendent in whose territory the church ultimately will be organized. (2) Organized Church: When twenty-five (25) or more persons, including at least twenty (20) adults, wish to become an organized church, the group must notify the conference superintendent. The conference superintendent or his appointee shall organize the church.

b. Procedure for Organizing a New Church

(1) Prior to organizing the church, all candidates shall be made acquainted with the Manual of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Explanation of relationships between the local church, the quadrennial conference, and the general church should be given, and new members should be made aware of their responsibilities to each. After subscribing to the qualifications for membership, those desiring membership shall be enrolled.
(2) The conference superintendent, or his appointee, in consultation with the pastor, shall appoint the initial leadership.
(3) Guidelines for programs and financial policies shall be adopted by the conference board and used by churches under conference supervision.

c. A minister of an independent church or an organized church body is invited to join the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and bring in his church with the following procedure:

(1) Vote to become fully connected as a Pentecostal Holiness Church, with full voting rights as other Pentecostal Holiness churches.
(2) Become an affiliated church with the privilege of voting to become a full member at a future date. The church, under the leadership of a Pentecostal Holiness pastor, shall be urged to support the financial programs and ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and its respective conference. An affiliate supporting the financial programs and ministries of the conference and general church shall have voting rights as other Pentecostal Holiness churches. Continuation of affiliation shall be with the mutual consent of the conference board, the local church board, and the local church, and shall be subject to annual review.

d. A local church may create satellite congregations that shall be under the supervision of the mother church pastor, who serves as senior pastor, until such a time the senior pastor deems it beneficial for the satellite to become a church. At that time, the mother church 48 pastor shall contact the conference superintendent to arrange transfer of oversight to the conference.

2. The Pastor

a. The International Pentecostal Holiness Church acknowledges the pastor as God’s appointed leader of the local church. As such, the pastor is vitally important in the expansion of the kingdom of God and the promotion of church growth in the local congregation. In local churches with a plurality of elders, the conference, appointed pastor is senior elder of the eldership.

(1) The pastor’s first concerns shall be to preach God’s Word, lead in the nurture of believers, win the lost to Christ, and lead in worship. While looking after the spiritual welfare of the church, administer the ordinances of the church, and expand the influence of the church in the community, city, or area.
(2) The pastor shall lead believers to discover and develop the ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can fulfill their ministry in the body of Christ. Special emphasis shall be given to training the believers in personal soul-winning (Ephesians 4:12).
(3) The pastor shall lead the church in extension (starting new churches) and bridging (cross-cultural) evangelism in cooperation with the quadrennial, conference evangelism program.
(4) The pastor shall have the authority and responsibility to counsel with and correct any church official, elected or appointed, who may not be meeting or promoting the requirements of the local church, quadrennial or General Conference.
(5) The pastor shall have the authority to remove any elder, deacon, or official found to be out of harmony with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Manual after consultation with the conference superintendent.

b. The pastor is the chair of the local church board and exofficio chair of all departmental boards.

c. Where a local church is incorporated, the pastor shall serve as president of the local corporation and as the executive official.

d. The pastor is responsible for the vision of the church and for presenting the programs designed to build it spiritually, numerically, and financially. The pastor shall meet annually with department heads or boards of the local church for the purpose of setting goals for the church and developing plans to reach those goals.

e. The pastor has the privilege of authorizing the expenditure of funds for supplies, improvements, etc. The purchase of costly equipment, property, etc., shall be with the agreement of the church board and/or church body.

f. The pastor is responsible for securing speakers for special services in the church, such as revivals, seminars, etc.

g. The pastor is to sign the church reports before they are sent to the conference office.

h. The pastor is to cooperate with the general officials and the quadrennial conference board in promoting various phases of the general, quadrennial, and local church programs.

i. The pastor is amenable to the quadrennial conference and the conference board.

j. Each quadrennial conference shall develop a sabbatical program for pastors of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church according to guidelines provided by the General Superintendent’s office.

3. Local Church Leadership

While every member of the church has ministry gifts that contribute to the accomplishment of the church’s mission, the New Testament affirms elders and deacons as specific ministry leaders. The board exists to meet contemporary organizational needs in the local church. Local congregational structure should include elders, deacons, and the official church board. The International Pentecostal Holiness Church recognizes that men and women may serve in these offices and ministries.

a. Local Church Official Board

(1) The local church board shall include the senior pastor, a secretary and a treasurer (one or two persons may hold the offices of secretary and treasurer), and board members. The board shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members in addition to the pastor. The board may include 50 persons with the ministry of elder and deacon as described in 3.b. and 3.c.
(2) The local church board is amenable to the pastor and the church body.
(3) A nominating committee appointed and chaired by the pastor and approved by the church board shall nominate all board members and the secretary and/or treasurer. The members of the local church may have access to the nominating committee. The nominees shall prayerfully consider their particular qualifications, gifts, and availability to serve. Those persons elected shall have full voting rights on the church board.

(a) Persons nominated shall have faithfully supported the church in attendance and tithes.
(b) Nominees shall have demonstrated Christian maturity and love for Christ.
(c) They shall have spiritual giftings that contribute to the well-being of the church.
(d) They shall have demonstrated godly character that brings honor to Christ and the local congregation.
(e) Nominees shall be in harmony with the church’s vision / mission statement.

(4) The nominating committee shall nominate as many persons as it desires. The church shall elect from the list of nominees the number of persons necessary to fill open positions.
(5) Secretary and/or treasurer

(a) The nominating committee shall nominate no more than two persons for secretary-treasurer or no more than two persons for secretary and two persons for treasurer. The church shall elect one of the two nominees. In the event only one person is nominated, the church will ratify the nominee. In the event the church rejects the nominee(s), the nominating committee shall nominate another person or persons to be ratified by the church. (b) The church board has the option to appoint a secretary and/or treasurer. The church board may grant voting privileges to that position. 51

(6) Local churches shall arrange the method of selection of local church and departmental officials so no person shall serve in any one office more than eight consecutive years (pastors are excluded from this provision). This rule is not binding where there are not enough qualified people eligible to serve.
(7) The local church board may serve as trustees of the church property. When trustees are other than the church board, they shall be members in good standing of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The church shall replace any church trustee that refuses to carry out the desires of the local church.
(8) If a pastor and local church board determine that a different personnel structure would enhance their local ministry, the structure shall be developed in consultation with the conference superintendent and approved by the conference board. This structure shall not conflict with legislation covering the statute of limitations and finances. If this structure is adopted, the conference board must review it periodically.

b. Elders Under the direction of the senior pastor, local church elders are persons whose ministry is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry in order to build the church (Ephesians 4:11-16); elders should provide spiritual oversight over the church to shepherd and protect it with maturity and wisdom (Acts 20:28-30; 1 Peter 5:1- 4). Elders should meet the criteria specified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

(1) An elder may be a licensed or ordained minister in the quadrennial conference. Any conference licensed or ordained minister who is asked by the pastor to serve as elder and accepts said position shall submit to and support the vision and ministry of the senior pastor. Any conference licensed or ordained minister who is an elder in a local church remains a member of the conference and is ultimately accountable to the conference.
(2) The senior pastor shall select from the congregation persons showing the characteristics of an elder. Such persons should have a call from God and be recognized by the congregation as having this call. The senior pastor may dismiss any elder from leadership in accordance with Section IV. B. 2. a. (5).
(3) Elders not licensed or ordained by the conference may serve on the local church official board.

c. Deacons All deacons should meet the scriptural criteria of Acts 6:3 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The ministry of the deacon is that of service.

(1) Deacons shall assist the pastor in providing for the welfare of the local church. They shall be given specific assignments by the pastor for the work of the church. Further guidelines for deacons are available through the conference office.
(2) Deacons shall be selected by the pastor in consultation with the elders or official board.
(3) Deacons may be removed from service by the pastor in accordance with section IV. B. 2. a. (5).

4. Duties of the Official Board

a. The pastor and all members of the church board shall cooperate in promoting the ministries and programs of the local church. They are responsible for the local church’s cooperation with the conference and general ministries and programs.

b. Each church board member shall adhere to a policy of confidentiality in matters pertaining to morals and other issues that could be detrimental to persons or the local church. Failure to do so will be grounds for dismissal from the church board.

c. The church board shall keep the membership roll up-todate in the following manner:

(1) No member shall be dropped without contacting the person for the purpose of restoring him/her to fellowship with the congregation.
(2) The board shall have the authority to drop members after all possible measures have been taken to restore them. This does not deny an individual the right of appeal to the conference superintendent.
(3) When members move from one locality to another, they should be encouraged to transfer their membership to the Pentecostal Holiness church of their choice in the new locality. If they do not request a transfer, their names shall remain on the roll.

d. No board or church shall make any rule pertaining to finance contrary to standards set by the general or quadrennial conference.

e. The church board or designated finance committee will set the pastor’s salary. It shall be reviewed annually by December 31 for the following year. The church board will forward to the conference the results of its annual review in its January report of the following year.

f. During a pastoral vacancy, the church board shall contact the conference superintendent to arrange for the pulpit to be filled.

g. It shall be the responsibility of the church board, through the pastor or his appointee, to investigate allegations that may reflect on members of the church, hear complaints against them, and settle differences without a trial, when possible.

h. Pastors and church boards shall comply with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations relative to finance and records.

i. Duties of the Church Secretary

(1) He shall keep the minutes of business sessions of the local church official board.
(2) He shall maintain an up-to-date membership roster including the manner and date of the reception and transfer of members.
(3) He shall prepare and mail reports, after they have been signed by the pastor, on the forms required by the quadrennial conference (secured from LifeSprings Resources). Failure to comply shall be grounds for dismissal as secretary.

j. Duties of the Church Treasurer

(1) The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all receipts, accounts, and disbursements of monies. The church board shall have the privilege and authority for internal audit at any time. Any church receiving more than $100,000 annually shall have an external financial review. This review shall be made by a general accountant, licensed public accountant, or a certified public accountant.
(2) He shall deposit all monies of the local church in a bank in the name of the church. Two persons shall be appointed by the church board to count and record all offerings received by the local church.
(3) He shall disburse funds as authorized by the church or church board. All expenditures shall be by check.
(4) He shall provide monthly financial statements for the pastor and church board. Failure to comply shall be grounds for dismissal as treasurer.

5. Church Letters Local church members shall be granted a letter of transfer from one Pentecostal Holiness church to another, or they may be given a letter of commendation to another Christian body by a majority vote of the local church board. When signed by the pastor and secretary, this letter is valid for ninety (90) days, and the person named in the letter retains his membership in the local church that granted the letter until the transfer is consummated. When the transfer is consummated, the pastor of the local church where the letter originated shall be notified immediately. When a letter of transfer is requested and not received within thirty (30) days, the pastor receiving the member shall notify the former pastor that a change has been effected.

This material excerpted from the IPHC Manual 2001-2005 edition.

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1867
National Holiness Association formed in Vineland, NJ.
1879 Iowa Holiness Association formed
1894
Southern Methodist Church rejects Holiness Movement; over 25 Holiness groups form
1895 Iowa Fire-Baptized Holiness Association formed by B. H. Irwin.
1898 First Pentecostal Holiness congregation organized in Goldsboro, NC

Miss Mattie Mallory opened an orphanage in Oklahoma City, which evolved into the Children's Center in Bethany, OK.
Fire-Baptized Holiness Association (national) formed; B.H. Irwin elected general overseer.
1899
Four Fire-Baptized Holiness missionaries arrive in Cuba
Founder of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Association, B.H. Irwin began publication of the Live Coals of Fire in 1899 from Iowa

The Fire-Baptized Holiness Association ordained women and had female ruling elders over conferences.
1900 First PH Convention held in Fayetteville, NC; A.B. Crumpler elected president

Joseph Hillary King chosen as general overseer of Fire-Baptized Holiness Association.
Ms. Emma DeFriese served as principal of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Association School of the Prophets in Beniah, TN when it opened in 1900.
1901 Word Pentecostal eliminated from name “Pentecostal Holiness

Students in Topeka, KS, baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues
The Holiness Advocate in Clinton, NC had a successful run from 1901 to 1908, the handiwork of A.B. Crumpler.
1902 Name changed from Fire-Baptized Holiness Association to Fire-Baptized Holiness Church (FBH)

G.F. Taylor led the Bethel Holiness School in Rose Hill, NC from 1903 until 1907 when he left to head up the Falcon Holiness School (1907-1916) which had started in 1902.
The 1902 and 1908 PHC disciplines carry a ceremony for the baptism of infants. The 1911 constitution (reflecting the merger of PHC and FBHC) is void of any theological reflection on this deviation from the North American Pentecostal norm. The 1989 (PHC) minutes and 1989 (PHC) manual do not make reference to such a practice.. Support for the baptism of infant was particularly acute during successful (PHC) affiliation talks with the Methodist Pentecostal Church in Chile.
1906
Azusa Street Revival began under leadership of W.J. Seymour; G.B. Cashwell filled with Holy Spirit
In 1906, the Emmanuel's Bible School was established in Beulah, Oklahoma where Daniel Awrey would serve as principal.
1907
Revival in Dunn, NC, led by G.B. Cashwell, results in FBH and PHC accepting Pentecost.
In October of 1907, G.B. Cashwell published the first issue of The Bridegroom's Messenger out of Atlanta, which he edited for one year before resigning to concentrate fully on his evangelistic efforts.
Crumpler resists the pentecostal experience; attacks A.H. Butler in his publication.

J.H. King, General Overseer of the FBHC, sought for and received the pentecostal baptism and spoke with other tongues on February 15
Sent by the PHC, Tom McIntosh may have been the first Pentecostal missionary to reach China.
1909
Word Pentecostal restored to name “Pentecostal Holiness
Falcon Orphanage in Falcon, NC began taking in children.
1911 Fire Baptized Holiness and Pentecostal Holiness Church merged in Falcon, NC; S.D. Page elected first general superintendent.

IPHC Historic Timeline 1911-2000

1911 Fire Baptized Holiness and Pentecostal Holiness Church merged in Falcon, NC; S.D. Page elected first general superintendent
1913 2nd General Convention, Toccoa, GA
1915
Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, under leadership of N.J. Holmes, consolidated with PHC in Canon, GA.
1917 Pentecostal Holiness Advocate launched; G.F. Taylor served as editor until 1934, except for 1925-1929; Advocate served as official voice of church until 1997

3rd General Conference, Abbeville, SC
1919
G.F. Taylor founded Franklin Springs Institute (name changed to Emmanuel College in 1939)
1921 4th General Conference, Roanoke, VA
1925
King's College operated in Oklahoma from 1925 until 1932.
5th General Conference, Franklin Springs, GA
1929
6th General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1931 First Hispanic conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church was organized in March, 1931.
1933 7th General Conference, Marion, NC
1937
8th General Conference, Roanoke, VA
1941 9th General Conference, Franklin Springs, GA
1943 National Association of Evangelicals organized, with PHC as a charter member
1945 10th General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1946
Southwestern College founded in Oklahoma City; R.O. Corvin president.
1947 Oral Roberts launched a healing ministry with his first city-wide campaign in Enid, Oklahoma.
1948
Eight groups, including PHC, formed Pentecostal Fellowship of North America (PFNA)
1949 11th General Conference, Jacksonville, FL

Carmen Home for aged citizens opened in Carmen, OK.
1953 12th General Conference, Memphis, TN
1957
13th General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1961 14th General Conference, Richmond, VA
1965 15th General Conference, Greensboro, NC
1967
Affiliation signed with Pentecostal Methodist Church of Chile.
1969 16th General Conference, Memphis, TN
1973 17th General Conference, Roanoke, VA
1974 International Headquarters moved from Franklin Springs, GA to Oklahoma City, OK where the denomination has more congregations than any other city in the world.
1975
General Executive Board added word International to name
1977 18th General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1981 19th General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1983 Target 2000 adopted by General Board of Administration

Affiliation signed with Wesleyan Methodist Church of Brazil
1985 20th General Conference, Richmond, VA
1989
21st General Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
1990 First World Conference of PH Churches met in Jerusalem
1993 22nd General Conference, Jacksonville, FL
1994
PFNA dissolved. Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) emerged as a racially inclusive organization.
Name of International Headquarters changed to Resource Development Center.
1996 First Solemn Assembly held in Fayetteville, NC (August) to repent of the sins of Spiritual Pride, Judgementalism, Controlling Spirit, Racism, Male Domination, Elder-Brother Syndrome and Greed.
Sieze the Future Summit satellite broadcast beamed to 38 points of presence in the US.
1997
23rd General Conference convenes in Kansas City, MO. James D. Leggett elected General Superintendent.
Mission 21, established at the 23rd General Conference, implemented an aggressive evangelism initiate called Reach 3 - Plant 3. Reach 3 - Plant 3 challenged each member to reach at least three persons for Christ and each church to plant at least three congregations; one like itself, one cross-culturally, and one trans-nationally.
1998 The IPHC celebrated its centennial anniversary with the release of a centennial history, a promotional video, and special services in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
2000 IPHC General Executive Board and World Pentecostal Holiness Fellowship (WPHF) adopted its first constitution; San Jose, Costa Rica. WPHF members include Bishop James D. Leggett, chairman, Donavan Ng (Asia), Gordon McDonald (Canada), Reggie Thomas (Africa), Teodor Bulzan (Europe), Jose Angel Salas Miranda (Latin America); affiliate members include Bishop Javier Vasquez (Methodist Pentecostal Church of Chile) and Bishop Elisiario Alves dos Santos (Wesleyan Methodist Church of Brazil).

Advantage College, Sacramento, CA
Advantage College is pursuing accreditation. Majors are in Church Growth Church Planting, and Leadership. The college is located in Sacramento, California.

Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA
Emmanuel College is the International Pentecostal Holiness Church’s multi-purpose four-year, baccalaureate degree granting institution of higher education. Emmanuel is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Holmes Bible College, Greenville, SC
Holmes Bible College (HBC) for more than 100 years has equipped men and women for Christian life, ministry and service to help fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ. It offers a Bible-centered education that empowers men and women for ministry in a postmodern, pre-Christian, and diverse world and advances real-world servanthood, discipleship, and leadership rooted in practice as well as theory.

Holmes Bible College is an independent, non-profit religious institution operating under the control of its Board of Trustees. Recognizing an historic connection, HBC and the IPHC have a ministry partnership agreement.

Southwestern Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK
SCU is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. North Central Accrediting Association accredits the undergraduate and graduate schools.

Southwestern Christian University Graduate School
Fully accredited graduate programs in Church Growth, Urban Evangelism and Leadership. All programs are modular and available in Oklahoma City, OK and/or Atlanta, GA area.

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