Ministerial Licensing
View the requirements and process for becoming a licensed minister.

What is Ministerial Licensing?

A ministerial license is an important and practical way to acknowledge a person’s calling to a life devoted to ministering to the body of Christ, especially through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. A license admits a person into the ministerial fellowship of the UPCI, and as such it places him or her in a fellowship of ministers who hold the same fundamental doctrine. A license gives a minister credibility in his or her community, both inside and outside the church. A local license is the usual point of entry for a new minister, and the progressive levels of licensing—local, general, and ordination—provide a pathway of growth for a minister.

Application Process

Applications are reviewed at the District Board meetings in the following months:

Local License: May
General License: September
Ordination: February

Please check the district calendar for the specific date of the board meetings.

Send your application to the District Office:
South Texas District UPCI
Lighthouse Church
PO Box 216 West Columbia, TX 77486
Applications must be received 30 days prior to the date of the board meeting.

A local license is the first level of the ministerial licensing process.

Priveleges

  • A subscription to the Pentecostal Herald
  • A subscription to the Forward Magazine
  • A life insurance package
  • Performing funeral ceremonies

General Requirements

  • Applicant must be seventeen (17) years of age or older
  • Applicant must believe in the Oneness of God
  • Applicant must have been baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ
  • Applicant must have been baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues
  • Applicant must be living a holy life according to the Scriptures as explained in the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International

Preaching Requirements

Before appearing before the District Board, each applicant must have preached an average of one (1) sermon each week for six (6) months. Exceptions to this requirement may be made by the District Board. Teaching Sunday school classes or leading services do not meet the requirement.

Ministry Central Training

Licensing applicants must complete required training provided through Ministry Central. Click here to register for your required training.

Reading Requirements

Before appearing before the District Board, each applicant must fulfill the following reading requirements. It should be understood that this basic reading list in no way completes your ministerial education but is merely foundational to your own thorough, rigorous, and ongoing study program.

  • The Bible
  • Acts by Robin Johnson
  • Biblical Interpretation by David K. Bernard
  • Gospels by Jeffrey Brickle
  • History of the UPCI by Robin Johnston
  • Holiness by David K. Bernard
  • New Birth by David K. Bernard
  • Oneness of God by David K. Bernard
  • Pentateuch by Chris Paris
  • Preaching I by Jonathan McClintock
  • Spiritual Disciplines by James Littles
  • Handbook on the Book of Acts by Robin Johnston
  • Understanding God’s Word by David K. Bernard
  • Handbook on the Gospels by Jeffrey Brickle
  • United We Stand by Arthur Clanton and Charles Clanton
  • Practical Holiness by David K. Bernard
  • The New Birth by David K. Bernard
  • The Oneness of God by David K. Bernard
  • Handbook on the Pentateuch by Chris Paris
  • Life Preaching by Jonathan McClintock

Books may be purchased through Pentecostal Publishing House.

A general license is the second level of the ministerial licensing process.

Priveleges

  • A subscription to the Pentecostal Herald
  • A subscription to the Forward Magazine
  • A life insurance package
  • Performing funeral ceremonies
  • Performing wedding ceremonies
  • Performing practically all duties and responsibilities of the ministry

General Requirements

  • Applicant must be seventeen (17) years of age or older
  • Applicant must believe in the Oneness of God
  • Applicant must have been baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ
  • Applicant must have been baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues
  • Applicant must be living a holy life according to the Scriptures as explained in the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International
  • Applicant must be engaged at present in the ministry as a pastor, full-time evangelist, assistant pastor, elected or appointed official, or full-time Bible college administrator or instructor. An exception to this may be made by the District Board for those who have graduated from a school endorsed by the United Pentecostal Church International; the Board may grant him or her a general or local license at their discretion
  • Applicant who is not a graduate from a UPCI-endorsed school must have held a local license for at least one (1) year
  • Applicant must have proven their ministry for one (1) year

Preaching Requirements

Before appearing before the District Board, each applicant must have preached an average of one (1) sermon each week for twelve (12) months. Exceptions to this requirement may be made by the District Board. Teaching Sunday school classes or leading services do not meet the requirement.

Ministry Central Training

Licensing applicants must complete required training provided through Ministry Central. Click here to register for your required training.

Reading Requirements

Before appearing before the District Board, each applicant must fulfill the following reading requirements. It should be understood that this basic reading list in no way completes your ministerial education but is merely foundational to your own thorough, rigorous, and ongoing study program.

  • The complete Bible since receiving a local license (twice if granted a general license without a local license)
  • Discipleship by Stan O. Gleason
  • Doctrine by Scott Graham
  • Epistles of Paul by Jeremy Painter
  • Ethics by Richard M. Davis
  • Gen. Epistles and Revelation by Jeffrey Brickle and Jeremy Painter
  • Historical Books by Christ Paris
  • History of Doctrine by David K. Bernard
  • Leadership I by Eugene Wilson
  • Preaching II by Jerry Jones
  • Principles of Ministry by David K. Bernard
  • Follow to Lead: Journey of a Disciple Maker by Stan O. Gleason
  • Doctrines of the Bible by J.L. Hall and David K. Bernard
  • Handbook on the Epistles of Paul by Jeremy Painter
  • Integrity: Principles of Christian Ethics by Richard M. Davis
  • Handbook on the General Epistles and Revelation by Jeffrey Brickle and Jeremy Painter
  • Handbook on the Historical Books by Chris Paris
  • A History of Christian Doctrine Abridge in One Volume by David K. Bernard
  • Realign by Eugene Wilson
  • We Preach by Jerry Jones
  • The Pentecostal Minister by J.L. Hall and David K. Bernard, eds.

Books may be purchased through Pentecostal Publishing House.

Ordination is the third and final level of the ministerial licensing process. It is the fulfillment of the scriptural process of recognition, endorsement, and anointing.

Priveleges

  • A subscription to the Pentecostal Herald
  • A subscription to the Forward Magazine
  • A life insurance package
  • Performing funeral ceremonies
  • Performing wedding ceremonies
  • Performing practically all duties and responsibilities of the ministry
  • The possibility of holding office

General Requirements

  • Applicant must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older
  • Applicant must believe in the Oneness of God
  • Applicant must have been baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ
  • Applicant must have been baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues
  • Applicant must be living a holy life according to the Scriptures as explained in the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International
  • Applicant must have held a general license for at least two (2) years.
  • Applicant must have proven their ministry for two (2) consecutive years
  • Applicant must at present be a pastor, full-time evangelist, assistant pastor, appointed or elected official, full-time Bible college administrator or instructor
  • Any exceptions to the above would be at the discretion of the District Board

Ministry Central Training

Licensing applicants must complete required training provided through Ministry Central. Click here to register for your required training.

Reading Requirements

Before appearing before the District Board, each applicant must fulfill the following reading requirements. It should be understood that this basic reading list in no way completes your ministerial education but is merely foundational to your own thorough, rigorous, and ongoing study program.

  • The complete Bible since receiving a general license
  • Christology by David Norris
  • Church Administration by Carlton L. Coon
  • Church Growth by David K. Bernard
  • The End Time by David Norris
  • Leadership II by David Norris
  • Pentecostal Heritage by Robin Johnston
  • Prophets by David Johnson and Jared Runck
  • Psalms and Wisdom Literature by Jeremy Painter
  • Romans by David K. Bernard
  • Spiritual Gifts by Daniel Segraves
  • I AM by David Norris
  • The Details Matter: Principles of Church Administration by Carlton L. Coon
  • Growing a Church by David K. Bernard
  • Life, Death, and the End of the World by David Norris
  • Seventy by Eugene Wilson
  • Howard A. Goss: A Pentecostal Life by Robin Johnston
  • Handbook on the Prophets by David Johnson and Jared Runck
  • Handbook on the Psalms and Wisdom Literature by Jeremy Painter
  • The Message of Romans by David K. Bernard
  • Spiritual Gifts by David K. Bernard

Books may be purchased through Pentecostal Publishing House.