Applicants for Ministerial License

New Reading Requirements

The General Board has recently made a significant change to the reading requirements for ministerial applicants who have not completed at least one year of Bible College. During the calendar year of 2017, the Colorado District will accept applicants who comply with either the former requirements or the new requirements. Beginning in 2018, the United Pentecostal Church (including the Colorado District) will only accept the new requirements. These new requirements include excellent materials (training videos and ebooks) provided via MinistryCentral.com. Please see our Reading Requirements webpage.

Pastoral Authority:
The Colorado District United Pentecostal Church considers the spiritual authority of the local pastor to be of paramount importance. Therefore, all applicants for ministerial license will always need the full and complete permission and participation of any ministerial applicant's pastor.

Application Form 2015:
All applicants for ministerial license must used the correct and current application form. Your pastor, presbyter (or any licensed minister who has a login set up for www.upciministers.com) can download any of these applications.  The application MUST be dated "Revised 2015" in the upper right hand corner of page 1 of the application!  The application must be filled out completely and correctly and must be signed by the applicant's pastor. The pastor and/or presbyter may help the candidate ensure the completeness and accuracy of the application form.

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English Local General Ordination
Spanish Local General Ordination

You will also need to bring the Life Insurance Beneficiary Form or Spanish Life Insurance Beneficiary Form filled out, signed, and dated to your Meeting with the District Board.

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Regarding Applicants for Ministerial License:
All applicants for ministerial license (or upgrade) must preach an average of once a week (teaching Sunday School classes does not meet this requirement) for the six month period prior to meeting the District Board. They must have their pastor's approval to seek ministerial license. They must fulfill the education requirements specified in the UPCI Manual; which is that they must have completed at least one year of Bible College or have completed the Reading Requirements specified by the General Board of the UPCI! The General Board has recently made a significant change to these requirements. During the calendar year of 2017, the Colorado District will accept applicants who comply with either the former requirements or the new requirements. Beginning in 2018, the United Pentecostal Church (including the Colorado District) will only accept the new requirements. These new requirements include excellent materials (training videos and ebooks) provided via MinistryCentral.com. Applicants must fill out the appropriate license application (see the Application Form section above).. They must take a written exam from their Sectional Presbyter, and at that time certify that they have met the Reading Requirements of the UPCI. Finally, they must meet the District Board for the review of their application. All local license applicants must be accompanied by his/her spouse and his/her pastor at the District Board Meeting. If the license applicant has ever been divorced, he/she should inform the Presbyter so that the applicant can be prepared for additional requirements.

Ministerial License Application Procedure:
All applicants must obtain applications from their local pastor. After filling out the application, the local pastor must check over the application carefully, sign it, and give it to the Sectional Presbyter who must check over the application carefully and then send it to the District Secretary-Treasurer. The District Secretary-Treasurer must receive all filled out and triple-checked applications 60 days prior to the Board Meeting. The license applicant should also supply documentation for any Launch Your Ministry or MinistryCentral courses completed. The results of the written examination and the certification of meeting the Reading Requirements (which are described below the Board Meeting Schedule) should be given to the District Secretary-Treasurer prior to the Board Meeting. The Board Meeting dates (and deadlines) are; therefore, noted in the calendar below.

Board Meeting Schedule 2017-2018:

Date: Deadline: Event:Location:
February 21, 2017 December 23, 2016 Men's RetreatEstes Park YMCA
May 4, 2017 March 5, 2017 District Conference Keystone Resort
June 20, 2017 April 21, 2017 Campmeeting Douglas Co Fairgrounds, Castle Rock
October 23, 2017 August 24, 2017 Fall Planning Board MeetingCastle Rock
February 20, 2018 December 22, 2017 Men's RetreatEstes Park YMCA
April 26, 2018 February 25, 2018 District Conference Keystone Resort
June 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 Campmeeting Douglas Co Fairgrounds, Castle Rock
October 22, 2018 August 23, 2018 Fall Planning Board MeetingCastle Rock

TBD = Yet To Be Determined

Required:

All License Applicants must read all of the books indicated in the Reading Requirements list, must preach 26 times during the six months prior to meeting the District Board, and must meet with his/her Presbyter to take an exam (this is true for all levels) and to discuss the exam results, the reading and preaching requirements and the filled out application with his/her Presbyter well before the Board Meeting!!   The filled out application must be in the hands of the District-Secretary 60 days prior to the Board Meeting!!  If the license applicant has ever been divorced, he/she should inform the Presbyter so that the applicant can be prepared for additional requirements. All local license applicants must be accompanied by his/her spouse and his/her pastor at the District Board Meeting. You should also obtain a Life Insurance Beneficiary form from here or from your Presbyter, fill it out and bring it, two copies of a picture of you and your spouse and bring two checks to the Board Meeting (to be filled out there at the Board Meeting).

Written Exam: (New Requirement)
Additionally, all applicants for ministerial license (or upgrade) will be required to take an examination (a written test) from their Sectional Presbyter prior to meeting the District Board. Please speak to your Sectional Presbyter to schedule a time to do this. You will also be required (at the time of taking the written exam) to sign a form certifying that you have met all of the reading requirements. Please read the Ministerial Applicants' Reading Requirements.

On Board Meeting Day:
When a ministerial applicant meets the District Board for examination by the District Board, there are some additional necessary things. Local license applicants must be accompanied by his/her pastor (spiritual authority). All applicants must be accompanied by his/her spouse. The applicant must bring two copies of a photograph of both the applicant and the spouse. The applicant must bring two checks made out to UPCI, with the applicant's name on the check (memo field or account name). One will be for 25.00 and have "application fee" in the memo. The other will be one quarter's budget fee and have "budget fee" in the memo. One quarter's budget fee is as follows: 93.50 for Local, 96.50 for General, and 99.50 for Ordination. The applicant must bring the Life Insurance Beneficiary form which designates the beneficiaries for the UPCI Life Insurance Policy. This form must be fully filled out and signed and dated. (If you have questions about how to properly fill out this form, please contact the District Secretary-Treasurer).

Financial Support:
The applicant should understand that if approved for license with the United Pentecostal Church, he/she will be responsible to pay both District Dues/Tithe (25.00 for Local, 30.00 for General, and 35.00 for Ordination monthly when not full time in the ministry; and a tithe of ministerial income when full time in the ministry) and also Headquarters' Budget Fees (amounts just mentioned).