A Preaching Point is a regularly scheduled service, typically once a week or at least once a month, that features preaching. At this juncture, under UPCI policy, there should be an application with District approval.
The pastor of the church desiring a Preaching Point should contact the District North American Missions Director to inquire about the city, and then that pastor should secure a “Preaching Point Application”.
The Kansas District North American Missions Committee consists of the district superintendent, district NAM director, and NAM secretary. This group can approve any Preaching Point where there is not currently a UPCI church. If there is a UPCI Church, then the approval of the District Board is required.
A preaching point isn’t a firm commitment to start a church, but it’s a stated effort to explore the possibility, and therefore it’s important to consider the proposed target area and the input of any neighboring pastors.
A preaching point is distinct from the mother church as to location or language and it is designed to reach people who are currently unchurched.
The definition of a preaching point does not include a church having a service in a prison, nursing home, jail, on a college campus or in any other institutional setting.
Establishing a Preaching Point
Any pastor desiring to start a Preaching Point must submit a “Preaching Point Application” to the District North American Mission Director.
With the approval of the District North American Missions Executive Committee, an existing church can establish a preaching point in any city or town that does not have a United Pentecostal Church.
The Kansas District North American Missions Committee consists of the district superintendent, district NAM director, and district NAM secretary.
According to a General Board policy in the UPCI Manual, this committee can approve reaching points in any city or town that doesn’t have a United Pentecostal Church.
In the event there is a United Pentecostal Church in the town or city where the preaching point is being considered, the approval of the District Board is required.
The existence of a preaching point in a town/city does not preclude another church from applying to start another preaching point or daughter church. It also does not preclude someone applying to start an autonomous church in that town/city.
All Preaching Point activities shall be under the direction of the sponsoring church pastor.
When a Preaching Point has the stability and potential to develop into a congregation, it is time to apply for Daughter Work status.
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