Who We Are
Welcome to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church! The IPHC is a global movement of disciples of Jesus Christ in 95 nations with 1,500,000 members and over 1,600 IPHC congregations in the United States.
Founded in the 1890s, the denomination has roots in historic Christianity as we affirm the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Definition at Chalcedon. The following three streams of historic Christianity make up the theological and ecclesiastical foundations of the church:
- While we rejoice at the work of the Holy Spirit through church history, the IPHC was birthed in the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation and the emphasis of Martin Luther on justification by faith alone, the supremacy of Scripture, and the priesthood of all believers.
- We are also influenced by the holiness emphasis of the Anglican priest John Wesley. Our theological framework reflects Wesleyan holiness and Wesley’s understanding of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England.
- Following the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, in 1906, the message spread around the world of the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit. This dynamic understanding of Acts 2 and all the gifts of the Spirit being available for the church today was received by the church and has characterized our life of worship of God, mission to the world, service to others, and fellowship with Christ’s church.
Because of our Wesleyan and Methodist roots, local congregations are part of larger entities that are usually called “conferences.” Local congregations are led by pastors, and the conferences are led by a bishop. In a nation with several conferences, there is usually a presiding bishop over the entire national movement.
Every four years we hold a General Conference where the presiding bishop of the global IPHC and other executive leadership is selected to lead the General Conference.
The IPHC also holds a Global Assembly where leaders from around the world gather for worship, prayer, vision-casting, and building relationships. The Seventh Global Assembly will convene in Jerusalem in 2023.
Based on Isaiah 54:2, 3, our vision is to be “A Place of Hope” and “A People of Promise.”
Our heart is to plant congregations and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with every person in the world. We are called to share God’s love and the truth of His Word, the Holy Bible. We invite you to explore these web pages, find a local congregation, and grow with us as we serve Jesus Christ!
The corporate name of this Body of Christians is the Pentecostal Holiness Church in South Africa
When the full corporate name is not required, this organization may also be known as Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) Or Pentecostal Holiness Church Ministries (PHC Ministries).
Our Purpose and Mission
- To preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in every area of South Africa.
- To establish believers in the faith by providing sound Christian teachings.
- To establish self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating
- To become a sending church by fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
This Constitution seeks to provide a basis for unity and co-operation among all members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in South Africa as they promote the Gospel as a way of meeting the needs of the whole man.
Scope of Authority
This Constitution supersedes any understanding, agreement or protocol whether verbal or written, entered into by any Pentecostal Holiness Church representative, minister, official, a national leader and/or Missionary with any individual or group in relationship to the Pentecostal Holiness Church in South Africa.
Any such understanding, agreement or protocol shall remain valid only to the extent that it is consistent with this Constitution.
The Pentecostal Holiness Church. Inc. shall be a connectional Church with an episcopal form of government.
Membership in the organization shall be of three types as defined in the Bylaws:
- Local church members
- Member Churches
When in session, the General Conference is the most authoritative body of the Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC).
Council of Bishops
When the General Conference is not in session, the Council of Bishops shall be the most authoritative council, board, or committee in the organizational structure. Its function shall be that of a Board of Directors. As such, it shall be the primary policy-making body between sessions of the General Conference.