When American Methodism was formed in 1784, the church accepted Wesley’s mandate to “reform the continent and spread Scriptural Holiness over these lands.” For over a century, Methodist preachers and churches throughout the nation promoted the Holiness cause. As the church grew larger and wealthier, however, the Holiness testimony tended to fade as a distinctive teaching and experience in the church. Despite attempts to renew the Holiness message in the church both before and after the Civil War, the trend away from Holiness theology and experience was clearly established by the end of the nineteenth century.
The last major Holiness revival among the Methodists and other mainline Protestant churches came after the formation of the National Holiness Association in Vineland, New Jersey, in 1867. But the resulting revival failed to bring the majority of the American church back to the Holiness cause. When the Southern Methodist Church rejected the Holiness Movement in 1894, more than 25 new Holiness groups dedicated to the promotion of Holiness preaching and living formed in the United States.
The Pentecostal Holiness Church was one of the groups established after 1894 as a result of the controversies over the question of sanctification.
We are called to be “A Place of Hope” and “A People of Promise.”
- 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).
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.
- ORGANIZATIONAL FORM
- 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.
- 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.
- CORE VALUES
We Prayerfully Value
- Christ’s Kingdom
- All Generations
God has called the Pentecostal Holiness Church to become a kingdom of worshiping priests who will worship Him with all our beings – spirit, soul, and body. We are to live lives of worship, continually giving praise to the Lord. Our churches are to be recognized 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 has called 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 teaching them a lifestyle of learning that we may all grow in the knowledge of God and effectiveness in ministry.
God has called the Pentecostal Holiness Church to become an army of witnesses who will live to share the good news. Our entire lifestyle is to be built around the compassion to witness. We are to witness as we travel, study, eat, work and play. We are to choose our vocation, home, church site, mode of dress, language, friends, and neighbors to better witness to our generation.
God has called the Pentecostal Holiness Church to become a unique instrument of world evangelization that will penetrate many unreached people of this earth with the gospel. We are to gear up like an invading army to go into enemy strongholds with our lifestyle of worship, learning, and witness to build the kingdom of God and establish the reign of King Jesus.