By: Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr., General Superintendent
For over one hundred years, the men and women of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church have gathered every four years to do the business of the church. This year, we gather in Orlando, Florida, July 26-28, to continue this important part of our denominational life.
The Council of Bishops is thankful for the men and women who have served on the General Conference committees. They have diligently prayed, discussed, and determined the proposals in each report. In particular, the IPHC is grateful to the chairs of these committees: Bishop Ray Willis (Decorum Committee), Bishop Tom Murray (Credentials Committee), and Rev. Bob Ely (Bylaws Committee).
In Orlando, we will consider, debate, and determine the polity of the IPHC that will govern us for the next four years. In particular, the Bylaws Report will guide our operations on the general church level, the conference level, and the local church level. When completed on July 28th, this document will be the instrument the Holy Spirit will use in our administration, our accountability to one another, and legal protection for our ministers, members, and properties.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of these reports. General Conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26th, with Holy Communion. We know the Holy Spirit will meet with us and guide us in the election of the four offices of the Executive Committee and in the important business in these reports: