The 29th General Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) begins today at 9am. More than 1,000 delegates from around the world will meet to worship, fellowship, and do the business of the church.
While the meetings normally occur every four years (a quadrennium), the church last met in Orlando in 2017. The scheduled 2021 meeting was postponed due to Covid-19.
“We’ve had to learn a new word,” said conference organizer Rev. Terry Fowler. “Quinquennium.” The church meeting calendar will reset with this meeting, and future meetings will occur in even years.
The theme for this year’s conference, Arise Together, points to the promise and the challenge of IPHC ministry in the 21st century.
“The past two years the world has experienced a significant shaking,” General Superintendent Doug Beacham wrote in the conference magazine. “There was much uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and anger. But there was also great hope, prayer, confidence, and trust in God’s loving care.”
Opening ceremonies begin at 9am on Wednesday, July 27, and sessions will be livestreamed at iphc.org/live.
“At the end of this week,” Bishop Beacham said, “may we remember that what we do here is ultimately not about the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. It is ultimately about ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ Therefore, let us Arise Together for Jesus’ sake.”