General Superintendent David K. Bernard

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David K. Bernard is the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International, which has 5.1 million constituents in over 42,000 churches in 230 nations and territories. He founded New Life Church of Austin, Texas, out of which 16 additional churches were started under his leadership. He is also the founding president of Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology. He earned both a master's and a doctor of theology degree in New Testament from the University of South Africa, a doctor of jurisprudence with honors from the University of Texas, and a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematical sciences and managerial studies from Rice University. He has written 37 books that have been published in 39 languages with a total circulation of more than 900,000 copies. In addition, he has ministered in 70 countries on six continents. He and his wife, Connie, have three children and several grandchildren.


Latest Itinera ry:  January, February, March 2020

 

  Latest News Bulletin: April 28, 2020

 

David K. Bernard's books and other materials are available for purchase through the Pentecostal Publishing House.

 

Digital booklet download: Stategies for Growth

 

Copy of a letter from the Department of Justice to California Governor Gavin Newsom.

May
Online Service for Pentecost Sunday, May 31 The UPCI Strategic Growth Initiative and the UPCI Evangelist Ministry are partnering to produce online worship services for Pentecost Sunday. These services will be available in both English and Spanish at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The English evangelist is Doug Klinedinst, and the Spanish evangelist is Mark Drost. A number for texting will be displayed …
Apr
Conference Call on the Pandemic Last Thursday, I participated in a conference call with US Attorney General William Barr and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams. They explained that through April 30 we are still in Phase 0 of our response to the pandemic. However, we will soon begin three phases for reopening America. Each state and county or parish can move at its own rate based on positive results in …
Apr
COVID-19 and the Church On Wednesday, April 8, I participated on a conference call with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Franklin Graham, and other religious leaders including Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and Jewish rabbis. At that time, the total of infected persons in the US exceeded 400,000, and total deaths were over 13,000. Of course, these numbers continue to escalate. The President stated that in the short term we still …
Apr
A Divine Shift After my wife and I spent some time in prayer and fasting, I feel impressed to communicate this message. We are rightly concerned about the current pandemic and its effects on the economy and on our churches. We are praying for healing, protection, and supply of needs. We are eagerly awaiting the time when we can have normal church services again. At the same time, I believe …
Mar
Apostolic Day of Prayer, Friday, March 27 The Apostolic Fellowship Summit is calling all Apostolic Pentecostals to prayer for our nation on Friday, March 27. The Summit is an annual meeting of the seven largest Oneness Pentecostal organizations in the United States, hosted by Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Leaders of these organizations will pray together on Friday, March 27, at Noon (Eastern) via Zoom. Prayer will be focused on each …
Mar
World Headquarters Provides Support UPCI World Headquarters is providing support and resources to missionaries, churches, and constituents through its various ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time there are unexpected needs among our North American and global missionaries that we can help defray. We also have opportunities to provide assistance to our churches and families. Children’s Ministries Children’s Ministries has resources for children’s services at home. Here is a …
Mar
COVID-19 UPDATE The Senior Leadership Team of the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) met yesterday, March 17, at World Headquarters in Weldon Spring, MO, USA, to discuss our response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. In two recent news bulletins and a video, I have issued a call to prayer and offered biblical guidance. This bulletin provides additional resources and discussion. Each UPCI division and ministry is communicating with its team. …
Mar
The Church in a Pandemic How should the church act in a pandemic?   1. Trust God and Pray. Move from fear to faith, from panic to peace. Replace worry with prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ …
Mar
A Call to Prayer I appeal to every minister and church in the United Pentecostal Church International to have special prayer regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s focus our prayers on the following points: (1) Divine protection and healing for all people and especially for our constituents. (2) Wisdom for leaders to take appropriate action for our safety and security without causing panic. (3) Protection for our nation and church from adverse economic and political …
Jan
Happy New Year! We wish each of you a Happy New Year. A new year is a new beginning, a time to start afresh. We are excited about the possibilities that a new year holds for each of us. This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Pentecostal Church International. Let’s pray that God will bless our fellowship in an unprecedented way as we celebrate this milestone and look …
Aug
Official Notification of Resolutions You may access the resolutions that the Resolutions Committee has voted to present to the 2019 General Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. These resolutions are posted at upciministers.com and are published in the Fall issue of the Forward. Please bring a copy of the resolutions with you, as none will be distributed at the meeting. If you have trouble getting access please contact my office at rmorley@upci.org for a …
Apr
Check out the archive of this recent live broadcast with UPCI General Superintendent David K. Bernard and Dr. Jared Runck, Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Urshan College. They  discussed biblical teachings about the Holy Spirit and tongues as well as related practical considerations. This broadcast was recorded in the UPCI media studio on April 23, 2019.
Mar
Strategic Growth Initiative The General Board is moving forward with the Strategic Growth Initiative. Each district is developing plans for growth, and to date, 40 districts have submitted their plans. The chair of the Strategic Growth Committee is Jack Cunningham, and the secretary is Ken Gurley. At the recent General Board meeting, the committee presented a template for district plans to address four areas:   New Ministers New Works (preaching …
Jan
David K. Bernard speaks at Because of the Times 2019, “Filled with the Spirit.” (Courtesy of The Pentecostals of Alexandria and Pastor Anthony Mangun)
Dec
This interview with UPCI General Superintendent David K. Bernard on the topic, The UPCI in Its Cultural, Social, and Political Context, was broadcasted live on December 12, 2018.
Oct
General Superintendent David K. Bernard and General Director of Global Missions Bruce Howell discuss the strategic growth of the UPCI outside North America. This conversation was broadcasted live on October 17, 2018.
Oct
General Conference We enjoyed great blessings from the Lord at our recent General Conference in Louisville, KY. The estimated peak attendance was 8,200, which is higher than last year and similar to 2016. In just a few minutes each, North American Missions raised $1 million to reach the major metropolitan cities of North America, and Global Missions raised $2.5 million in cash and pledges to send 19 missionary families back to …
Oct
The UPCI As a Multiracial Church Recently, there has been a discussion on social media about racism and the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). Many people have described personal experiences both positive and negative. On the day after the original post, I met with the couple who initiated the post. We had a cordial and productive conversation. They expressed appreciation for the overall direction of the UPCI but shared their …
Sep
Youth Ministries UPCI Youth Ministries has achieved a record Sheaves for Christ offering of $5,364,411.42. This represents a tremendous investment of time, energy and resources. We appreciate all who have worked together to make an eternal investment into the kingdom of God. Below are a few highlights of this year’s offering: The largest offering in SFC's 66-year history Increase of $523,975.46 from last year’s offering 39 of 56 districts experienced an increase 11 …
Sep
Hurricane Florence Please pray for the East Coast and Gulf Coast as they are facing dangerous hurricanes. Hurricane Florence, a major hurricane, is expected to hit the East Coast this week, causing significant damage. Reach Out America (ROA), the UPCI-endorsed domestic relief agency, is mobilizing for action. ROA is a member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and is coordinating its efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency …
Apr
General Board: Strategic Growth Plans The Executive and General Boards of the United Pentecostal Church International met on February 26-28 and March 1, 2018 in St. Louis, MO. In addition to its regular business, the General Board considered the development of a Strategic Growth Plan for each district. The district superintendents participated in four groups based on size of district to discuss best practices, ideas, and strategies for growth. They set a …
Sep
Hurricane Harvey Update In Texas, 25 UPCI churches and 16 pastors' homes have been damaged or flooded as well as the homes of many other ministers and saints. Both the South Texas District and the Texas District have set up relief funds and have organized teams to deliver supplies and provide labor for cleanup and rebuilding. Other districts and churches are partnering with them. The UPCI has set up a …
Aug
Hurricane Relief Efforts   Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas over the greater Houston and Corpus Christi area this weekend. Initially a Category 4 Hurricane, the storm has brought tremendous destruction. As the storm loses power, it is continuing to flood the region with unprecedented amounts of rainfall.    We have received reports that multiple UPCI churches are flooded and that homes of our pastors, ministers, and constituents have been flooded …
Aug
The Future of the United Pentecostal Church International As general superintendent I have felt led to emphasize three themes: (1) Apostolic identity, (2) Apostolic unity, (3) Apostolic revival. These themes come directly from Acts 2 and from the purpose statement of the UPCI: "to carry the whole gospel to the whole world by the whole church."   On Sunday morning, February 26, as I was preparing to preach, God spoke to me for …
Jul
Spanish Evangelism Ministries In the US and Canada, we now have 800 Spanish-speaking works and 1,150 ministers. North American Missions The director of North American Missions, Jimmy Toney, was recently elected as pastor in Gainesville, Florida, and is now working half time at World Headquarters. We will elect a new director at General Conference in September. Under Brother Toney's leadership NAM has continued to grow, with an increase in new …
May
A Call to Prayer from World Network of Prayer The 66th annual National Day of Prayer will be commemorated on Thursday, May 4, 2017,with the theme "For Your GREAT Name's Sake: Hear Us ... Forgive Us ... Heal Us!" (Matthew 1:23, Daniel 9:19). The Global Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, June 4, 2017. All churches are encouraged to promote and participate in these important events. In the midst of global crisis and uncertainty, there is a …
Jan
Window of Opportunity In 2017, we have a window of opportunity for revival. While our culture continues to decline spiritually, the current political and economic environment in North America is favorable for freedom of religion and worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) is stronger than ever before, is experiencing great revival, and is planning strategically in all areas. Let's take advantage of this opportunity.   …
Nov
Thoughts on the US Election From a Christian perspective, both major presidential candidates had significant flaws. Nevertheless, the election gave Republicans control of the Presidency, House, and Senate. They can appoint a majority on the Supreme Court, thereby unifying all three branches of government under a more conservative philosophy. There is the potential for less governmental regulation; greater efficiency; and greater religious, economic, and political freedom.   Regardless of how …
Nov
Prayer for US Elections I appeal to everyone to pray for the upcoming US elections on November 8, which will be significant for the direction of our nation and our world over the next four years. As a church we don't endorse political candidates, but we should pray for leaders who will preserve our political and economic liberty, especially freedom of religion. The story of Abraham's intercession for Sodom demonstrates …
Sep
Annual Report The 2016 Annual Financial Report of the United Pentecostal Church International is now available to all UPCI ministers at upciministers.com. You must log in to have access. The report shows that we have attained new records for net assets, total ministers, and total works in the US and Canada as well as worldwide constituents. It is now published digitally for everyone instead of being distributed at General Conference, …
Aug
Early Registration for General Conference 2016 ends tomorrow! Early registrants will pay only $50.00, but after Wednesday, August 31, registration will be $75.00.  Registration fees apply to persons 18 years or older. For more information and to register, please click here.    The business session will be held Wednesday, September 28, at9:00 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225 in Halls A-C.   Licensed ministers may access the 2016 Resolutions …
Jul
Call to Prayer and Action We are all shocked and saddened by the violent events in recent weeks, including terrorist attacks, attacks on police officers, and loss of lives. We need to pray for our nation, our communities, and our law enforcement officers. Our local churches should become actively involved in their communities, advocate peace and justice, and seek ways to minister to those who have been affected by violence. …
Apr
Attendance Report At the request of the General Board, the General Sunday School Division is making a concerted effort to collect three vital statistics for the UPCI: (a) Easter attendance or other peak attendance, (b) number baptized in one year, and (c) number receiving the Holy Ghost in one year. We will not report statistics for individual churches, but districts will report their totals, and we will publish the district …
Mar
New Building for World Evangelism Center In my last news bulletin I reported that, as authorized by the General Board, we had signed a contract to purchase a new building for our international headquarters. I am happy to report that on March 1 we closed on the purchase of the property. The building consists of 81,000 square feet on 8 acres at 36 Research Park Court in Weldon Spring, MO, …

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