From Atlantic City to Indianapolis: Two UPCI General Conference Messages

In 1968, I was at the general conference of the United Pentecostal Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey to hear the classic message by general superintendent Stanley Chambers: Let’s Make History.

Research current at that time indicated that within fifty years of their founding, most religious organizations drift from their moorings. Oneness Pentecostalism was just beyond its fiftieth birthday, and Brother Chambers had just been elected as the general superintendent.

Brother Chambers’ call to retain our identity, defying other trends, has often been seen as an important stabilizing influence for us.

None of us there that night could have imagined the radical cultural shifts that would take place between 1968 and 2019. But another fifty years have slipped away. Last night our general superintendent, David K. Bernard, delivered another such message to the 2019 general conference of the United Pentecostal Church International. It was a powerful, convincing message uniquely addressing the steps we must take to retain our identity while boldly advancing the Kingdom of God. His message was titled “From Fear to Faith.”

I recommend that you do whatever you must to view or hear this message.[archive]