Reconciling Pentecostals International
There is a difference between being “called” and being “sent.” In order to correctly handle the Word of Truth, we must be diligent learners of the Holy Scriptures. We must seek revelation and knowledge of key elements of the ministry, so that once sent, we may be instant in season and out, always prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
Paul admonishes Christians in his letter to Timothy (II Timothy 2:15) to study, to show ourselves approved. Not only will an education in the ministry improve our effectiveness in delivering the message of the gospel, but it will also develop our integrity, character, doctrine, and discipline, so that we may present ourselves as a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed. Who, without any formal education, would consider themselves qualified to teach? In the same manner, a soldier would not enter into battle without preparation or without armor. Ephesians 6:13-17 lists “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” and tells us to have our “feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Not only must we study the Word, but prior to being ‘sent,’ we must be made ready by knowing the Word – by making it a part of who we are.
As our former education coordinator, Dr. Edith Baker said, “You have stated your ‘call’ and now, preparing to embark on a journey. This journey will not be easy, nor should it be. This journey will cost you time, energy and resources, for anything obtained without cost, is esteemed of less value.” As the story of David clearly states; “And King David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.” I Chronicles 21:24
Prayers and Blessings to you as you hearken to your calling!
His Humble Servant,
Rev. Dr. Shawn Key, Au.D.
RPI Education Director
Ministry Training involves four (4) Levels
Please note, that the RPI Bible College offers Certificates of Completion for each level of study, which are separate from licensure by the RPI Board of Presbyters.
Licensure is handled by the RPI Board of Presbyters.
Upon completion of Level I Courses, they will receive a Christian Workers Certificate from the RPI Bible College and may then apply to the RPI Board of Presbyters for a Minister-In-Training License,.
Level I Courses – learning basic foundational principles of Christian living, personal
growth, church doctrine and biblical history. (Christian Worker)
Upon completion of Level II Courses, a student will receive a Certificate for Practical Ministry from the RPI Bible College and may subsequently apply to the RPI Board of Presbyters for an Associate License. Level II Courses – expands on level one learning and additional church history, doctrinal studies, preparing for ministry and missions and spiritual development through prayer, fasting, studying. (Practical Ministry)
Upon completion of Level III Courses, a student will receive a Certificate for Pastoral and Church Leadership from RPI Bible College, and they may apply to RPI Board of Presbyters for a General License. Level III Courses – Students broaden their knowledge in doctrine, biblical understanding, ministry, pastoral discipline, Christian education and leadership principles. (Pastoral & Church Leadership)
Upon completion of Level IV Courses, a student will receive a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from RPI Bible College and will then be eligible for Full Ordination from the RPI Board. Level IV Courses – study at this level prepares the minister for higher levels of leadership within the organization, church, and mission field. (Advanced Leadership)
*Additionally, students are required to read through the bible for each level of licensure.
Please remember that all fully ordained ministers are expected to submit documentation of continuing education through book reviews of their personal choice of study and/or submitting notes/handouts from classes taught at conferences, etc.
Students entering Level I are required to complete an application for the RPI Bible College, and submit the application with a $25 fee to RPI Headquarters. Upon approval, they may begin Level I coursework. Each level should be completed within a two-year period, and fees are $100 per year, payable quarterly. Additionally, all students who do not wish to seek licensure with RPI, but would like to complete ministry education through the RPI Bible College, will continue to pay $100 per year for each of the 4 levels. However, there are no additional fees for the RPI Bible College courses for those who receive licensure through RPI and whose annual dues are kept up to date. Need to make a payment Click Here