Following is the extract from WIKIPEDIA

The Pentecostal Mission (TPM), formerly known as Ceylon Pentecostal Mission (CPM), is a pentecostal denomination which originated in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.

The international headquarters is now situated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the largest Pentecostal denominations. The mission was founded in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1923 by a Hindu convert, Ramankutty – later known as Pastor Paul. It now has churches (or Faith Homes) in many parts of Sri Lanka, as well as India, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean Islands and the Middle East. It has close to 20 million members.


According to historian, somarathna, “The Ceylon Pentecostal Mission owes its origin to the ministry of Walter Clifford.” The church was founded by Pastor Paul along with Pastor Alwin R. de Alwis. Pastor Paul was born to Hindu parents in the district of Trichur in Kerala, India. While in Sri Lanka, at the age of 18, he became a Christian. Later, he felt a strong call from the Lord for his life and began to preach and share the gospel in various parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. In the initial stages, he had worked with other evangelists. The CPM espoused an ascetic approach to spirituality. The church also instituted indigenous forms of worship.
Ministerial responsibilities

Some of the distinctives are that fulltime ministers were expected to practice an ascetic life-style including celibacy, obedience to the elder pastors, communal living (including disposal of private possessions) in faith homes.

TPM churches are run by full-time ministers who are celibate and predominantly single. Married couples who enter full-time ministry can become celibate, and may be sent to different locations by the TPM leadership if they so choose. These full-time ministers are required to forsake the world, its attractions, and even their own families.

At dawn, every minister must awake early to praise God and to pray for every member in the church. They are to fast and pray often. Their sermon preparation is through prayer and waiting on the Lord. Ministers do not receive regular payment, but live by faith.

Church leadership

TPM worldwide is led by a Chief Pastor, who is usually appointed for life. Leadership is passed down after death to the next in seniority. The current chief pastor, Pastor Wilson Joseph, succeeded the late T.U. Thomas (died on 6 November 2006).

In America most of the church work was pioneered by Don M Spiers who also worked with Oral Roberts ministries.

Doctrines and teachings

The doctrines of the church include: Trinity, New Birth, Water Baptism , Baptism of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in unknown tongues, Separation , Divine Healing, Entire Sanctification (of the Body, Soul and Spirit), Overcoming Life, Consecrated Ministry, Rapture, Tribulation and Great Tribulation, Resurrection, The Millennial Reign, The Great White Throne Judgement, and Eternity.

Basic doctrines

As per the church the doctrines are:

1. There is one God, eternally existent as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
2. The Bible is God’s only inspired, written, Word to mankind – trustworthy, authoritative, and infallible.
3. The work of redemption by Jesus Christ – His virgin birth, atoning death, burial, and resurrection – is complete and prefect. Salvation (new birth) must be preceded by sincere repentance toward God and faith in Christ as risen Savior and Lord.
4. Water Baptism by immersion is mandatory for all who have been cleansed by the blood of Christ, and provides a further work of grace in the believer’s life. It must be administered by a spirit filled minister in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
5. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, is the promise of the Father for all of His children. Only through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit can the believer live a life of true holiness and victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil.
6. Jesus Christ is coming back soon for a “glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle”. Only those who are thus prepared, those who ardently love His appearing, will be caught up to reign with Him as His Bride.
7. There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust – the one to eternal life, other to eternal damnation.

Further, CPM does not believe in wearing jewellery, makeup or pants for women, and encourage divine healing rather than depending on medicine, members who partake of medicine are often barred from helping in the functions of their member church. They discourage watching television or visiting the cinemas and listening to music that does not glorify God. They believe that their rules and regulations prevent the believer from being trapped in the world. They preach and teach separation from the world, to prepare themselves for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

International conventions

International conventions are held at Irumbuliyur in Chennai, India annually in March and April and at Kottarakara in Kerala, India in February, attracting over 50,000 worshippers. In November an International Youth Camp is held at Irumbuliyur in Chennai.

The main USA convention is held in Ashland, Ohio this year in July. The largest European convention is in London in the last week of August.

Service of song

Ever since the inception of TPM Service of Song (Service rendered to God by singing – I chr 6: 31) has been given a high priority.

* In the beginning, the songs were recorded in reel-to-reel audio tape recording and were distributed to the centre faithhomes alone for the sake of practicing the tunes.(Headquarters in an Administrative zone). But unfortunately many of these reels are not available for us to relish them.
* Recording of the songs on cassettes came into vogue in the 1970s; many of these are still available.
* Digital recording was introduced in 1998 (on cassettes only). In 1999 CD recording was introduced on a limited scale with mass production starting in 2000.
* Live recording of parts of International Convention was introduced in 2003 and complete recordings from 2005.
* The recordings never carry the names of the singers nor any speeches or prayers by them. The works, though copyrighted legally, can be used by anyone for the furtherance of the Word of God.

Songs were originally composed in five languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English. Recently songs are also released in other languages such as Kannada, Punjabi, Tulu, Bengali, Marathi etc.

All songs are recorded in the Mission’s recording theatre at Adyar and are a great attraction at the Annual International Conventions.
Sunday school ministry

“Train up a child in the way he should go” resounds the theme of the Sunday School Ministry aimed at bringing up children spiritually. Classes are held from Little Kingdom (a class for pre-schoolers) until the Year 11 class. A Senior Sunday Class is also conducted where the students can study for three years after completion of Year 11.

Each class has its own syllabus containing twenty lessons – ten from the Old Testament and ten from the New Testament (in most of the standards). Each lesson is accompanied by a moral and memory verse (except in some higher grades). The syllabus covers the entire Bible and the children become proficient in the Scriptures once they are through the Sunday school.

The Sunday School organization is unique in many ways. Notable among them are

* The Teachers are selected not on the basis of their merit in terms of theological degrees, education or riches but based on their exemplary spiritual life.
* The Teachers are not paid salary for the services rendered by them but rather, they are willing to spend and be spent in the ministry.
* Though Children are imparted Scriptural Knowledge, utmost importance is given to moulding the character of the children and to make the children live the Word of God they study.

Examinations are held matching the standards of Government examinations right from the distribution of question papers, sending invigilators, timing, valuation etc. In addition to the exams, various competitions like Memory verse reciting, quick Bible reading, Singing etc. are conducted for the encouragement of the children and the performers are rewarded well.

Sunday Schools in the branches reach out to the children in the nearby areas, often providing them some form of assistance both spiritually and materially. Many families have been brought to the faith of the TPM by the Sunday School Ministry.

Magazine ministry

Magazines in several languages are printed and distributed to subscribers. The English magazine published from India is called Voice of Pentecost. Pilgrim’s Journal is published and printed in USA. Other English language magazines are: “Pentecostal Messenger” from Malaysia, “The Youth Herald” from Singapore, “Power Divine” from Sri Lanka, “Trumpet of the Lord” from U.K.

Malayalam magazine PENTECOST is one of oldest Pentecostal magazines from Kerala. Hindi edition PENTECOST KI WANI published from New Delhi is also other landmark in the history of Church to spread the Gospel to northern part of India.

New Testament Christian Academy

In 2002 the church opened its New Testament Christian Academy in Sierra Leone. The children from the Congo Cross and Wilberforce assemblies of this church attend the school.

Tract ministry

Tracts of different kinds and various life issues (topics such as peace, salvation; questions about life and healings) are also published in different languages.

Many books are published by the church.

73 Commments

  1. dear paster,

    pls pray for my sister t.jytothi for deliverance form devil spirit , she is suffering for last four year will plz kindly pray

  2. Dear Pastor,
    i was born pentecostal. i really like to serve the Lord, but i did so many sins, i need a deliverance as soon as possible, i want to see the kingdom Lord Jesus

  3. Dear paster,

    today i attented your TPM,meeting in kuwait,it was bleesed in my life,

    i have 3 prayer requst

    1. my wife got a job in jodhpur AIIMS hospital but,last 20 days she is wating there join,pls pray for her joing
    2.i am working in kuwait wife in rajastan&childrens in kerala,pls pray for to join together to worship in one place
    3,i have heavy pain in my both legs&i canot walk&head ache i canot open my eyes

    pls pray for this subject ,

  4. Dear paster, Please pray for us, because we are going throught a hard time this week. Our neighbour is continualy gives problems to us without a specific reason. This all started to happen after my father had passed away. So, please pray for us. Also i would like to mention that today my exam was succesfuly over. Because of all your prayer, God has answered me. Please remember us in your prayer. Thank you

    1. We will pray
      Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

  5. Dear Paster, I want to make a special prayer request regarding to my higher studies. I’m in the final year of my degree. Next week i’m having the exams. I’m not very skilled person, but god give me grace to continue my studies. I kindly request you to pray for my education and to get a job. Also pray for my family. Thank you.

    1. We will pray
      God will give you the Grace

      Isa 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
      Isa 40:30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
      Isa 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  6. Pastor,
    I have lost a dear friend because of my ruthless behavior. I wanted to bring him to Christ but I ended up losing him as a friend.I feel terrible about this as he has not responded to any of my attempts to contact him. This breaks my heart everyday. Please empathize with me and pray that this friend contacts me again and meets Christ ..thanks! God bless you for your prayers!


  7. prayer request,

    i am a christian and ,belong to ur church only.. i did all sin without controlling myself.really i want to live a holy life.but satan is alwaya distracting my mind.i am requesting u pls pray for me to live a holy life and pleasant life.GOD should forgive my sin and should heal me.praise the LORD

  8. Abba father I come unto your thrown in Jesus name.Lord I confess that I am a sinner,PL forgive my all sins in Jesus name.Wash me with the blood of Jesus.Gracious father you made Eve for Adam,Marraige is your desire.Lord I pray in Jesus name that pl give me a wife,Father give me blessing of my marraige.For men it is imposible but Lord for you it is possible.I have faith.Lovingly father I pray this thing in Jesus mighty name,Amen.

  9. Dear pastor

    thank you for the site to submit prayer request. since last xxxx my wife -xxxxx, xxyrs, having two children have been possessed by spirit of pride and began to behave with me and children like dictator in the family and causing lot of damage in the family. one TPM gifted brother said she has been attacked by witch spirits done by some wicked persons. now she demands divorce without any reason. prayers have been offered on behalf her every where but no result & comfort. i am in fear and great confusion and my children have been terrified by this. my health condition has also collapsed. please i humbly request you all to pray and give me comfort in the lord. May the lord do a miracle right now. thanks

    husband, cell- 094xx xxx xxx

    1. Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

      God will be with you and your family. Fast and Pray, everything will be done in accordance to his will


  10. Praise the lord.
    Dear paster,
    I want to make a special prayer request to my aunt who lives in UK.A few months ago she had apply to her viza, but still there is no any reply from them.So,please pray for her to have a good news from them.Also I want to make another prayer for me and my family. My father had passed away one and a half years ago.Myself and my sister still engage with our education. There is my mother and my mothers elder sister in my family. Without any income God has provide our all wants and needs, with his grace and mighty power.Also this year i’m going to apply for a job, so i want your prayer . Also i kindly request you to pray for our education, and our family .Thank you.
    God bless you.

      1. There are many branches of the Universal Pentecostal Church in London. Please mention your locality to get the address of the church nearest to your place.


    1. Isa 54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

    Dear brother,

    please pray for me

    mein bohat musibat se gujar rahi hu meri shadi hoke 20 din ho gaye but wo ladka vidharmi tha, thoda dimag se pagal hai mentali distube hai,
    mujhe unse alag hona hai to pls meri sare sant loga ko se request hai ki mujhe bachalo mein bible bhi read nhi kar sakti wo insaan kisi bhi parmeshwar manta hni hai, pls pray for me

    1. Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

  13. Hi friend,
    i am a christian and took baptism too,belong to ur church oly.. i am struggling a lot to not to do sin,but i cant move further a single bit.. i did all sin without controlling myself.really i want to live a holy life. i want to recover and do a will of god….
    i am requesting u pls pls pls pray for me to live a holy life and pleasant life before my lord jesus…

    because of many sins which i did,i have been affected by particular disease which cant be tell by words.. really i forgot my jesus and the holy saints of god.

    so pls pls pray for me.. so that my family and myself,backsliding youths should come to god again and live a holy life.

    with full of sadness,

    1. Dear brother kumar, You are a lucky person for Almighty Jesus has cleansed away your sins.i was also a sinner and was caught up deadly dangerous sickness. But my Lord Jesus has cured my sickness like you ! So let us praise and give our thanks to our God. i am praying for you and will be praying on such occasions the Holy Spirit make me remember to do so. Praise the Lord! In the mean time I would like to know about your church and you go for the congregation. May our Almighty Jesus bless you and your family and prepare you qualified to receive our Lord Jesus at His second coming !!! Praise the Lord!! Your loving brother gopidas.

  14. I have a very important project that I need to work on, but I’m struggling to know the procedure, and understand everything. Please pray that God will help me with this project. Pray that God will give me wisdom, understanding and guidance. Pray for the strength and perseverance to get it accomplished, and pray that God will help me to do it successfully. This is very important; pray that if I’m being spiritually attacked, with this project pray that God will get rid of all attacks, and give me success. Pray that God will provide me with the help I need. Pray that everywhere I send this prayer request, God will draw powerful prayer warriors to pray powerfully for it. Thanks.

    1. Blessings
      Jos 6:2 “And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.”
      God Bless

  15. prayer request :
    protection,prosperity,healing,wisdom,freedom,success and miracles in finances,success and miracles in business,success and miracles in pastor Thieringo’s life in Jesus name .

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