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.

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102 Responses

  1. Praise the Lord
    I want to go for full time ministry in TPM church .
    Please guide me .
    Also I need church adress in Toronto .
    Praise the Lord

    1. Praise the Lord..hpe u all fine in the Lord…did u get Toronto address?right now in Canada..?God bless!!

  2. This new testament church is really full of god’s word and pastors,brothers,sisters are very well dedicated to god’s word . I am very much grate ful to be a believer in this TPM. I thank lord so much for making me a believer in this obedient church of God.

  3. Dear Brother Ruben Daniel
    CPM Nugegoda Branch

    He Is the Lord of hosts
    Praise the Lord

    Y’day I was at NCPC Sunday service at Canley Heights,Sydney , the address given to me by you prior to my departure.
    Thanks a lot indeed & thank GOD for the full service.
    Spiritual feeding was there of course & thanks again.
    Praise GOD for giving me/our brethren another new month.
    Pls give my kind regards to our Chief Sister at Nugeguda branch who prayed for my soul/my examination etc.
    Thanking GOD for Ps. Abey’s soul becoz he ended his run in Jesus Christ victoriously. I met him 4-6 times during Nugegoda branch Sunday services prior to his rest in GOD’s arms. A true God’ s servant to reckon with.
    Thank God/Thank you.
    = LAL

  4. Dear Pastor,

    I have a doubt on donating blood. My mother used to tell me we should not donate the blood. Is it a restrict thing. In case of emergency if we do so, is it a punishable thing in Gods eye.

    Thank you

    1. Yes, because you are limited to the white throne judgement. Blood is used to purify the bone and has a memory of your experience with God, and cries out to God, that caused him to remember Cain brother Able, that called out to him after he was murdered. In your blood is the power of our annoiting, if you were called to the apostolic ministry as an evangelist, apostle, shows different order of respect, and by giving your blood you arm both looking your testimony because someone can make you barren through its usage and also your faith, if someone receives life from it, you are becoming a god, to them, and you may forfeit the splendour of Solomon, the health aptitudes in a young David when conquering a lion and look like a mentally challenged that took on the job of a king, you might receive defeats in your personal study goals after shared consensus and also will be required to live in shortage of appraisal, because, you might have transmitted your firstborn to your heir and become a beggar in the lap of Abraham, like Lazarus, or a leper if your bone strength is stronger, or loose class knowledge and loose your gift as a teacher or a prophet if you share your blood with the demon possessed and be defamed

  5. Praise the LORD. this is xxxxxx.i live in san francisco,USA last few months only . i came from chennai,india.i want to know our pentecostal church address. please send me . actually i have one address but there is no church.

    1. Address for the church is

      1511 Rollins Road
      Burlingame CA 94010
      (650) 270-7974

      Service in covid times is 12 pm outdoors

  6. Dear Pastor,
    This prayer requesting regards to my brother who is the reason for my mothers debts and stress in the family. I have one younger sister too. I’m not a TPM believer, but belongs to another church. My father passes away many years back when we are so young. From their onwards my mother brought us through so many sufferings. Myself and sister still going to school. But my brother has finished education, but refusing to do a job and help my mother. He roam everywhere with his spoiled friends and all he want is staying home without do anything. Because of this my mother is so suffering mentally and physically and became a debtor. I’m tearfully asking please pray that God needs to undertake my family and needs, and my mothers sressfull situation, god needs to strengthen her. Specially to my brother who is roaming with his spoiled friends, that the god will help him to understand the family situation.please pray.
    Thank you,
    God Bless You.

  7. Pastor please please pray upon me I am not very good at school I pray to God Jesus I really need his wisdom like he gave Solomn I promised GOD that I will develop the good qualities in me and also be more closer to him please pray for me I really need good grades because I don’t want to make my parents sad please I just want to make them them happy at least from that I love Jehovah very very much and also my church I always say James 5:1 now it helps me a lot and I think I am working hard but please pray I need GOD ‘S GRACE i know that exams is a wordly thing but it’s not something bad isn’t also its a responsibilty to a child to learn well! I am not sure wheather I am right? Thank you very much pastor for reading this MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

  8. Dear Paster,

    I’m 25 years old and a seems to be a failure. I’m seeking for a new job but i haven’t got any. Its been more than six months now that im not employing. At the same time my mother is seeking a partner for me. I felt like i losing all hopes with this status. So i kindly requesting you to pray for me.

    Thank you.

  9. Please pray for my parents they presently need 10 lakhs of rupees to be paid to the banks which they have taken loan from,please please they don’t know anything about Jesus they are money minded

  10. Dear Pastor,

    I am from India,but living in Brazil since 2010 and I am tpm beliver and my wife is also from Brazil. Please pray for us to God open a door for TPM church in Brazil. I really miss it…


  11. Dear All iam going to tell a important thing that will

    revolutionise the entire world and the christian community

    and today we have a mobile application called whatsapp. we

    can create a group in whatsapp and can include 100s and

    100s of believers in the group. such that we can share

    spiritual testimonies, spiritual messages,message videos,

    and Prayer request for all the believers who are in the

    group.All the uploadings and messages are free in whatsapp

    and what we need is the mobile phone which supports

    whatsapp and internet in mobile.Just by posting a single

    prayer request in whatsapp group and if suppose there are

    1000s of believers are there in group and they can pray for

    you immediately without delay and even we can include

    pastors mobile number in whatsapp group if pastors permits

    us to do.Even sharing spiritual testimonies of believers it

    will reach all the believers immediately without delay and

    see what a great spiritual blessings Suppose in church

    maximum on sundays only 10 or 5 members can share

    testimonies and even that will not be visible to other

    branches and in this case 100s and 100s of believers can

    hear the testmonies of others with out delay. By doing this

    the information will be reaching the other parts of our

    country and the world and there will be more whatsapp TPM

    Groups and thereby entire world will receive the massive

    blessings in no time.Think for one prayer request one lakh

    believers are praying immediately and that will shake the

    throne of god and blessings may come immediately Even if we

    want to include non TPM believers we can also include the

    believers and through our spiritual messages we can attract

    them in our denomination.Jesus told go unto all parts of

    the world and make everybody a disiciples.we are planning

    to start soon and i request TPM Branches to start this

    group and include maximum believers and may be upto 1000

    believers in one group and we can also include foreign

    believers and such that entire world is blessed

  12. Nice site for TPM, but is not updated till date, also please continue to post the magazines, voice of Pentecost and others, such good site but it is sad to know that, they discontiue, all the works, updates started over a period of time. Please update to visit this page often.

  13. please pray for me and for my family members and also my church members for forgiveness of the past present future sins
    please pray for me and for my family members of the soul salvation
    and also for my church members too
    please pray for us
    thank you in the name of the Jesus Christ

  14. Praise the Lord.

    Dear Brother,

    Please send me the MP3 of the song Kantha varavu kaathu kaathu njangal..


    Mary Reji

  15. Praise The Lord pastor. Please pray for my father. He is having high blood pressure and dizziness. Many people are saying this and that. It make us very worried and scared. I believe that Jesus only can heal my father. Once again I request to pray for my father.

  16. please pray that i will be greatest sports player and physically fit and mentally fit and spiritually fit at all times. please pray that i will be able to perform beautifully all things that god gives me an opportunities to do in life in Jesus name amen

    please pray that i will be greatest and valuable all-rounder player in cricket.

    1. dear arun,
      the desires of the flesh is against the Spirit(gal 5:17).
      blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the meek(the Sermon on the Mount)
      seek you first the Kingdom of God…
      take up your cross and follow Jesus(the cross is heavy by the way)
      that i may know HIM the fellowship of his suffering and the power of HIS resurrection
      and finally let His will be done and not your desire.

      your craving to be the greatest and “valuable allrounder cricketer” is childish and away from God.
      we will pray for you but not that you be the greatest sport player, but that you be a mature soldier of Christ.

  17. I received baptism more than four years ago when I was abroad.Now I am back home. My my husband(Sanil) is catholic and does not allow me to go church.I feel depressed about this.Pray for me. Please pray for him to get saved.Pray for my children to grow up like Samuel.

  18. Dear,
    I ask prayers for wedding Jorge Evandro Plínio de Souza and Núbia Pereira da Silva. I ask intersection of prayers for spiritual life, financial, labor and legal, of both, and also: Carloline Macedo de Souza, Andrea Plínio de Souza Santos and family, Raquel Macedo de Oliveira, Church Nova Vida of Central do Brasil and sues members and officers, Mrs Fáima Silva and Mrs Lúcia Diniz. We live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I would intersection of prayers to the principality of darkness or unclean spirit “stingy” and his legion attacking us spiritually. That the Lord severely rebuke and prevent them from us, steal and kill and destroy. (Jd 1: 9, Jo 10:10).
    Thank you so much.

    1. Dear Pastor/Sister in Christ,

      Greetings in the name of Jesus.

      I am very worried and I am unable to disclose my problem. Jesus knows what my problem is.

      Please pray for me earnest.

      Thank you

      SYlvia SUndersingh

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