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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.


152 Responses

  1. I am searching for a book I read few years ago. This book is related with the third world war and coming of Jesus Christ the second coming

  2. I have been following you and I see you are bibilicaly sound doctrine And with that am Convinced to partner with you. Am from Africa in Kenya living in turkana county. Married to one wife with seven children some are grown up.

  3. K.kiran kumar , independent Christ church sir pray for ,night 🙏 catch then ,**takes my families all daily ,warriors very daily
    Worship for families from,gaints ,very gaints very very gaints daily in families near families daily
    Very Dracula very gaints very satan very very powerful Dracula devil’s evils to spoil
    My families life ,good catches ,1950 to tilltoday ,overdare court evils devil’s satan Dracula daily

  4. Praise the lord.. i have read two books published by tpm and i m really blessed by reading. And now i want to read more books published by tpm. So kindly guide me how to get more books through online… Thank you

  5. Praise the Lord, Brother my name is Umesh and I am Hindu born but got baptism in 2010 and got a new life as Stephen, I Love Jesus and his Teaching a lot and would like to dedicate my life to Jesus Christ and Spread his Teachings and Promises and Do Service to Others, Please give me an Opportunity to do so.

    Looking forward to Hear from you.

  6. Is the water baptism a false doctrine ?
    1 Corinthians 1:14
    Acts 13:43
    Hebrews 10:28-29
    Ephesians 2:8-10
    Ephesians 1:13
    Acts 1:5
    Acts 2:38
    Acts 2:41
    Hebrew 9:22
    Revelation 7:14
    Romans 6:3-5
    John 4:14
    Mark 16:15-16
    Matthew 3:11
    Matthew 28:19
    Luke 24:47-49

    1. Please read the following scriptures brother.

      Acts 2:38
      1 Peter 3:21
      Mark 16:16
      Galations 3:27
      Ephesians 4:4-6

  7. Please pray for my son Eric Skariah Alexander To get a Job, Last 2.5 years he is searching for a job,

    I hope that all the church will pray for him to get a job

  8. Heavenly Father, we Thank you that you for All the Blessings that you have given us. Help us to honor you in every part of our lives. We place this request at your throne. Please hear and reply according to your perfect will and timings. Grant us the peace to know that you are in control.

    I need a Job with a Good Company with Good Salary, A own House, A own Car and A Peaceful Life.

    Please Father Bless me to Control my Anger and Please fill in me with full of Patience.

    Blessings to my Father, My Mother, My Wife, My Son, My Brother, My Brother’s Wife and their Daughter with Good Health, Divine Love, Divine Power, Divine Joy, Spirituality, Prosprity, Divine Protection, Divine Guidance , Divine Help and everything that is needed for us as per what you have decided for us and best for us.

    In Jesus Name. Amen.

  9. Dear brothers in Christ,

    Is it possible to distribute the Morning Manna everyday – by email or on a website, so this could be read and shared with others who are blessed by the devotions?

    Thank you
    God bless

  10. Praise The Lord!
    I live in coventry,UK and I look for a fellowshipp near me.
    Please help me with the near by address to to locate to join the prayer.
    Please help me at the earliest.

    1. Praise the Lord Bro Josil,

      Could you kindly call our head quarters in Brixton (Universal Pentecostal Church) on 02077 38 5566 or other branch faith homes on following numbers to find the nearest :-
      North London (Harrow) – 020 8904 2515
      Southall – 020 8574 3417
      Ilford – 020 8551 9799


    2. hi brother.

      that would be Universal Pentecostal Church – Leicester faith home.
      the sunday devotional meeting is at 11am
      the address is as followed:

      6 Evington St, Leicester LE2 0SA

    1. But serving God outside of TPM
      A man of God who has lot of love to spread the good news of Christ has made a right decision in the right point to serve God outside of TPM.
      May God bless his mission.

    1. Hi Brother,

      I have given faith home contact numbers. However, I am going to give you our head quarters address in London.
      1) Universal Pentecostal Church
      20, Acre lane.
      Brixton SW2 5SG
      Ph : 020 7738 5566

      I think Harrow branch is closer to him.

      Universal Pentecostal Church
      326, Preston road
      Harrow HA3 0QH
      Ph : 020 8904 2515

      Hope you find it useful. Ask your son to type Universal Pentecostal Church on Google and search for nearest faithome.

    1. Hey, Irish believer here. Quite frankly this whole fiasco has sent our church into a tailspin. Nobody here has made any phone calls with the man. All we are getting are texts and rumors. This was such a peaceful church. Its like they dropped a nuclear bomb on it.

      1. What happened brother? Did the pastor leave wihtout notice? As in he just ran away? So ominous.

    1. Hi Brother,

      Could you kindly call Grace New Covenant Pentecostal Church (TPM in Australia) on 0061- 2 9604 4604. They will be able to help you and give you contact numbers of faith homes in New Zealand.

  11. I am sorry I only came back to this site today. I am grateful to the LORD for your prayers for me.

    I am still looking and trusting the LORD for healing for the partial vision in one eye and the very high blood pressure.

    I have been fasting and praying for seven days now. I have been confessing my sins and praying for a pure heart.

    Please continue praying for healing for me and a sanctified life for the glory of God.

    With deep gratitude in the love of Christ.

    P.S. Please let me where I may find the location of TPM churches in the US. Thank you.

    1. Hi Brother Samuel,

      Contact our head quarters in USA and they will be able to guide you the nearest faith home.

      507, Orange street
      Newark NJ 07107
      Ph : 973-485-1181


  12. I have Lord’s call from the age of 17, i took baptism without informing parents and loved lord like anything, did ministry, i was from a Hindu family, from childhood i had a big call inside my heart to be like sadhu Sundar Singh, i mean to serve Lord without getting into worldly pleasures, but i suppressed it and watched movies and just got married, but now marriage failed… Now to serve Lord leaving everything magnifies in my soul… I want to join TPM.. i am in chennai. Please advice me

    1. Contact the nearest TPM church or just go straight to them in person and tell them your story and see where things go from there.

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