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The UPCI adheres to a "oneness" concept of the Godhead, in contrast to Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant belief in the Trinity.Hence, an understanding of Oneness doctrine over against Trinitarian doctrine is critical in any analysis of UPCI beliefs.It has multicultural, multiracial churches in large cities around the world. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, however, the UPCI became more intentional about the inclusion of every race and culture in North America. As of 2013 these ministries have made significant progress and are led by representatives of the various ethnicities.Spanish Evangelism Ministry reported over 700 Spanish-speaking ministers and about 350 Spanish-language congregations.Southern Jim Crow laws and racial hatred resulted in many white leaders withdrawing from the PAW rather than remaining under African-American leadership.
The international fellowship consists of national organizations that are united as the Global Council of the UPCI, which is chaired by the general superintendent of the UPCI. The UPCI emerged from the Pentecostal Movement, which traces its origins to the teachings of Charles Parham in Topeka, Kansas, and the Azusa Street Revival led by William J. The UPCI traces its organizational roots to 1916, when a large group of Pentecostal ministers began to unite around the teaching of the oneness of God and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Board of General Presbyters (General Board), which is the governing body under the General Conference, has African-American or black, Hispanic, and Asian members.
The work of the organization is conducted by eight general divisions (major ministries), and each of them has minority representation on its general committee or board.
For several divisions such as Youth, Sunday School, and North American Missions, the participation is twenty percent or more.
Significantly, these leaders were not chosen on the basis of ethnicity, but they have risen through the ranks and have been elected by their peers based on involvement, qualifications, and abilities.