The Mission

To fulfill the great commission, the apostolic church must purposely design and implement strategic programs that will positively impact the community and build relationships for the glory of God.  One such program is the implementation of our Appreciation Sunday.

Our first coordinated effort was the launch of our nationwide First Responders Appreciation Day in 2016, which included the Police, Firefighters, and Emergency Management Technicians. This event was remarkably successful for our churches who participated in implementing this program. Honorees brought along with them family members, colleagues, friends and neighbors to share in their celebration on that iconic day.  In 2017 and 2018, we hosted Educators and Healthcare Providers Appreciation Day.  These events were phenomenal.

Can you imagine if every United Pentecostal Church (UPC) of North America would collaborate and honor a select group of individuals within the community to which the local church resides? This could potentially advance the growth of the local churches, the district and the organization at large; resulting in repeat visitors, new converts, and ultimately new members added to the church while building relationships and bridging the gap.

Honoring Entrepreneurs in 2019

The United Pentecostal Church of North America would like to build upon the success of 2016, 2017 and 2018.  In 2019, several entrepreneurs will be honored for demonstrating leadership ability to serve as role models and contributing to the standard of living and economic development within our communities.

Entrepreneurs will include innovators, business owners or startup founders of companies with five years or greater experience.

Despite the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, these men and women have played a pivotal role in creating jobs, increasing the standard of live, being an inspiration to others and such like within our communities.

Entrepreneurs will be nominated by their clients and other stakeholders to whom they have served and impacted their lives.

Let us take up the challenge by our General Superintendent Bishop David K. Benard who appeals to each church to participate in this strategic endeavor and show appreciation to entrepreneurs nationwide.

Listed below are past and proposed “Appreciation Sunday:”

Year Category of Honorees
2016 First Responders
2017 Educators
2018 Healthcare Providers
2019 Entrepreneurs
2020 Outstanding Students
2021 Military Professionals
2022 Transit Workers
2023 Postal Workers
2024 Sanitation Workers
2025 TBD

The primary focus of these events is to give churches a clear evangelistic strategy for the next six years. This proposal is based on a six-month plan to be launched around the first or second week in September of each year.

With fervency in prayer and careful implementation of the strategy, we can prevail. The possibilities are endless. The harvest is ripe. The time is now. Let us cease the moment.