Christian Service Training Institute
Statement of Purpose:
1) To provide training in Christian service to members of churches who are unable to attend a Bible College.
2) To assist Pastors in the training and development of workers in their churches.
3) To enable those working in local churches to be more effective in their service by training them while they continue to be active in their local church.
4) To provide at affordable cost, a systematic and comprehensive coverage of the Bible spanning a four-year period, encompassing 396 classroom hours.
Definition: Christian Service Training Institute is a combined educational effort of the SoCal District of the United Pentecostal Church International. Its staff and faculty consist of ministers of the UPCI who possess pastoral, evangelistic, missionary, and educational experience.
Doctrine: Christian Service Training Institute abides by and fully endorses the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International.
Preamble and History: Realizing a need for a comprehensive training program for members and workers in the local churches who are not able to go to Bible College, in 1973, the ministers of Section One of the then Western District of the United Pentecostal Church International instituted a coordinated effort called Christian Service Training Institute. This was only made possible by close cooperation and unified effort which now characterizes the ministers of the SoCal District.
Results were not slow in coming. Through the years the quality of training has proven itself, with graduates in nearly every phase of the ministry, including pastors, assistant pastors, evangelists, missionaries, school administrators, and both Bible school and parochial school instructors. Since training workers in the local church is our primary goal, it is gratifying that literally hundreds of those presently serving in our churches are products of CSTI, fulfilling offices from Sunday School teachers to music directors, youth ministers, etc.
While the teaching of the Word of God is always uppermost, emphasis has consistently been placed upon training in the practical aspects of service. Thus a well-balanced and effective worker has resulted from this training program. Graduates are sound in the faith, established in doctrine and Scriptural principles, and at the same time, they are trained to use the knowledge thus gained in active places of Christian service. CSTI is dedicated to providing the opportunity for all who desire to be trained for effective service in the Harvest.