The successful implementation of every policy, to a large extent, is dependent on the understanding and commitment of all stakeholders involved.
It is against this background that the leadership of The Church of Pentecost, as part of strategies towards the achievement of the 5-year strategic vision of the church dubbed “Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations,” is engaging with all the stakeholders to achieve the stated objective associated with the vision.
The 7th edition of the annual Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa, therefore, provided an opportunity for ministers of the church to be informed about the progress of the implementation of the various interventions, as outlined in the vision document.
Elder Dr. Yao Yeboah (National Coordinator for the Pentecost Workers’ Guild (PEWG) began the session with a presentation on the PEWG. He explained that the PEWG exists to operate as a transformational organ to unite all professionals of the church to become “Salt and Light” in the world in order to possess nations for Christ.
He indicated that the guilds have been created to raise role models to mentor the young ones at the workplaces to become responsible and Christ-like adults while serving as a synergy to create jobs, grow businesses and share professional ideas as well as provide career guidance for career progression. He stated that membership of the guilds was opened to all professionals as well as non-professional in the church. He said the PEWG was committed to soul winning through the transformed characters of the guild members and community outreaches like free medical screening and legal aid. He encouraged Area Heads to stimulate ministers to support guilds in their respective jurisdictions.
Taking his turn, Apostle Lt. Col. B. G. Kumi-Wood, on behalf of the Chaplaincy Board, said the board has been tasked to provide the framework for the operations of a robust chaplaincy system in the church.
He said various strategies are being deployed to unleash members as chaplains into institutions, organisations, business entities that serve the society, including hospitals, prisons and correctional facilities, schools and educational facilities, emergency services, orphanages and aged homes, chieftaincy, etc.
The Chaplaincy Ministry, according to him, shall operate with the broad goal of providing God-guided perspective and support to the people driving operations as well as influencing decision processes at the various institutions.
Making a presentation on behalf of the Pentecost University College (PUC), Apostle Dr. Daniel Walker, the Rector of PUC and Executive Council Member of the church, said the university has been identified by the leadership of the church as a unique mission field to train students with the fear of God to possess the nations. He informed the participants that the Charter Application to become a full fledge university was at an advanced stage.
He was hopeful that the PUC will receive the Presidential Charter before the end of 2020. He was grateful to the church for the financial support to the university and to the Areas for sponsoring some students into the university. This, according to him, has boosted the university’s enrollment, which, hitherto had dropped significantly.
Apostle Dr. Walker also enumerated a number of awards received by the PUC for 2019. The Rector was adjudged the Most Outstanding CEO among private universities in Ghana whilst PUC was awarded the Best Private University in Ghana, among other awards.
There were presentations from the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS) Directorate by the Director, Elder Richard Amaning, the Counseling Board headed by Probationary Overseer Professor Joseph Osafo Adu and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Church of Pentecost Chairman Education Foundation (COPCEF), Apostle Prof. Peter Ohene Kyei (Rtd.).
Presentations on Home and Urban Missions (HUM), Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) and PENSA International were made to enable participants have full grasp of what the interventions were all about for easy implementation at their respective stations.
A 2-member delegation from the Ghana Statistical Services also graced the conference on Thursday to interact with participants on the impending 2020 Population and Housing Census. They made a passionate appeal to the ministers to encourage the church members to make themselves available to census officials and cooperate with them for a smooth and effective exercise.
They also informed members to be vigilant and not to divulge any information relating to Bank Account, SSNIT and Visa Card Personal Identification Pin (PIN) to officials who request them. They advised that such officials should be reported to the security agencies for them to be apprehended.