Posted: Monday 5th May 2014 at 11:42 am

‘Partner churches in management of mission schools’

The Diocesan Bishop of the Accra Methodist Church, Ghana, Rt Rev. Titus K. Awotwi Pratt, has added his voice to calls on the government to partner  churches in the management of mission schools in the country.

According to him, the churches need to be given the opportunity to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to formulate policies, prepare curricular and manage the day-to-day affairs of their schools.

 
Rt Rev. Pratt, who was speaking at the 53rd annual synod of the church in Accra, said the inability of the government to collaborate with the churches in the running of their basic and senior high schools was worrying.

The four-day programme brought together 27 circuits in Accra to discuss issues pertaining to the growth and expansion of the church in the diocese and beyond. It was also used to deliberate on how members of the church could win souls for Christ.

  Raising morally sound individuals
Rt Rev. Pratt argued that training individuals on sound moral values started from the basic level, and added that the missionary schools had key roles to play in that respect.

He indicated that missionary schools usually developed the moral, physical and the spiritual well-being of an individual, citing most missionary schools that had contributed immensely to the growth and development of many leaders.

  The church’s commitment
The Diocesan Minister stated that the Methodist Church worldwide was aimed at making the lives of people better, not only for its members but in areas where the church operated.

“It is not only the gospel that is preached, rather we are compelled by the gospel to intervene in other areas which require improvement of life and living conditions, formal education and health delivery,” he said.

He charged the members to make teaching of the gospel about Jesus Christ a priority, adding that it was their mandate as Christians.

  Theme of synod
Speaking on the theme, “Teaching for Effective Christian Formation,” Rt Rev. Pratt said the Methodist Church always sought the interest of the kingdom against selfish desires, adding, “Our concern should be for the growth of the church and not to seek for undeserved positions and make irrelevant demands”.

He also tasked leadership of churches to equip, empower and encourage their members to be effective instrument of change and also called on Christians in various leadership positions to endeavour to make a difference and make a positive impact on society.

In another development, the Bishop of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Rt Rev. Prof. Osei Safo Kantanka, has called for an affirmative action in favour of technical education, to give scholarships to students with interest in that field, writes Daniel Kenu, Kumasi.

He said Ghana would be the loser, if the country looked down on technical education because it could stall future development.

He made the call when he opened the 53rd synod of the church at the Bethel Methodist Church at Kwadaso in Kumasi on the theme, ‘Exercising the spiritual gift in the liturgical church.’

At least 400 members from 35 circuits are attending the five-day synod.

Bishop Safo Kantanka, who touched on various topics, expressed regret that political parties were more concerned with winning and retaining power than development, adding that the situation constantly put the country in high election mood which affected development.

He said journalists were fuelling and encouraging the new trend, stressing that some media personnel who conducted interviews “show that they are not knowledgeable about the topics they are discussing. Yet they will not bring in experts who can expose the untruths of the said politicians. For every issue that is raised, the pendulum is always tilted towards NDC-NPP affair”.

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