Pentecost commissions 129 new ministers; charged to work as foot soldiers

A total of 129 new ministers of The Church of Pentecost have been commissioned as Probational Overseers at the Church’s magnificent Convention Centre at Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa.

The new ministers was commissioned by the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi.

Apostle Ekow Badu-Wood, Area Head for Kwadaso, who represented Chairman of The Church of Pentecost Apostle Dr. Opoku Nyinah, charged the spirit-filled men of God to work as foot soldiers:  doing the hard work that the ministry requires.

Delivering his sermon under the theme, ‘The Minister and the Ministry’, Colossians 4:17, Apostle Badu-Wood listed some key principles for a successful ministry.

He admonished the new ministers that the foundation of their ministry is character and must therefore eschew any act of greed and arrogance.

‘Your charisma can take you there but it takes character – which produces what you do – to keep you there,’ he pointed out.

He also reminded them that the nature of their ministry should centre on service, urging them to serve the people under their care rather than lording over them.

Apostle Badu-Wood also advised the men of God to avoid diluting the culture of their call, meaning, they should always be guided by the fact that the purpose of their ministry is to promote God and not themselves.

The mood and beaming countenance of the newly commissioned young men of God ahowed they were fired up for the work of the one who called them into the ministry.

After a year of theological studies seasoned with intermittently field practicals, the Probational Overseers would undergo a year probation on the field where each would be assigned to a specific District – a division of the Church’s administrative system – before being promoted to an Overseer position based on performance measured by many factors including spiritual and social.

Previously, one has to spend just a year at the Pentecost Theological Seminary to be made an Overseer, but Apostle Ekow Badu Wood explained the major shift was guided by 1 Timothy 5:22, which admonishes leaders not to rush in laying their hands on anybody.

After serving in their capacity as Overseers for two years, as deserving of God, they would now be formally ordained as Pastors of the Church of Pentecost.

Principal of the Pentecost Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Anim said the objective of the Seminary is not rooted in acquiring knowledge and certificate, but how students can responsibly apply the knowledge acquired based on biblical principles.

The Seminary intends to start a nursery and crèche in the next academic year for children of the ministers, Rev. Dr. Anim announced.

The 2013/2014 ministerial students acquired some items for the Theological Seminary to the tune of GHC19,107.

Present at the function were Apostle Eric Nyamekye, an Executive Council member, Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, relatives and relations of the new Ministers.

Out of the 129 ministers, 109 were  from the various areas of the Church in Ghana and 20 from fourteen nations outside Ghana namely: China(1), Italy(1), Switzerland(1), United Kingdom(2), Nigeria(2), Liberia(4), Cameroon(1), Togo(1), Guinea Bissau(1), The Gambia(1), Malawi(2), Zimbabwe(1), Burundi(1) and Ethiopia (1) Story by Ghana | | Isaac Essel | [email protected]

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