Date: January 11, 2017
Wives of ministers in The Church of Pentecost have been admonished to be examples of Christ in the church in order to completely impact their societies and the world at large.
The Wife of the National Head of The Church of Pentecost in Canada, Mrs. Patience Owusu, gave this admonition while addressing about 5,000 participants of the first-ever Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost being held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh in Ghana on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
The presentation focused on, “The Minister’s Wife as an Example of Christ-Like Woman” with referencing from 1 Corinthians 4:16-17, Genesis 2:18 and Proverbs 31:10-31.
Mrs. Owusu noted that God created the first woman (Eve) in a very unique way for a unique purpose of being a helper to the man.
She disclosed that the minister’s wife, as an example of Christ-like woman, must be prepared to use her God given ability to help her husband to be complete in all endeavours of life.
“A Christ-like woman reflects the Spirit of Jesus Christ; her character is influenced and fashioned by the word of God- whether married or single; she places God above everything and everyone in her life,” she stated.
Mrs. Owusu mentioned some of the challenges that the minister’s wife faces in ministry as balancing work and the family or home, dealing with conflicts, health concerns, fashion or materialism, technology, worrying about the future, complaining and comparing.
“However, with self-discipline, reliance on the Holy Spirit and adopting a constant prayer life, we can triumph over these challenges,” she assured.
She explained that although Christian women are not perfect beings because of the human nature in them, they should endeavour to be of their best and resemble Jesus in deeds and words by allowing the Holy Spirit to control their life.
“We must have the mind of Christ and reflect His image through submission to God and to His word,” she added.
According to her, special qualities like anointing, ministry excellence, Christ-mindedness, the spirit of serving, forgiveness, purity and submissiveness must be evident in the life of every minister’s wife.
Mrs. Owusu acknowledged the fact that balancing ministry with family life and even career in some instances is not an easy assignment. She however said women called into this noble service find solace in the notion that the success of their husbands’ ministry largely depend on them and give them the needed support.
She further stated that a minister’s wife must learn how to handle the difficulties of balancing the demands of the church, family, the stress of clergy, marriage and the unrealistic expectations of people successfully.
She described a godless woman as a woman who has not accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal saviour and can also be a carnal Christian who is controlled by the flesh and does not allow the Holy Spirit to control her life.
“Her marks are that she is not born again, does not fear God nor give any reverence to Him and Christ; she is selfish and does not think of how her behaviour can affect others; she always complains and murmurs, her dressing and speech are stumbling block; she has no self-control, quick tempered, quarrelsome, full of pride, gives bad counsel, unforgiving and revengeful, filled with jealousy and envy, thinks of what she will get not what she can give and her priority is not God nor the things of God, because of her self-centredness,” she revealed.
She called on the ministers’ wives to “practice what the word of God says, be women of prayer, practise hospitality, avoid greed, practice generosity, respectfulness and humility as well as love and trust the Lord.”
“You will be role models to all Christian women if you go by these,” she added.
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Professor Opoku Onyin read more