The highest decision-making body of the Church is the General Council, which heads a five-tier administrative mechanism. The General Council consists of all confirmed ministers of the Church, Regional/Area executive committee members, national deacons, trustees, chairmen of boards and Committees and Movement Directors.
The Executive Council
The Executive Council, headed by the Chairman of the Church, sees to the day-to-day administration of the Church. While the General Council elects members of the International Executive Council, all other officers of the Church are appointed by The Executive Council with the approval of the General Council.
The Executive Council is currently made up of Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah (Chairman - seated middle), Apostle Alfred Koduah (General Secretary - seated left), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo (International Missions Director - seated right) and from left to right standing, are members, Prophet James O. Amaniampong, Apostles Albert Amoah, Ekow Badu-Wood, Francis Ofori Yeboah, James S. Gyimah,and Osumanu Zabre,
Members of the Executive Council
Below the General Council and the International Executive Council, we have the Area administrative structure. The Area is headed by the Area Head, who is either an apostle or an experienced senior pastor. He is assisted by a six-member Area Executive Committee in the day-to-day running of the Area with the Area Presbytery as the highest policy-making body in the Area.
The Area is further divided into districts, each of which is headed by a District Pastor who administers his district with the support of a six-member executive committee, which depends on the District Presbytery as the highest decision-making body.
The Local Assembly
Finally, the district has a number of local congregations headed by presiding elders who implement decisions of the District Presbytery with the assistance of their local presbyteries.
This chain of command ensures there is both vertical and horizontal flow of communication, thereby making implementation of policies and feedback very vital ingredients of effective administration. In addition, the Church’s official magazine “Pentecost Fire” is published quarterly to educate church members about events in the Church. It also shares the gospel with non-Christian readers.
The Church of Pentecost operates the basic financial philosophy of ‘self-support’. This is based on the covenant between the Church’s founding fathers and God which states, inter alia, that The Church of Pentecost should not borrow money from outside the Church for the funding of its evangelistic programmes. It does not however refuse unsolicited financial support from philanthropists for some of its social services.
The two principal financial sources of the Church are tithes and offerings. As and when necessary, special funds are raised at all levels of the Church’s administrative structure to meet very crucial financial commitments. The prudent management of the self-financing policy has been able to sustain the Church even in a developing country like Ghana.
The Church’s financial obligations include payments of salaries to ministers, administrative and supporting staff, construction of chapels and manses, evangelistic crusades, donations to charitable organizations, training programmes, among others. It is significant to note that due to the understanding and the loyalty of the members in giving, the Church has never lacked finance to run its programmes in line with God’s covenant to sustain it financially.
The Finance Board is charged with the management of the Church’s central fund at the Church’s headquarters and presentation of annual budges and audited accounts to the General Council. The Audit Department monitors the day-to-day financial business of the Church and ensures that there is transparency and accountability.