Date: January 10, 2017
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 officially opened the 2017 Global and Ministers and Wives’ Conference (GMWC’17) with a call on ministers to allow themselves to be discipled in order to disciple others.
The maiden event being held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) became relevant following success stories recorded from previous conferences held by the church for ministers and wives in Ghana in every New Year.
The glamour which emanated from the conference cannot be over emphasised as the ministers and their wives were clad in colourful fabrics to announce the goodness of the Lord Jesus over their lives as they work in his vineyard.
Opening the event on Tuesday morning, the Chairman said the conference was organised to allow the ministers to take stock of their past ministerial endeavour and plan for the year ahead particularly in relation to the theme for the year which is: “I am an example of God in my Generation” (1 Corinthians 4:16-17)
“The annual ministers and wives conferences gives us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord and be more focused on the assignment He has bestowed on us in the year through fasting, prayer and sharing of the word of God,” he said.
According to him, this global conference has a wider perspective, saying, “While it still attempts to assist us deepen our relationship with the Lord, it also seeks to consolidate, affirm and concretise what have been achieved so far by the founding fathers, culminating during my tenure of office as chairman of the church.
“These include bringing the people closer to God, personal relationship with one another, exemplary leadership, biblical based policies and Pentecostal spirituality. In other words, the conference has a similitude with Deuteronomy in that it serves as a review of what have been done and achieved so far.
“In Deuteronomy, God commanded Moses to read the law before the people. At a point, God even asked him to put the Law into songs (Deuteronomy 31). As a result, he read out the whole law before the congregation prior to his death. The intention was to serve as a memorial for future generations. Against this background, the conference attempts to reiterate some of the policies and guidelines developed over the period.”
The Chairman also lamented about the rate at which corruption, worldliness and the pleasure for money has taken over the younger generation who have ignorantly made role models of rebellious celebrities instead of God-fearing ministers of God who are making great strides in life and ministry.
“So we have a singer like Madonna who has received international recognition such that she has in recent times featured in the Guinness Book of Records, becoming role model to the younger generations when the woman herself has on several occasions admitted that she is very synonymous with rebellion,” he bemoaned.
He indicated that it is for this reason that the church has brought together its ministers to pray, learn and brainstorm ways through which they can impact generations, saying, “It is therefore incumbent on us as ministers to make the most of our being here by actively participating in whichever activity that will take place.”
The Chairman said just as Moses used to read the laws of God to the Israelites to serve as a reminder, the gathering will be interspersed with reading of policies and belief systems of the church that have been propounded by General Councils of the church over the years.
Participants will also benefit from Pentecostal messages, inspirational prayer sessions, track sessions, among others.
Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah challenged the participants to patronise the activities scheduled to take place at the conference.
To ensure conformity, the Chairman reiterated social ethics such as keeping the phone off during service, supporting people who are called to the fore to perform specific tasks and sitting through the services without loitering about.
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, has said that he expects the next Chairman of the Church to be one read more