The 16th Session of the Extraordinary Council Meetings of The Church of Pentecost which began on Wednesday, May 8, successfully came to an end at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, on Friday, May 10, 2019.
The closing ceremony was greeted by exceedingly joy and praises for the great victory the Lord has brought to the Church. The highlight of the closing ceremony was the reading of the Executive Decisions taken by the Executive Council, popularly referred to as “White Paper” which contains transfers of ministers, appointments, callings and reviews, and other key policies and decisions meant to ensure the forward march of the Church.
In his closing address, the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, appreciated the dedication of the Executive Council members supported by the Secretariat Staff for their selflessness which resulted in the success of the meetings. He also expressed his gratitude to all councillors for their dispassionate contributions made in all the discussions on issues brought before them.
The Chairman admitted that the participants have been refreshed and enjoyed the divine presence of the Lord during the period. “As we bring the meetings to a close, we are confident that we have been challenged and empowered to go and continue the business of possessing the nations for Christ with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God,” he stressed.
He, therefore, tasked the ministers to pursue in all earnest all decisions that they collectively took during the meetings.
Chairman Nyamekye further entreated all and sundry to come on board in the pursuit of the 5-year strategic vision of the Church. “Ladies and gentlemen, in pursuance of our Vision 2023 agenda, we all have a role to play in the successful implementations of all decisions collectively taken in these meetings,” he said.
He added: “Just like the human body, which grows only when each of the ligaments do their work and joins to other ligaments (Ephesians 4:16), so also can we only grow and build the church and ourselves, when each one of us identifies our roles and acts effectively in those roles. When each one of us acts in our roles we support each other in the process. This helps to strengthen each one of us and makes us more able to do more for the Lord.
“I, therefore, implore you all to play your active roles in the realisation of all the decisions made, as we are held together with a common goal of building the Lord’s church. Failure to do so may affect other parts or people and cause the delay of the work that we are supposed to do for our God.”
Among the key decisions taken at the meetings include the transfer of 446 ministers, including newly called ministers who were posted to various districts, the formation of new boards and committees to facilitate the implementation of some key aspects of the Vision 2023 agenda, the integration of Pentecost University College (PUC) and the Pentecost Theological Seminary (PTS), the re-structuring of the Northern Outreach Ministry under the Urban and Home Missions, involving chiefs, opinion leaders and communities in the Environmental Care Campaign, and involving all assemblies, districts and areas in the development of communities through strategic social interventions.
Others include ensuring the prudent use of church funds at all levels of the church, a commitment by all National and Area Heads to play active roles in the operationalization of the Gospel Sunday Services, a commitment to be proactive in reviewing all the leadership teams of the Evangelism Ministry at all levels and when necessary, to bring the needed evangelism drive in the church, a commitment to implement the reviewed ministerial welfare practices, and making conscious effort to use the Ministerial Handbook in the training of officers.