The third edition of the Shekinah Pre-tertiary and Ministry-to-teens Conference has officially begun at various designated satellite centres nationwide.
The conference, which is under the theme: “Teens Repositioned For Exploits And Maximum Impact,” is being held at over 500 satellite centres across the nation from October 20 to 21, 2023.
The conference aims to empower and equip teenagers in The Church of Pentecost to stand for God and make a positive impact in their generation.
The conference features various activities such as Bible studies, seminars, workshops, and more.
The keynote addresses are transmitted virtually from the command centre to all the satellite centres.
In his opening address, the Coordinator for the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) Ghana, Elder Samuel Boahen, expressed his gratitude to God for making the conference possible despite the challenges posed by the ongoing changes in the Ghanaian academic calendar.
He also acknowledged the Youth Ministry and its Director, Apostle Ebenezer Hagan, for their significant1the support and guidance in putting the conference together.
He urged all the participants to make the most of the programmes and learn from the seasoned speakers and facilitators who have been invited to share their insights and experiences.
“It remains my prayer that we all shall leave the conference fully empowered and rejuvenated, serving the Lord diligently to the glory of God,” he said.
The Youth Director, Apostle Ebenezer Hagan, in his remarks, expressed his joy over the successful launch of the conference.
He said that this year’s conference has undergone a great transformation as it marks the third edition of the annual event.
He explained that the conference has gotten a new identity as pre-tertiary and ministry to teens, which reflects the renewed commitment of The Church of Pentecost to teenagers.
Apostle Hagan noted that teenage years are the years of formation, as well as the most impressionable days in a person’s life.
He said that this is the time when young people can make the greatest changes to their course of life.
He, however, cautioned that this is the time when they are most vulnerable to the attacks and temptations of the devil.
He, therefore, stressed the need for young people to be repositioned for exploits and make the needed impact, as indicated by the theme of the conference.
The Youth Director cited people in the Bible such as Joseph, David, Daniel, and Esther who stood for God and did great things for His kingdom at their young age, saying, “No teenager who will be joining us will leave the same.”
The first sermon of the conference was delivered by Pastor Ebenezer Agyapong (Kwadaso Sector Travelling Secretary), who spoke on the main scripture for the conference, Daniel 11:29-32.
He explained that Daniel prophesied about a time when a wicked king would reign over Israel and introduce strange things into the country.
He said that in spite of his oppression, some people would rise up and resist him because they knew God.
He likened this situation to the current state of affairs in the world, where there are many evil influences and practices that seek to corrupt and destroy young people.
Pastor Agyapong challenged young people to be like those who knew God and did exploits in their generation. He encouraged them to be grounded and established in Christ, as stated in Colossians 2:6.
He also referred to 1 Samuel 17, where God used a young man named David to bring an end to the Philistine oppression of Israel. He said that God can use young people today to bring an end to any form of oppression or injustice in their society if they are willing and obedient.
The conference continues with more sessions and activities until Saturday, October 21, 2023…
Present at the launch were Pastor Musah Yahaya (PIWC Koforidua Resident Minister), Pastor Emmanuel and Mrs. Serwah Kissi (PENSEC Koforidua Chaplain), Elder Prof. Appau Asante (Deputy Youth Director), Elder Ebenezer Ankamah (Ministry-to-teen NEC Member), PENSA Ghana Coordinating Team, and PENSA Travelling Secretaries from various sectors across the country.