The historic 44th Session of the General Council Meetings of The Church of Pentecost, which was held virtually, came to an end on June 6, 2020 after five days of successful deliberations and elections.
The event, which was under the theme, “A Glorious Church To Possess The Nations” (Ephesians 3:21, Ephesians 5:27), took an unconventional turn as more than a thousand Councilors (ministers and lay leaders) from across the globe had to participate in the virtual meetings via Zoom.
Delivering his closing address, the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye reiterated that, the decision to hold the meetings electronically was necessitated by restrictions placed on public gatherings and the closure of national borders by various governments around the world in efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considering that this was the first-ever attempt of the church to organise the Council meetings virtually, Apostle Nyamekye took the opportunity to celebrate the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord for helping the church to chalk another important milestone.
He was particularly buoyant about the successful election of new Executive Council Members which was also conducted electronically for the first time, saying “To the glory of God, the elections were held smoothly and in record time; thanks to the hardworking team of experts who worked round the clock to ensure such a sound process.”
The Chairman, on behalf of the Executive Council (EC), acknowledged the meritorious services of the outgone Executive Council Members, as well as, the reviewed Ministry Directors, while congratulating the newly elected EC Members and Directors on their appointments.
Apostle Nyamekye advised that, as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Church leaders should continue to take advantage of technology to reach the millions of unreached people. He urged them to continue to encourage members to strengthen family devotional life and to take small groups and cell meetings seriously; as these are the interventions that have kept church functioning during this period.
The Chairman concluded his address by charging ministers to continue to pursue the church’s vision of possessing the nations despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We should not allow COVID-19 to blur our vision and distract us in our quest to possess the nations for the Lord. We need to build a glorious church which is truly united globally! We need to build a glorious church that patterns its life after Jesus, the Master! We need to build a glorious church that does the will of God so to continually keep His glory!” he said.