The Agormanya Area of The Church of Pentecost (CoP) organised a one-day seminar for all presiding elders, finance committee chairpersons, ministry executives, and local secretaries on financial policies of the Church and report writing.
The event, held under the theme “Effective Administration in the Church,” took place on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the PIWC-Agormanya church auditorium and was attended by selected officers and the pastorate in the area.
In his opening remarks, the Area Head, Apostle Samuel Kojo Gakpetor, referred to 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40 and called on the participants to familiarise themselves with relevant information regarding church administration at the local and district levels.
He further admonished the participants to study and implement the financial policies at all levels of the Church.
He noted that this would enhance the effective administration of the Church and charged Church leaders to handle the local church in an orderly manner, as God is not a God of disorder.
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way,” he said.
He emphasised that it is the duty of church leaders to follow the laid-down procedures and policies in the church to bring decorum and maximum impact to the church.
The immediate-past Area Deacon, Elder William Asare Agyapong, took participants through the following topics: Effective Church Administration, Financial Policies of The CoP, Duties of the Financial Secretaries and Chairmen, and Roles of Auditors.
Addressing the participants on some financial issues of the church, he advised them to always consult their immediate supervisor when making key decisions concerning the church, especially on financial matters.
He cautioned against manipulation and violation of financial policy directions.
Pastor Jacob Kwakye Frimpong, an Area Executive Committee member, also discussed the importance of being an effective secretary.
He stressed that the Local Assembly is the primary source of information, and the Local secretary must be able to take, keep, and provide accurate information to the Area and subsequently to Headquarters.
The Area Secretary, Pastor Theodore Ashia, and the current Area Deacon, Elder Richard Amoni, also conducted sessions on the following topics: Writing Statistical, Comprehensive, and Financial Reports.
They urged Church leaders to attach reverence and importance to the reporting format of the church and to avoid misinformation and forgery of reports.
The Area Head, who participated in the event, charged the participants to provide up-to-date records from time to time and never to compromise on the church’s data.
He urged ministers, auditors, and finance committees to play supervisory roles by auditing the locals as necessary.
Regarding the payment of utility bills, he admonished church leaders to be loyal and faithful by attaching proper receipts to all bills.
He further encouraged local assemblies without files to acquire them and properly keep all relevant documents in the office of the church.
Report by Agormanya Area Media.