The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has reiterated the call for Christians to make intentional efforts to translate their religiosity into spirituality and, by extension, morality to transform the nations with values and principles of the Kingdom of God.
“The journey starts with a commitment to first live and then teach the very values and principles that will nurture individuals capable of being channels through whom the grace of God will flow in blessing society,” he said.
Delivering the closing address at the All Ministers’ Conference hosted by The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, from Tuesday, September 19, to Friday, September 22, 2023, Apostle Nyamekye underscored the need for Christians to transform the structures and institutions to position the development agenda of the country.
He stated that the journey towards transforming the moral fibre of the nation should start with ministers who live and teach the very values they profess.
“The church must consciously move out of our fortress and begin to see our settings as God-given opportunities for ministry – becoming the real salt of the earth and light of the world that will permeate like yeast into every fabric of society with righteousness.
“Our members must arise to confront the moral decadence in their spheres of influence, no matter the cost nor opposition,” he said.
A communiqué issued at the end of the Conference called on the Church to intentionally identify, promote and strategically support political actors who have proven moral standards at all levels of the political space. It also recommended that the Christian community champion the inclusion of morality at all levels of Ghanaian educational structure by expanding the STEM flagship programme to include morality, thus Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Morality (STEMM).
The Conference further called on churches to invest in building the capacity of morally sound media personnel and provide the needed logistics with an intentional agenda to provide ethical and quality content to set the pace for media discourse and agenda setting.
The theme for the conference was, “Moral Vision and National Development: The Role of the Church.” It brought together about 2,500 ministers of the gospel and church leaders drawn from the Protestant, Catholic, Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Para-Church organisations across the country.
Speakers at the Conference included Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe (International Missions Director of The Church of Pentecost), Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle (Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast), Most Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo (Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church – Ghana), Apostle Dr Aaron Ami-Narh (President, The Apostolic Church, Ghana) and Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah (Founder & Apostle General, Royalhouse Chapel International).
Other speakers were Rev. Dr Stephen Wengam (General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana), Archbishop Charles Agyinasare (Founder & Leader, Perez Chapel International), Mr Emmanuel Baba Mahama (National President of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International – Ghana) and Apostle Jude Hama (President, Africa Bible Centre for Disciple-making (ABCD).
The rest were Bishop Emmanuel Louis Nterful (Convener, United Denominations of churches originating from the Lighthouse Group of Churches), Rev. Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee (Founder & Executive Director, Salt & Light Ministries), Mr Bernard Avle (General Manager, Citi TV/Citi FM), Prof Stephen Adei (Former Board Chairman, Ghana Revenue Authority), Dr. Joshua Oppong-Sarfo (Leader, New African Concept), and Apostle Dr John Kpikpi (Senior Pastor, City of God Church).