The Anyaa-Ablekuma Area of The Church of Pentecost, headed by Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye, has inaugurated the Chieftaincy Ministry, which aims at “possessing the palaces” for Christ.
The momentous event took place at Ablekuma Central Assembly auditorium on Sunday, August 7, 2022, with the gathering of over 200 persons made up of kings, queens, family heads, the pastorate in the Area and their wives and some other royals.
The event was also graced by the National Coordinator for Chieftaincy Ministry and Director of the Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, and the National Coordinator for the Chaplaincy Ministry, Apostle Lt. Col. Benjamin Kumi-Woode.
In his welcome address, Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye said that royals are also co-heirs of God’s kingdom (Revelation 21:23-27), hence the need to bridge the gap between the church and chieftaincy institution.
He also noted that the Church has, therefore, introduced this ministry to ensure that royals come into the saving knowledge of Christ, who is the only way into the kingdom of God.
Apostle Ohemang Kwakye further noted that the ministry would not only focus on evangelising the palaces but also handle or mediate chieftaincy issues that may arise.
Exhorting the gathering on the topic, “Godly Leadership Brings Liberty to the People,” with Judges 5:1-2 as a Bible reference, Apostle Lt. Col. Benjamin Kumi-Woode explained that the Israelites were under the oppression of a powerful Canaanite king, Jabin, known for possessing great weaponry and was having strong military force led by an experienced army commander – Sisera.
Apostle Kumi-Woode contrasted that with the powerless and less efficient Israelite army, saying: “Notwithstanding the stark reality, a godly woman by name Deborah inspired a war against Jabin, and the army commander of Israel insisted that Deborah accompanies him.”
He further stated that when leaders employ the hand of God, the dynamism of things they battle with changes because, when there is a fall of war, all human tactics change.
Ending his sermon, Apostle Kumi-Woode advised the royals to employ “the hand of God” because the task of leadership requires physical and spiritual strength, and faith in God releases courage for that.
He said that the name of Jesus carries power to influence people positively, and this would come in handy since their mandate requires mobilising and influencing people.
“Inspiration to lead comes from the Holy Spirit, so you will need the Spirit of God to help you excel in your leadership,’ he said.
After a time of intense prayer and praise, Apostle Anane-Denteh proceeded to inaugurate the Chieftaincy Ministry Committee of the Area, comprising Nana Obeng Akrofi I (Krontihene of Kwahu Jejeti – Chairman), Pastor Ayim Smart (Ablekuma District Minister – Coordinator), Nana Appiah VI (Kyidomhene, Enyan Nkodwo) and Nana Afia Bempomah II (Denkyira Abakomahemaa)
The others are Nana Omari Sasu (Odikro – Akwasiso, Kwahu Osubeng), Opanyin James Nana Kwesi Essuman (Abusuapanyin – Asumakoma Kokokyire Awudua, Tarkwa – Member) and Elder Nicholas Foli-Mensah.
The committee is tasked to reach out to chiefs and royals within the Area and bring them to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.
Among other things, it is also required to mobilise all royals in the Church for effective ministry to royals, coordinate royal conferences, organise training programmes and retreats for royals and report on the activities of the chieftaincy ministry during the Church’s reporting periods.
Report by Pastor Emmanuel Teye Sackitey (Area Media Committee Chairman)