The Anyaa-Ablekuma Area Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, led by Deaconess Belinda Asumadu, has organised a three-day retreat for ministry executive committee members at the various levels in the Area.
The event, held under the theme: “Ideal Woman, Arise and Possess Your Spheres,” took place at The Church of Pentecost Prayer Centre, Agape, from October 13 to 15, 2022. Speakers of the event were Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye (Area Head), his wife, Mrs. Comfort Ohemeng-Kwakye, Pastor Jacob Asare (Amamorley District Minister) and Pastor Emmanuel Teye Sackitey (Anyaa District Minister).
Other speakers were Deaconess Margaret Osei (Immediate-past Women’s Ministry Deputy Director, The Church of Pentecost) and Deaconess Charity Korwonu (Tema Area Women’s Ministry Leader).
Speaking on the topic: “The Woman and Her Ministry” on the first day of the event, Mrs. Comfort Ohemeng-Kwakye, emphasised that ministry is service and to understand one’s ministry, the individual must first identify their gift.
She revealed that a woman eager to serve must have constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit for renewal of strength.
Mrs. Ohemeng-Kwakye charged the leaders to exhibit maturity in their leadership since it takes a mature leader to raise members to be mature.
She, therefore, advised them to pray earnestly and yearn for the anointing since that makes the difference.
Mrs. Margaret Osei, in turn, spoke on the topic: “Leadership Skills.” In her presentation, she said a leader is one who has authority to direct a group of people.
According to her, God has given women various ministries or offices to serve according to their abilities (Matthew 25:11-15).
“Leaders are responsible for taking care of God’s people with unselfish devotion, and they must be determined, bold and courageous because there will be oppositions,” she cautioned.
Touching on qualities of a good leader, Mrs Margaret Osei mentioned that women in leadership ought to be visionary, innovative, self-motivated, able to unite, forgiving and strategic.
Deaconess Charity Kuwornu also educated the participants on the various personalities and how they influence on one’s leadership.
She explained that personality is the intrinsic organisation of a person’s mental wealth that is stable over time and consistent over situations.
Her presentation highlighted the various personality traits, which include: Neuroticism, Extra Version, Openness to Experience, Introversion, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness.
She also mentioned “Border Line Personality,” “Histrionic Personality,” “Narcissist Personality,” “Paranoid Personality,” “Schizoid Personality,” “Avoidant Personality,” and “Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder” as some of the personality disorders that leaders must eschew at all cost in order to successful.
She, however, emphasised that, irrespective of the differences in personalities, they must be faithful and honest in delivering their duties as Christian leaders.
Participants were also schooled on the four temperaments (Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic) by Pastor Jacob Asare, whilst Pastor Emmanuel Teye Sackitey handled the topic “Strengthening Our Spiritual Gifts and the Fruits of the Spirit.”
Climaxing the retreat, Apostle Ohemeng-Kwakye spoke on the topic: “Effective Collaboration Between the Minister’s Wife and the Women’s Ministry Leader” using Matthew 18:19-20; Amos 3:3 and Titus 2:3-5 as his anchor texts.
In his presentation, he explained the similarities and differences in the role of the Minister’s Wife and the Women’s Ministry Leader, and charged both parties to respect each other and show the spirit of unity which exemplifies Christ.
In all, 480 participants, including 17 ministers’ wives and eight pastors, attended the retreat.
Report by Anyaa Ablekuma Area Media Team