Kaneshie Area Organises Seminar For Marriage Counsellorsweb

Kaneshie Area Organises Seminar For Marriage Counsellors

The Kaneshie Area of The Church of Pentecost organised a one-day seminar for marriage counsellors to enhance their capacity and competence for maximum impact.

The seminar took place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Kaneshie Central Assembly auditorium, and featured four speakers, including Apostle Dr. Philip Osei-Korsah, the Director of The Church of Pentecost Counseling Ministry (COPCOM).

During his presentation, Apostle Dr. Osei-Korsah spoke on the topic “The Role of Prayer in Marriage Counselling and Resolving Disputes in Marriage.”

He emphasised the central place of prayer in marriage, the causes of spousal disputes, and conflict-resolution techniques.

Elder Prof. Stephen Ankamah-Lomotey, another speaker, gave a presentation on the “Qualities of a Counsellor.”

In his presentation, he noted that the character traits of a marriage counsellor include having a purpose, taking risks, perseverance, patience, and resilience.

“The character of every counsellor is very important as it sets an example for all clients,” he added.

Pastor Dr. Ebenezer Kpalam treated the topic “Presentation Skills for Marriage Counsellors.”

According to him, giving a listening ear is one of the vital aspects of the marriage counsellor in their line of duty.

He explained that the art of listening involves reflecting on words or facts presented by clients, their feelings, and body language. Conflict resolution is another essential skill that every counsellor must possess, he further noted.

Rev. Derick Emmanuel Koomsoon, the Director of Scripture Union Ghana, gave a presentation on the topic “What is a Christian Marriage?”

He noted that a Christian marriage is the marital union of two God-fearing Christian partners who hold their marriage ceremony and live their marriage life in accordance with the tenets of Christianity and the Church.

Also present at the seminar were Mrs. Elizabeth Osei-Asante (Wife of Kaneshie Area Head), the Kaneshie Area pastorate and their wives, and some Area Executive Committee members.

Report by Joshua Heizel (Kaneshie Area Media)


Dansoman Area COPCOM Holds Seminar For Ministers, Officers

The Church of Pentecost Counselling Ministry (COPCOM) in the Dansoman Area has organised a five-day seminar for ministers and officers in the Area.

Speaking at the event which took place at PIWC Dansoman, SSNIT Flats in Accra, the Area Head, Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah, stated that COPCOM will help deal with sensitive areas in life. He stressed the need to have counselors in the church to help address psychological issues and mental health affecting members.

Treating the topic: ”Basic concept and knowledge and skills in counseling,” Pastor Samuel Asante said the concept of counseling as defined by experts is “an intentional and professional helping-relationship that aims at providing adequate, relevant and timely information to aid a client in making informed decisions toward the restoration of sound mental health.”

He stated that the basic principles and practice of counseling include recognizing the dignity and the worth of the client, strictly observing ethical standards, recognizing the uniqueness of the individual, among others.  

Overseer Dr. Perez Sepenu in a presentation on “Marital Communication” said that 85% of divorce is caused by lack of communication in marriage. “Communication is the driving tool to keep the marriage alive. If it ceases friendship in a marriage dies. Good communication is an art or skill that must be learned,” he indicated.

Elder Eric Addo also spoke to the topic, “Personal Experience of Trauma.” He defined trauma as “wounds or hurt, unexpected threatening and severely distress situations that demand that one reacts in novel ways, in the way one thinks, feels and behaves. It results in shock and fear.”

According to him, cultures respond to trauma differently, while children also view trauma differently from the way adults do.

He said trauma can be caused by tragedies (calamities); natural disasters, diseases, and accidents.

It can also be caused by evil deeds (atrocities) such as bombings, rape, violence, crime, physical and mental abuse. This, he said, normally leads to far deeper and longer-lasting damage than tragedies.

Speaking on “Grief Counselling,” Deaconess Mercy Amoakohene said grief is very powerful and no one can master it. “It takes control of man’s nature. It is now experienced by every person as part of life,” she disclosed.

In his closing remarks, Prophet Appiah said that in life there are many challenges and God has given man the wisdom to tackle them. He said the church needs to identify individuals with such talents in counseling to handle them.

According to him, crises management is essential, and “as Christians, we must be ready to handle problems in life.”

He called on counselors to be ready to learn more, and allow the discerning spirit to function effectively in counseling. “God’s goal is to ensure peace in life while that of the devil is to inflame conflicts,” he said.

He added: “The devil sometimes steals the joy in marriage by creating misunderstanding. Remember God has an interest in marriage.”

The seminar was attended by 165 participants drawn from the various districts in the Area.

Report by Pastor Isaac Ennin Quaicoe.


Chairman Applauds Ministries Over Sterling Performance

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has applauded the five traditional ministries of the Church for their tremendous work in the past year, which has contributed immensely to the furtherance of the church’s overarching theme of “Possessing the Nations.”

The Chairman made these remarks on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, while delivering his State of the Church Address (SOCA), during the virtual opening session of the 44th General Council Meetings, which is taking place from 2nd-5th June, 2020.

In line with the Vision 2023 of the church, all ministries were beseeched to play key roles in pursuance of the church’s quest to become agents of transformation in all aspects of life. Indeed, according to the Chairman, in 2019, all the ministries rose to the occasion in various capacities as agents of transformation to ‘possess the nations’ for Christ.

The Children’s Ministry received the first commendation, as the Chairman lauded them for the massive evangelism and clean-up exercises performed during and after the Children’s Week celebration. He noted that a total of 52,511 souls were won and retained in the ministry. Again, 36,998 children were baptized in the Holy Spirit and 115,965 others were dedicated. He also indicated that the current children and teachers’ memberships stand at 951,078 and 44,738 respectively.

Touching on the Youth Ministry, Apostle Eric Nyamekye acknowledged the selfless and estimable services of the immediate past Director of the ministry, Apostle David Nyansah Hafron, who served meritoriously for eight years. The Chairman also lauded the current Director, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan, and the National Executive Committee for coming out with a 4-year theme for the ministry, which is, “Grounding Young People in Christ and Unleashing them to Possess the Nations.”

According to the Chairman, “this will deepen the spirituality of the youth and unleash them as a mighty workforce to possess the nations for the Lord.” He also acknowledged the ministry for their brilliant innovation in the creation of PentOnyx studios.

The Chairman also commended the Women’s Ministry for their tireless services and immense contribution to the holistic growth of the church. He noted that through the ministry’s passionate work, 51 Areas have inaugurated the Virtuous Ladies Club to mentor young women to be Christ-like. He revealed that the evangelistic duties by the ministry have yielded 33,359 souls unto the Lord whilst 15,860 backsliders were won back.

The Evangelism Ministry was not left out as the Chairman lauded them for leading the way in the ‘possessing the nations’ agenda of the Church. “Through vigorous evangelism strategies, the ministry won 212,768 souls for Christ, with 130,986 baptized in the Holy Spirit and 664 new local churches planted,” he disclosed.

The Chairman concluded his commendations for the ministries by acknowledging the immense work done by the Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), which has brought some freshness in the activities of the ministry and also led to an incredible increase in its membership.