Jesus Is Still Here With Us – Apostle Agyemang Bekoe Asserts

Jesus Is Still Here With Us – Apostle Agyemang Bekoe Asserts

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has said that Jesus is alive and lives in the hearts of all who accept Him as their Lord and personal Saviour. 

The IMD made this assertion when he preached on the theme: “This Same Jesus” at yesterday’s evening session of the “Accra for Christ” crusade at the Nsakina M/A School Park.

Delivering a sermon inspired from Acts 1:11, among other scriptural texts, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe explained that Jesus was crucified for the sins of humanity but rose on the third day. He explained that after His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promised Holy Spirit, after which he ascended through the clouds into heaven right before their eyes.

The minister, however, stated that although Jesus is no longer physically present on earth, He is still alive in spirit, as He assured His disciples in Matthew 28:20.

“This same Jesus, not a different man; the same one previously mentioned, is still with us from now to the very end of the age as He promised before His ascension into heaven,” he said.

He further noted that Jesus lives in and works through all who have received Him in faith to accomplish His purpose on earth.

Inferring from Luke 4:18-19, he explained that when one receives Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in them, and thus, receive the anointing to proclaim the good news of Christ, proclaim freedom for those under the bondage of the evil one, open the eyes of those suffering from physical and spiritual blindness, and liberate the oppressed.

“Jesus comes with the favour of God, so all who associate with Him also obtain the divine favour,” he added.

The International Missions Director said that Jesus, who raised the widow’s dead son back to life in Nain (Luke 7:11-17) and straightened up the woman crippled by a spirit for 18 years (Luke 13:10-13), is the same and is still in the miracle-working business.

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe, therefore, urged all who are yet to accept Jesus Christ into their lives to surrender to Him because He is the solution to all life’s problems.

Last night, over 3,200 people participated in the ongoing crusade. Among them was Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman of The Church of Pentecost), Apostle Samuel Osei Asante (Kaneshie Area Head and Executive Council Member), Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin (Evangelism Ministry Director), and Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwankye (Anyaa-Ablekuma Area Head).

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International Missions Seminar Held

As part of the Vision 2023 strategic direction of The Church of Pentecost, the International Missions Directorate of the church has organised a seminar for all Missionaries, Missionary Attachees, National Heads, Regional Heads, and Area Heads in the external branches of the church.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of the church, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, said that after every Heads’ Meeting, the International Missions Office organises a seminar to help the national leaders to understand the topics treated.
The seminar was held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.
Speaking on the topic, “Missional Approach to Language Specific Migrants,” the IMD said that people migrate for different reasons such as for greener pastures or just wanting to be adventurous, saying, “When people migrate, they do so with their culture, language, food, way of life and clothing.”
He disclosed that when people migrate with their culture, they normally look for people who speak their language to relate with. He, therefore, urged missionaries to be open-minded and have a language-specific approach to missions.
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe explained that in reaching out to migrants, migrant communities must be intentionally targeted with the gospel. He also called on leaders to be sensitive to the language of migrants who are found in the church, and train and equipped them to take up leadership roles in the church.
Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker, the Tarkwa Area Head, who doubles as the Co-ordinator for the Western Regional Co-ordinating Committee and Executive Council Member, called on the missionaries to strive to build a multicultural church in the various nations.
“A multicultural church is where people are respected irrespective of culture and race. It is not always the easiest church to pastor because it requires extra work from the minister,” he said.
Speaking on the topic, “Becoming a Multicultural Church,” Apostle Dr. Walker mentioned that a multicultural church is where people of different nationalities and cultures come to worship. According to him, worshippers are free to worship in their own languages and every person is treated and given the same opportunity.
He stressed that the church that becomes multicultural does not just happen due to some efforts needed in fulfilling it. These efforts, he stated, must be done in leadership, liturgy, preaching and teaching; praises and music; language and communication; and social activities.
Interacting with the national leaders, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, implored them to be innocently wise so far as the world is concerned since they are sent as sheep among wolves.
“The devil’s strongest power is his ability to deceive man because he is the combination of wisdom and lies. Therefore, when you are dealing with him, you need wisdom,” he stated.
Apostle Nyamekye noted that though issues and challenges may come, their ability to overcome them would determine the extent of their success, stating, “The need for wisdom becomes critical when you lead people.”
He added: “Wise people work in some particular ways to achieve an end. Learn and read books but don’t conclude on what you are being told because there is more God can teach you.”
Touching on the need for leaders to seek wisdom, Apostle Nyamekye said that wisdom is the principal thing of all human desires. He stressed that wisdom is the first of God’s creation and it needs to be investigated. He also said that wisdom is the foundation upon which things are established.
Other speakers were Apostle Dr. Christian Tsekpoe (Director, Post Graduate Studies and Research Directorate, Pentecost University), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance and Administrative Director, Headquarters), Pastor Elvis Nate Nague (Cyprus National Head), Pastor Paul Odai Laryea (IT Manager, Headquarters), and Pastor Morgan (Head of IT, COP-USA).
The International Missions Directorate also honoured eight former missionaries who had ended their missions duty. They were Apostle Isaac Anane-Sarfo (Argentina from 2015 to 2022); Apostle Yao Semanya Dogbe (D.R. Congo from 2015 to 2022); Apostle Michael Agyen Brefo (Gabon from 2018 to 2022); Pastor Ulrick Desire (Haiti from 2019 to 2022); Pastor Samuel Jojo Forson (Jamaica from 2018 to 2022); Apostle Daniel Mireku Gyamera (Madagascar from 2017 to 2022); Apostle Dr. Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe (South Korea from 2015 to 2022), and Pastor Francis Agyemang Badu (Rwanda from 2015 to 2022).
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Members Of The Church Are Our Greatest Resource – Apostle Agyemang Bekoe Avers

Members Of The Church Are Our Greatest Resource – Apostle Agyemang Bekoe Avers

The International Missions Director of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has observed that members are the strength and the greatest resource of the church.

According to him, the 2023 theme of the church: “Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact in the Nations” – Colossians 2:6-7 & 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, the church intends to focus on the local church which, he said, is the support base of the church.

Speaking at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Sakumono in the Teshie-Nungua Area on Sunday, November 20, 2022, as part of the 2022 Heads’ Meeting Apostolisation, the International Missions Director gave an overview of next year’s theme.

Reading from 1 Samuel 30:1-6; 23-25 & 1 Chronicles 19:10-15, he said David and his men went to war, and in their absence, their enemies raided their base and took away everything they had.

Referring to 1 Chronicles 19, he said Joab, the army commander, on the other hand, devised a good strategy and deployed Abishai at his back to protect his rear. This, he said, helped them to win the battle.

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe noted that the  leadership of the church does not want to lose sight of the schemes of the enemy and, therefore, wants to strengthen its base, thus the local church so that even as the church goes on outreaches, it will equally pay attention on the members, saying, “The same attention given to the fighting force must be given to the support division, which is the local church.”

He said that the time has come for the church to be strategic and tactical as it is becoming more nationally and internationally prominent so that the enemy will not take it by surprise.

He mentioned some of the topics to be treated under the theme as: Raising Family Altars to Strengthen the Local Church; Visitation in the Local Church; Encouraging Personal Devotion and Small Groups Prayer Meetings to Strengthen the Local Church; Sacrificial Giving and Tithing; Stoking the Fire of the Holy Spirit – Living in the Fear of God in the Local Church; The Local Church Upholding the Value of Godliness, and Repositioning the Local Church for Evangelism.

Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, who visited with his wife Deborah, ended his ministration with an impartation session, leading the church in prophetic prayers.

Earlier in the service, the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (STRACOMM Africa), Madam Esther Cobbah, educated the church on the impending Ghana Garden and Flower Show which is expected to take place from December 8-12, 2022 at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park.

She called on Ghanaians, especially Christians to spread the love of God by cultivating flowers in their surroundings to live in a green world which, according to her, is healthier.

Present at the service was the Resident Minister, Pastor Solomon Kyei, and his wife, among others.

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The Church Of Pentecost Unveils 2023 Theme

The Church Of Pentecost Unveils 2023 Theme

“Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact in the Nations” – 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 & Colossians 2:6-7, is the theme of The Church of Pentecost worldwide for the ensuing year 2023.

The theme was unveiled by the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, at the official opening of the 2022 Heads’ Meetings on Wednesday, November 16, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.

According to the Chairman, next year’s theme seeks to place a great deal of emphasis on the local church and reposition her as a formidable army unit to ensure the successful mission of the Church in possessing the nations for Christ. 

“We foresee that when the local church is well positioned, it can be launched to make a difference in a hopeless world. Our local churches must be strengthened to equip and send out her members, and the members must go and take the nations for Christ as envisioned in Vision 2023,” the Chairman stressed.

To achieve the desired set goals under the 2023 theme, Apostle Nyamekye said that a pattern of teaching will be adopted, guided by some selected topics to help reposition the local church for maximum impact in possessing the nations.

The eight thematic topics are: Stoking the fire of the Holy Spirit, living in the fear of God in the local church; The local church as a family; The local church upholding the value of godliness; Sacrificial giving and tithing; The local church in evangelism; Visitation in the local church; Raising family altars to strengthen the local church: Lessons from the Puritans, and Encouraging personal devotions and small group prayer meetings to strengthen the local church.

Apostle Nyamekye disclosed that the leadership of the Church has dedicated the first three months of the Bible study sessions in 2023 to studying the rules of conduct and core values of the church, as a means of strengthening the local church and deepening The Church of Pentecost brand.

“We shall be intentional in grounding our members in the Lord. We shall build their confidence in the gospel of Christ which is the power of God that saves and unleash them into the world to be channels through whom God’s grace will flow to bless humanity.

“We intend by this theme to make the local assembly ready to combat every thought, argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” he stated.

This year’s theme of the church is: “Equipping the Church as an Army to Possess the Nations.” As a continuation of the 2022 theme, the Chairman stressed the need to reposition the local church to achieve the desired goal, saying, “This is because to maintain unit cohesion and will to fight to possess the nations, there is the need to reposition the tactical unit (local church) to keep the fighting strength up.”

He indicated that the local church will then be more vibrant, a serious threat to the enemy and afford the Church greater success in possessing the nations, since the strength of the Church lies with the local church where real practical ministry and congregational life exist.

He stated: “As a denomination, our greatest resource is our members, and it is in their strength we find strength. It is the efforts at the local church level (tactical unit level) that culminates in the overall success of the Church as an army.

“To this end, Vision 2023 deems the local church as crucial towards the achievement of its goals and objectives.  The local church is therefore expected to be a vibrant centre for equipping members to possess the nations.”

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One Member One Discipled Soul Relaunched

Host of ministers and members from the various Areas in the Greater Accra Region of The Church of Pentecost, gathered at the Kaneshie Central Auditorium, today as the One Member One Discipled Soul initiative, themed, “Go, Seek and Save the Lost,” (Luke 19:10), was relaunched to the glory of God.

The event was chaired by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi. He was assisted by the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe.

The concept, which is a brain child of the Evangelism Ministry under the five-year strategic plan of the church (Vision 2023), designates November each year for Aggressive Evangelism to fulfill the main mandate of Christ given to his disciples, thus go ye into the world and win souls unto God and disciple them accordingly.

Delivering the purpose of the meeting, the Kaneshie Area Head, who doubles as an Executive Council Member, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante said that the event was to relaunch the annual November aggressive evangelism project and one member one discipled soul initiative of the church.

“Willing to fulfill the commission of the Lord Jesus and the vision 2023 of the church, we have earmarked November as the month to win souls and our meeting seeks to launch the activity for the next year,” he stated.

In a brief sermon on the topic, “Appointed As A Witness,” using Acts 26:16 as a bible reference, the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe iterated that the task of Christian witnessing can be categorized into two.

These, he said is to first, be commissioned to witness (Matthew 28;19) and secondly, to be appointed as a witness (Acts 26:16).

According to Apostle Agyemang Bekoe, the commissioning gives a command which indicates a role attached to the movement which is Christianity and the appointment is more of a personal responsibility.

“The determination and the decision of who goes into the kingdom of God for that matter has been given to us by Christ,” he said, urging Christians to be witnesses of God to their family and to win them to Christ.

He further outlined that the duty of the appointment as witnesses is to open the eyes of the blind by bringing them out of darkness into light. He, therefore stressed that after the blind has received the light and the power of God and receive forgiveness of sins, they turn to belong to the Kingdom of God.

Launching the One Member One Discipled Soul, the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, mentioned that the mandate of the church and for that matter all the ministries of the church is to disciple all nations.

He noted that the new ministries, including Home and Urban Missions, Schools Outreach ministry, Chieftaincy, Pentecost Workers’ Guild have all been established as additional vehicles to reach the unsaved.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi admonished that this annual event should not be seen as a ritual. Instead, he advised that we should see it as stock taking, a time to evaluate our performance as far as the great commission entrusted into our hands is concerned and ask for strength to do the work as an evangelist.

“Evangelism is a way of life, so let us live it. It not a preserve of a selected few but it is for every Christian,” he stated.

He, then called on the Executive Council members, National and Area heads, ministers and their wives (both active and retired), Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses and the entire membership of The Church of Pentecost, to come out from their comfort zones, get to the streets, markets, shops, hospitals and wherever they find people, to share the good news.

He added: “Remember from 12am tomorrow, Monday 1st November, every space must be saturated with the gospel, by making ourselves all things for all people so that by all means we might win some.

Now, on behalf of the Chairman of The COP, Apostle Nyamekye, Executive Council, the National Evangelism Coordinating Committee, I launch the 2022 Aggressive Evangelism and the One Member, One Discipled Soul, in the name of God the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, the Evangelism Director outlining the activities for the initiative encouraged members to engage in personal (one-to-one) evangelism, ghetto evangelism, beach evangelism, social media evangelism, crusades/ rallies, hospital evangelism, Prison evangelism, among others.

The Evangelism Ministry, under the auspices of the Anyaa-Ablekuma Area will be holding a crusade dubbed, “Accra For Christ,” from November 22, 2022 to November 25, 2022, for all Greater Accra Ministers and members.

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The Church Of Pentecost Builds Prison Reformation Centre

The Church of Pentecost has built an Inmates Skills Acquisition and Reformation Centre at Nsawam in the Eastern Region of Ghana as a move to reform prisoners to become useful and integrate them into society.

The 320 capacity fully-furnished facility, which was handed over to the Ghana Prisons Service at a ceremony at Ahodwo in the Nsawam-Adoagyire Municipality today Saturday, October 22, 2022, has four dormitories, an infirmary, a visitors lounge with a shop, a fully furnished administration block with auxiliary offices, an ICT lab with computers and accessories, a tailoring workshop, a carpentry workshop, a chapel fully furnished with musical instruments, baptistry, kitchen with a dining hall, soccer pitch, and volleyball pitch, CCTV Installations, and other facilities.

The Nsawam Prison Reformation Centre is the second to be built by the church, after constructing a similar one at Ejura in the Ashanti Region in May 2021. The construction of the all-male correctional centre began two years ago. The project was supervised by the Projects Development and Estate Department of The Church of Pentecost General Headquarters. Currently, two of such facilities are at various stages of completion at Damongo and Obuasi in the Savannah and Ashanti regions, respectively.

Commissioning the facility, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, highly commended The Church of Pentecost and the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, for his sterling leadership.

“I can say with confidence that the commissioning of this prison facility is the high point of my working visit to the Eastern Region,” he said.

He added: “The Church of Pentecost is demonstrating exceptional leadership in its desire to develop this country through social intervention projects such as the reformation and congestion of the prisons.”

According to the President, this collaboration between the church and the government was also seen at the height of COVID-19 when the church donated its facility at Gomoa Feteh to Government as a holding centre for Covid patients.

“It shows the commitment of this church towards contributing to the development of this nation. All Ghanaians should join me to say, Ayekoo to the Church,” he stated.

In his address, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, said “as Christians, we believe we must not only lead and usher people to Heaven but also show interest in their livelihoods here on earth by making them useful to society. It is for this reason that together with the Ghana Prisons Service, this facility has been christened, Inmates Skills Acquisition and Reformation Centre.”

According to him, overcrowding is one key contributing factor to poor prison conditions in Ghana and other parts of the world, disclosing that, as of October 2022, there was a total of 14,957 inmates in Ghana’s prisons, as against the maximum capacity of 9,850.  

He further disclosed that the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons which was built to hold a total of 850 prisoners, is currently holding 3,187 prisoners, representing over 275% above the required capacity.

“Being aware of this reality, The Church of Pentecost took the initiative to partner the Ghana Prisons Service to decongest Ghanaian prisons and provide better living conditions for prison inmates,” Apostle Nyamekye stated.

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost further stated that the Prison Reformation Centre is a direct response to the Bible’s admonishing in Hebrews 13:3 which states: “Continue to remember those in prison, as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated, as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Apostle Nyamekye hinted that the Ejura Prison Camp project constructed last year by the church is already yielding some dividends. Currently, thirty-six (36) inmates, he noted, are being trained in different trades (Tailoring, Kente Weaving, Leatherworks, Carpentry, and Metalworks).  A good number of the inmates, he added, have already been trained at the workshop and have since been discharged.

“Moreover, forty (40) inmates have been enrolled on a non-formal or literacy education which began in August this year. Many of the inmates are turning a new page in their lives by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour,” he expressed in joy.

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost further stated that in a bid to further assist the Prisons Service to decongest the prisons, the Church beginning from this year, embarked on an annual release of some prisoners with default warrant, by paying for the fines owed.

This year, he said payment has been made for a total of 42 prisoners from the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, Nsawam Female Prison, Ho Central Prison, and the James Camp Prison. The Church, he added, intends to re-orientate these prisoners to fashion out the right attitude to civil life and assist them with the needed initial support to re-start life in order to be socially reintegrated in society, saying, “For us sinners are our clients.”

Apart from the prison facilities, The Church of Pentecost is also building police stations in some communities across the country to enhance security in those places, and also providing potable drinking water in some selected deprived communities in the country, among other initiatives. A Police Station and a 20-bed capacity health facility are also ready for commissioning at Kawampe and Abesewa in the Savannah and Ashanti regions respectively.

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2022 Retirement Seminar Underway At PCC

The 2022 All-Inclusive Seminar for ministers and their wives who have up to 10 years (2023-2032) to retire from the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost is currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region.

About 500 ministers and their wives are attending the seminar which is on the theme, “Possessing the Nations: Serving the Saints,” – Hebrews 6:10.

Officially opening the seminar on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Chairman of the Pension Board of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle John Appiah Aidoo, thanked God for sustaining the lives of the ministers throughout ministry.

Apostle Aidoo thanked the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and the Executive Council for their support to the Pension Board.

He noted that the last time the seminar was held was in 2016 and the feedback from participants was very positive as most of them requested that more such seminars should be organised at shorter intervals.

According to him, the theme for this year’s seminar has been carefully selected to reflect the five-year vision of the church which has the overarching theme of Possessing the Nations.

“As key leaders of the church, our prime focus should be to serve the saints, thereby equipping them to be agents of transformation in their spheres of life. We are called to serve just as our Master, Jesus, came to serve,” he added.

Some of the topics to be treated during the three-day seminar include Pension Schemes in Ghana, SSNIT Pension Scheme, Financial Planning Towards Retirement, Financial Procedures in The Church of Pentecost, The Church of Pentecost Pensions and Entitlement, Ageing and Related Health Issues of Concern, Mental Health Preparation for Retirement, Psychological Well-Being of the Minister.

Others are Marriage and Family Life During Retirement, Will-Process and Procedure and Interstate Succession Law, Sharing of Life Experience in Retirement/How to Thrive in Retirement, Preparing Towards a Fruitful Retirement: Real Estate Development and Asset Acquisition Management.

Statistically, Apostle Aidoo noted that as of the end of December 2021, the total number of retirees and their wives in the church was 217 whilst the number of widows stood at 115. He stated 42 ministers and their wives proceeded on retirement this year, and accordingly joined the scheme.

He also added that the Ministers Welfare Fund also cares for 44 children of ministers who qualified under the Ministers’ Children Education Scheme.

Speakers for the event include Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman, CoP), Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary, CoP), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe (IMD, CoP), Apostle John Appiah Aidoo (Chairman, Pension Board), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance & Administration Director, CoP), Apostle Philip Osei Korsah (Director, Counselling Ministry, CoP), Apostle Dr. Ing. Joseph Teye I. Buertey (PIWC Asokwa), Apostle Rigwell Ato Addison (Rtd) – former General Secretary of the church.

Others include Pastor Dr. Edward Arko Koranteng (Medical Director, Pentecost Hospital, Madina), Elder Paul Kofi Mante (Managing Director, EDC – Ecobank Gh. Ltd.), Mrs. Esther Mmabilla Tamakloe, Elder Lawyer Kwaku Agyei Gyamfi (Member, Pension Board/Legal Advisor, COP), Elder Dr. Stephen Ankamah-Lomotey, Mr Ernest Amartey-Vondee (Director, Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the NPRA), and Mrs. Beatrice Osarfo of SSNIT.

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Maiden All Ministers’ Conference Kick-Starts

After many days and months of waiting, the much-anticipated All Ministers’ Conference, a non-denominational conference for Ghanaian ministers of the gospel, has kick-started at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.

Close to 500 different Christian denominations are being represented at the historic conference which officially opened today, September 14, and will end on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Two thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven (2,967) ministers are taking part in the conference, far exceeding the expected number of participants of 2,800. Out of the total participants, ministers from other denominations constitute the majority with 1,547 participants, while The Church of Pentecost is represented by about 1,420 ministers.

Participating in the event, which is under the theme: “Rediscovering and Fulfilling the Purpose of the Church” – Ephesians 3:10, Titus 2:13-14, are various heads of churches and prominent clergymen.  

The conference seeks to help bring to the fore the understanding of the dual purpose or the dual identity of the Church; that the Church is called out of the world to belong to God and sent back to the world to witness and to serve His purpose among the nations.

Among the speakers are Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman, CoP), Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd), immediate past Chairman of CoP and former President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso (President of the GPCC and immediate past General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana), Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana), and Apostle Dr. Ami-Narh (President of The Apostle Church).

Others are Very Rev. Prof. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (President of the Trinity Theological Seminary), Bishop Emmanuel L. Nterful, Pastor E. K. Duodu, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary, CoP), Dr. Joyce Aryee (CEO, Salt and Light Ministry), and Mr.  Samuel Attah-Mensah (General Manager of Citi FM).

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Pentecost Convention Centre Gets New Board

A ten-member board chaired by Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Executive Council Member and Tamale Area Head) of The Church of Pentecost has been inaugurated to oversee the operations of the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), a multi-purpose Christian retreat and event centre, located at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Other members of the board are Apostle James Kwabena Asare (Kasoa Area Head), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance and Administration Director of the church), Pastor Prince Odoom (Centre Manager), and Pastor James Orhin Agyin (Projects Development & Estate Manager of the church).

The rest are Elder Robert Mensah (PIWC-Sunyani), Elder Augustine Sarpong (PIWC-Atomic), Lawyer Benjamin Ampoma-Boateng (PIWC-Kokomlemle), Deaconess Mary Ankomah Sarpong (Madina District) and Mrs Diana Frema Nyarko (Headquarters).

Inaugurating the board at the General Headquarters of the church at La, Accra on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, thanked members of the board for accepting to serve the church in that capacity.

According to the Chairman, though they were carefully chosen based on their expertise and experiences, they should see it as pure grace, having been selected out of the millions of members to contribute their quota to the growth of the church.

He noted that The Church of Pentecost is doing great largely due to the fervent prayers coupled with laid-down administrative structures.

He said that boards and committees are some of the structures that are helping the church to thrive.

Apostle Nyamekye charged the board to bring to bear their rich knowledge, expertise and experiences to take the PCC to another level.

He further urged them to ensure that the purpose of constructing the Convention Centre is kept in focus.

“The Pentecost Convention Centre was built for a purpose. The purpose is to make the place a retreat centre. Therefore, the ambiance at the place should look like a Christian retreat centre, and the presence of God should be felt there,” he said, adding, “This purpose must be jealously guarded.”

Reading from Ephesians 4:16, he entreated them to work in love and collaboration with other sectors of the church.

In response, the Board Chairman, Apostle Sylvester Arhin, gave thanks to God for the opportunity to serve the church. He promised to bring their God-given knowledge and expertise to bear to effectively run the Centre.

He also commended his predecessors for the good work done.

As part of the functions of the board, it is to develop policies that will help the Centre Manager to manage and run the facility in a sustainable manner; publicise the existence of the Centre to engender greater patronage, and make the place secure and user-friendly to patrons.

In attendance were Apostles Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi and Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, the General Secretary and the International Missions Director of the church, respectively.

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Aflao Area Lauds Apostle Peter Dzemekey As He Leaves For Asokwa

The Aflao Area of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, August 28, 2022, held a colourful service at the Shekinah Temple in Aflao to officially farewell their Area Head, Apostle Peter Kofi Dzemekey, and his family, who have been transferred to the Asokwa Area in Kumasi. 

The farewell service was officiated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, who was present with his wife, Mrs Deborah Agyemang Bekoe.

Present to grace the occasion was the National Head of the church in Burkina Faso and Executive Council Member, Apostle Ousmane Patinde Zabre.

Others were Apostle Joseph Danzerl and his wife (Kete-Krachi Area Head), Pastor Seth Dwamena Asante and his wife (Nkwanta Area Head), Apostle Edina Komi Agbavitoh (retired) – former National Head of Togo, as well as a delegation of ministers from neighbouring Togo, led by their National Secretary.

Achievements

Having been transferred from Akim Oda Area to the Afloa Area in 2018, together with his wife, Mama Faith, Apostle Dzemekey is credited to have worked very hard with the help of the Holy Spirit to grow the membership of the church in the Aflao Area from 35,368 to 45,507, thus winning about 10,139 souls within four years; increased tithes and Missions Offering of the Area by about 100% and 95% respectively.

Through his instrumentality, the Area has opened 64 local assemblies and created four districts in the past four years.

During his tenure, the Area has also seen great infrastructural development in the areas of mission houses, church buildings, school projects, among others, as 18 church buildings and eight mission houses have been dedicated, two buses acquired for the Aflao Pentecost Preparatory School (PPS), and also established a well-functioning credit union (PENCU) for the Area.

Sermon

Speaking at the service on the topic, “On Holy Ground” based on Exodus 3:1-5, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe stated that there are two things that can help believers to stand on holy ground – a place they can meet God. These, he said, are one’s location towards God and having a good motive in doing the work of God. 

He indicated that Moses saw the spectacular burning bush because he located himself at a good place as he moved his flock towards the far side close to the mountain of God, Mt. Horeb.

He added that Moses had a good motive while tendering the flock of his father-in-law, saying, “When your motive and location is good the Lord will open the heavens for you.”

Quoting from Luke chapter 5 and John chapter 21, the International Missions Director posited that unless one goes to the far side near God, one cannot access the glory of the Lord.

“If you want revival, change your location and position towards God and you will hear from Him,” he said.

He stressed that Moses qualified to stand on the holy ground because he had a good motive and strategically positioned himself.

The IMD added that standing on the holy ground calls for Christians to remove everything that destruct them from catching the attention of God. This, he said, was the reason why God instructed Moses to remove his sandals; the very sandals he wore and run away from Egypt, representing fear and sin.

Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe asked Apostle Dzemekey not to entertain any fear in his new station because the Lord has gone ahead of him.

PENTECOST NEWS.