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Be Zealous In Possessing The Nations – Pastor Aidoo Tells Church Officers

The Cape Coast District Minister of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Samuel Kofi Aidoo, has charged church leaders to be zealous in accomplishing Christ’s mission of possessing the nations.

Speaking at a three-day officers’ retreat, Pastor Aidoo reading from Ecclesiastes 9:10 urged officers of the church to work diligently in whatever assignment that has been handed to them, saying, “It is the Lord who has given it to you.”

He encouraged them to use their spiritual gifts to complement the ministry God has given them over the members and endeavour to draw them closer to God.

The Cape Coast District Minister explained that ‘zeal’ is a focused desire characterized by passion and commitment towards something, hence being zealous for God is a necessity for Christians.

Pastor Samuel Kofi Aidoo stressing the influence of a zealous character mentioned that one must have passion for the work of God, must not give up easily, and must always stay focused on the task given to them by God.

“As leaders and officers of the church, strive to possess the quality of zeal for the Lord’s work. With that, you can overcome every barrier or blockage that rises against the vision and the mission of the church,” he said.

He added: “Be concerned about the Lord’s work and work at it as though you are doing it for God and not for man. Keep your eyes on the target and never lose focus.”

Report by Cape Coast District Media Ministry

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 Trains Ministers On Digital Transformational Agenda

The world is on a drive to transition to the digital space of sharing and interacting with one another. In this direction, The Church of Pentecost is moving towards such transformation as it trains its ministers and administrative staff to be abreast with the technological systems for faster communication.


To facilitate this agenda, the Information Technology Department at the church’s General Headquarters has organised an Office 365 training workshop for 53 ministers in La and the Teshie-Nungua areas in the Greater Accra region.


This took place on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the Sophia McKeown Temple (SMT), at La, in Accra.
In a welcome address, the La Area Head of the church, Apostle Dr. Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe, disclosed that the training was in pursuance of the digital transformation agenda of Vision 2023 of the church.
“The most neglected area of digitalization in the church today is the internet, and to enable ministers effectively use the internet as a church, they must be trained,” Apostle Dr Nuekpe said.
He added: “We cannot grow as a church if we neglect this aspect of evangelism.”


Facilitating the training, the IT Manager of the church, Pastor Paul Odai Laryea, took participants through a series of cybersecurity education, where they were advised on cybercrimes, the importance of cyber-security as against The Church of Pentecost (CoP) digitalization agenda, and managing security threats.
“To ensure a strong system security in support of the CoP digitalization agenda, ministers should practice effective password management, effectively updating your device, backup, lock up devices and use anti-virus software,” he stated, urging the clergy to avoid using public networks and train their area and district employees.


Participants were further taken through practical sessions on creating and sending new emails; replying, forwarding, and attaching files in Outlook. They also had hands-on training on Microsoft Teams and Share Point, all within the Office 365 platform.


The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, encouraged the ministers to find time to practice what they have been taught, charging them to migrate to the new digital platforms being introduced to have seamless productivity in ministry.


“In these days, activities cannot be done without technology. Therefore, leadership has invested in this IT infrastructure. Let’s migrate to the new world system so that the youth does not leave us behind,” the General Secretary urged.


With the advent of propagating this digital agenda, new accounting and enterprise resource planning system, an online store, a digital music store, church maps, and many more have been added to simplify activities in the church.


Also participating in the training were Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Teshie-Nungua Area Head) and Apostle Lt. Col. Benjamin Godson Kumi-Woode (Resident Minister, Burma Camp Worship Centre).


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 “Ying For Christ” Crusade Yields 99 Souls

“Ying for Christ,” a three-day crusade organised by the Evangelism Ministry of the Tamale Area of The Church of Pentecost at Ying, has recorded 99 souls to the glory of God.

Ying is a typical Dagomba community within the Savelugu Municipal District in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The crusade, which was organised under the auspices of the Tamale Area Head of the Church, Apostle Sylvester Arhin, resulted in the creation of an assembly in the Muslim-dominated community.

The evangelism team, led by the Area Evangelism Ministry Leader, Pastor Daniel Gyekye, also baptised 45 of the new converts in water by immersion. Report by Overseer Solomon Anderson

Apostle Antwi Retires After 38 Years Of Meritorious Service

The outgone New Tafo Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Antwi, has gloriously retired from active ministerial service of the Church.

Apostle Samuel Antwi, who has retired after 38 years of dedicated service to the Lord and the Church, together with his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi, was honoured at a special retirement service held last Sunday at the M. K. Yeboah Memorial Temple, Krofrom in Kumasi.

The service was officiated by Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head and Executive Council Member), ably assisted by Apostle Fred Tiakor (Asante-Bekwai Area Head), Apostle John Obeng Kesse (Suame Area Head), and Apostle Samuel Edzii Davidson (Offinso Area Head).

It was attended by people from all walks of life including active and retired ministers of the church, traditional rulers, as well as relatives and well-wishers. Also present were some clergymen from the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) member churches.

As part of the event, various testimonies applauding Apostle Samuel Antwi and his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi, for their outstanding ministry were read and several citations were also presented to them.

Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng, in a sermon on the topic: “As You Have Not Sat Down Yet,” taken from Matthew 19:28-30, noted that retirement does not mean the end of Christian service. 

Making a distinction between Christian service and retirement with reference to 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, the Bompata Area Head explained that albeit the retiree takes a rest from active ministry, they must hold on to the faith and maintain their integrity until the day of the Lord.

“There is the dichotomy between the race and the ministry,” he emphasised.

To shape up one’s life nicely and avoid being disqualified for the prize on the day of reckoning, Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng urged Christians, particularly retirees to keep standing against the devil (1 Corinthians 16:13); walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25); running the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1-2), and watching over their garments (Revelation 16:15).

Called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1984, Apostle Samuel Antwi served in various duty stations as a District Pastor and an Area Head.

He also held several leadership positions and served on various committees in the Church.

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

New Tafo Area Holds ‘Holy Ghost Conference’

The New Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost under the headship of Apostle Samuel Antwi, has organised a three-day prayer meeting, dubbed “Holy Ghost Conference.”

The event, which took place from August 3 to 5, 2022, at the Sepe-Buokrom Revival Centre, was under the theme: “If You See Me When I Am Taken From You, It Will Be Yours,” (2 Kings 2:10), with Apostle Samuel Nana Yaw Agyei (Kade Area Head) as main speaker.

As part of the event, Elder Kwaku Owusu Ansah, the outgone Area Deacon, who served conscientiously and meritoriously for 13 good years was appreciated.

The well attended occasion, which happens to be the last meeting under the aegis of Apostle Samuel Antwi as the New Tafo Area Head, also witnessed the foundation stone laying and sod-cutting ceremony for the Area Revival Centre and construction of a 2000-seating capacity auditorium for Pentecost International Worship Centre, New Tafo (PIWC-New Tafo), respectively.

Addressing the teeming congregants at the climax of the event, Apostle Samuel Antwi read Jude 1:24 and urged them to keep trusting God because He is able to protect His children from stumbling and to make them stand no matter the situation.

Apostle Samuel Antwi and his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi are billed to retire from active ministerial service on Sunday, August 21, 2022, after 38 years of dedicated and conscientious service to the Lord and the Church.

Present at the event were the Area pastorate and their spouses, among others.

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

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Jesus Makes The Impossible Possible – Kpassa Paramount Chief

The Paramount Chief of the Kpassa Traditional Area, Dr. Ubor Tossan Konja VI, has asserted that the only one who has power to turn around every impossible situation is Jesus Christ.

Dr. Tossan, who is an elder of The Church of Pentecost, said this yesterday when he delivered a sermon on the topic, “Jesus Has the Power to Change the Unpleasant Situation for Your Good” at the Central Assembly auditorium of the Changbalyiri District.

Elder Konja urged Christians not to worry about any impossible situation they may be facing, but rather trust Jesus to change it for the better.

“Do not worry about your unpleasant situation because Jesus Christ will do good things in your life. So, if your heart is troubled, I have come to announce to you that Jesus Christ will intervene,” he charged.

Elder Tossan said that Jesus is the giver of life and He transforms lives, adding: “It does not matter how long you have been in the church, Jesus will touch and heal you.”

Reading from John 5:1-11, he stated that if Jesus could heal the cripple by the pool who had suffered that condition for so many years, then He is capable of doing same for anyone who calls on Him.

According to him, there is life in Jesus and when He speaks it takes immediate effect.

He explained that the devil is scared of every child of God because they carry the glory and the power of God.

“If you have any challenge, I am here to let you know that Jesus will take care of it today,” he concluded.

A healing session held after the sermon saw many being healed of various diseases.

The service, which was the first morning session of ongoing “Sawla for Christ” crusade, ended with a heartfelt prayer of intercession for the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict. The Evangelism Ministry Director, Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, led the congregation to seek for a divine intervention in the escalating situation.

He also led the Church to intercede for the Sawla township and the nation Ghana.

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EIGHT BIBLICO-METAPHORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS FOR “EQUIPPING THE CHURCH”

“Equipping the church” involves the “Equipping hands” (church leaders at all levels) preparing the church at respective levels by “placing” them in “yielding and available position” to encounter the “Equipper” – the Holy Spirit – who will impart them with the resurrection power by filling them to make them stable, grounded and firebrand to possess the nations by transforming societies with values, principles and lifestyles of the Kingdom of God.

The following are eight (8) biblico-metaphorical illustrations for “equipping the church” (the “to be equipped” ready to receive divine encounter from the Equipper).

1. Moses prepared Aaron’s Rod (and other tribal rods) before Aaron’s rod received divine encounter and budded with fruit (Numbers 17:1-13).

2. Elisha told the widow of the sons of the prophets to get vessels ready to be filled with oil and the oil multiplied and filled all the available vessels until there was no vessel (2 Kings 4:1-7).

3. Jesus told the disciples to get the five thousand plus people seated and also gave the bread to the disciples to distribute to the people and as they did, the bread kept multiplying until they all ate and had 12 full baskets as leftover (John 6:1-14).

4. At the wedding in Canaan, Mary, the mother of Jesus told the disciples to do whatever Jesus told them and when Jesus told them to fill the vessels with water and they did, the water turned into wine which was sweeter than the earlier one (John 2:1-12).

5. Elijah, in his encounter with the prophets of Baal, prepared the altar and made the sacrifice ready, and even though the altar was flooded with water, fire came from heaven and fell on the water and consumed it (1 Kings 18:20-40).

6. At the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus told the people to roll the stone covering the tomb away and when they did, at the sound of the voice of Jesus, Lazarus encountered the resurrection and was set free to go (John 11:38-44).

7. In the desert, God told Moses to make 70 elders ready and when that was done, God took of the Holy Spirit that was on Moses and gave same to the 70 elders so they can help Moses lead the people (Numbers 11:16-30).

8. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed the disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to tarry and as they did, mighty rushing wind filled the house they were staying and they were all clothed with power from heaven (Luke 24:44-49; cf. Acts 1:4-8).

The list goes on and on and on. God desires to touch humanity with heavenly things and requires humans He can partner to do so.

There is a Pentecost song in Twi entitled, “Oshewbo wo wim ho, yede mpaebo betwe aba.” We partner with God to bring down the heavenlies to replace the dying, decaying and negative gradient of this life.

Thus, the resurrection power is available to flow; all God needs is AN INTERCESSOR – a leader who will get the people ready – pray for them, teach them the Word, visit them, call them to prayer meetings, etc. … and THE POWER WILL FALL.

May the Holy Spirit grant us continuing grace to be consistent in His hands as “Equipping hands of the Church” as He, THE EQUIPPER, does His work of equipping the church.

“…So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, TO EQUIP HIS PEOPLE for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12, caps mine).

By Apostle Seth Kwame Fianko-Larbi (Kenya National Head, The Church of Pentecost)

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General Secretary Cuts Sod For 10-Acre Irrigation Farmland Project

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has cut sod for the commencement of a 10-acre solar-powered irrigation farmland project of the church at Ankpaliga, a farming community near Zebila in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

The project, which is being initiated through the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), is aimed at providing sustained livelihoods for the youth in the Ankpaliga community and surrounding towns.

It is the hope of leadership that through this project young people in the northern part of the country would no longer migrate to the south in search of greener pastures.

The brief ceremony took place on Thursday, June 24, 2021, during the General Secretary’s duty trip to the region. Present at the ceremony were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah Agyemang (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Eric Boateng (Bawku Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye (Sawla Area Head), Pastor Emmanuel Aidoo (Yendi Area Head), Pastor James Agyin (Project, Development and Estate Manager, COP Headquarters), and Elder Richard Amaning (PENTSOS Director), among others. The Chief of Ankpaliga, Naba Annane Abudu, was also present to witness the official commencement of the project.

During the dry season, a majority of the youth are compelled to travel to the south due to the high levels of unemployment especially during the prolonged dry season in the Northern Regions. 

To help provide the youth with sustainable economic livelihoods, the church has acquired a 10-acre land for irrigation farming. The main crops that would be cultivated on the farm all year round are onions, cabbage, carrots, and pepper. The youth in the community would also have access to the irrigated land to farm the crops, especially during the dry season. 

As part of this intervention, the church, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), would provide extension services to the farmers. They would also receive training on climate-smart farming practices. 

For the project to achieve its intended goal, a deep borehole has been drilled with a yield of 100 litres per minute to supply water to the farms through drip irrigation.

The project, when completed, would directly employ about 120 young people and their families in the church and provide indirect jobs to over 300 people in the various crop value chains.

The project is estimated at a total cost of GH¢150,000.00 and is expected to be completed in October 2021.

According to the PENTSOS Director, the church intends to replicate the project in other parts of the country. “We hope that after this project, we would gain some positive as well as negative lessons to guide similar projects we would undertake in other parts of the country,” he said.

Expressing his gratitude to the church, Naba Annane Abudu admitted that his community is challenged with youth unemployment resulting from the long dry season forcing most young people to go south for better opportunities.

He was confident that the project would give the youth a reason to stay and work in the community since they can now farm all year round regardless of the climatic conditions.

“I want to assure The Church of Pentecost that you would not regret this great investment that you are making in our people through this project,” he said.

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Chairman Visits PENSEC-Kumasi

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on Friday, June 18, 2021, paid a visit to the Pentecost Senior High School (PENSEC) located at Bremang in the Ashanti Region as part of his two-week working visit to the churches in Greater Kumasi. 

The Headmaster, Elder Albert Mensah, led the Chairman to inspect works on the ongoing Girls’ Dormitory Block project funded by the General Headquarters of the church. He also inspected an art exhibition by the Visual Arts Department of the School. 

In his address, the headmaster revealed that the school started in 2006 as a private school. It was, however, absorbed in 2017 by the government of Ghana under the Free SHS policy. As a result, the school currently has a student population of 1,700 with 80 teaching and 16 non-teaching staff.

Mr. Mensah said that PENSEC was ranked the 10th best performing Senior High School in the Ashanti Region in the 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He also expressed hope that by 2022 the school would have attained a boarding-house status.

Addressing staff and students of the school, Apostle Eric Nyamekye disclosed that when he was an Executive Council member and Area Head for Koforidua in 2017, he strongly advocated for the church to partner with the government in managing the Pentecost Senior High Schools which was dwindling in student enrolment at that time. He was thankful to God for the fruits of the collaboration the church had with the government. He added that PENSEC is part of the ‘possessing the nations’ agenda of the church. This is because, as students undergo training in school, they are expected to become agents of transformation wherever they find themselves.

The Chairman encouraged the teaching staff to exert much effort in their work to make PENSEC-Kumasi a ‘Grade A’ school, stressing that the greatness of the schools largely depends on the teachers. He also encouraged every teacher to have an attitudinal change by focusing on the future and not just the now (present situation).  

To the students, he said that “life can be meaningful depending on how you do it.” He also advised them to take their assignments seriously, make good use of time spent on campus and avoid bad friends. “In this way, you will become proud when you receive your WASSCE results in the end,” he added. 

Apostle Nyamekye was accompanied by Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua (Vice-Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Samuel Antwi (New Tafo Area Head) and the New Tafo area pastorate.

Report by Franklin Kumi Lartey (PENSA TS, Asokwa Sector)