The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, fellowshipped with members of the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to climax the recently-held national youth week celebration on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
According to the Chairman, the visit, which formed part of his working-visit to the Ashanti Region, was to fellowship with the students and take the opportunity to throw more light on the five-year strategic vision of the church dubbed Vision 2023. An understanding of Vision 2023, he said, would enable the youth, who are the strength of the church, to commit more to the realisation of the vision.
Highlighting on five-year strategic vision, Apostle Nyamekye said that Vision 2023 seeks to equip the church to transform every sphere of society (including the family, government and politics, chieftaincy and culture, business and economy, education and science, sports, media, and the world of entertainment) with values and principles of the kingdom of God.
Making references from Deuteronomy 7:1-2; 8:1, 4:5-7 and Ephesians 3:10, the Chairman explained that in the past, the people of Israel were strategically and purposefully chosen by God to reveal His wisdom and character to the world so that in so doing the other nations of the world would return to Him. However, in the New Testament era, God has given this mandate to the Church (Christians). It is, therefore, the obligation of every Christian to demonstrate the wisdom and character of God wherever they find themselves, saying, “Everywhere you are, you must be the Hope of Glory.”
He said that what Vision 2023 aims to achieve is to empower members to “possess the nations” by transforming every worldview, thought and behavior with values, principles, and lifestyles of the kingdom of God, thereby turning many to Christ.
To ensure the effective execution of the vision, the church has put in place three strategic approaches. The first approach is “Equipping members with the required resources,” where members of the local church, who are the main drivers of the Vision, would be empowered and built up holistically through intentional discipleship.
The second approach to the implementation process is “Strengthening and realigning existing structures in the church to propel the transformation agenda.” With this approach, the key areas of consideration is the re-organisation of the ministries, the introduction of Gospel Sunday, and effective Bible Study sessions during services.
Also, the introduction of new ministry interventions such as the Home and Urban Missions (HUM) and the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) has led to the establishment of more local assemblies in seemingly ‘forbidden’ places.
He further noted that the Chaplaincy ministry as well as the two recently-introduced ministries – Schools Outreach Ministry (SOM) for basic schools and the Chieftaincy Ministry – among others, are in full force and transforming lives.
The third approach, “Transforming Society,” has two legs. The first leg focuses on the deployment of members, who have been equipped, as agents of transformation, while the second leg focuses on community transformation initiatives.
Some of the projects being undertaken as part of the community transformation efforts are the construction of correctional facilities, the first of which has been commissioned and handed over to the Prisons Service, the construction of community health posts (CHPs) compounds, which have been adopted by the Government as fully-fledged clinics, construction of bus stop shelters, construction of boreholes and the Environmental Care campaign, among others.
The Chairman ended his presentation with a short documentary on the impact of the various interventions undertaken under Vision 2023 and the main successes chalked just half-way into the vision period.
Apostle Nyamekye urged the youth not to sit on the fence, but to join in “possessing the nations” for Christ. He further charged them to individually petition God to reveal to them the part they could play to contribute their quota to the successful realization of Vision 2023.