The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, met all ministers and officers in the Kasoa Area to throw light on the 5˗year strategic vision of the church, dubbed “Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations.”
The event, which took place at the Kasoa Central Assembly church auditorium, was also used to expound on the church’s theme for 2020, “A Glorious Church To Possess The Nations.”(Ephesians 3:21, 5:27).
Speaking to a gathering of over 2000 ministers and officers, the Chairman said that the tremendous growth of The Church of Pentecost over the years is a result of the selfless dedication and voluntary services of officers. He, therefore, commended the officers for the great work they were doing for God through the church and encouraged them to do more to help advance the kingdom of God.
He said that it was important for church officers, particularly Elders, to own the vision of the church because they form the largest constituency in the leadership structure of the church and also take direct oversight responsibility of the Local Assembly. Hence, they are very crucial to the dissemination and the effective implementation of Vision 2023 at the grassroots levels.
According to the Chairman, Vision 2023, which has Ephesians 3˸10 as the overarching Bible text, aims at building a church “where members go to possess their nations by transforming every worldview, thought and behaviour with values, principles and lifestyles of the Kingdom of God and thereby turning many people to Christ.”
He explained that, under Vision 2023, members would be encouraged to look beyond the services they provide in the church and pursue a ministry outside the church. As a result, church leaders must see the Local Assembly as an equipping centre where they equip members with the right resources for ministry in the world.
He also noted that as part of the “Possessing the Nations” agenda, the church has partnered with the government to undertake various social intervention initiatives such as the construction of boreholes, Community˗based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds, Police stations, and prison (correctional) facilities to decongest Ghanaian prisons.
Touching on the 2020 theme, Apostle Nyamekye said that the ultimate goal of the church is to become a beautiful bride prepared for her Bridegroom, who is Christ. He explained that the church must, therefore, be committed to the goal of becoming “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish,” a “holy and blameless” bride to Christ, the bridegroom. In view of this, the church would focus on educating members to uphold their moral and doctrinal purity and also equip them to discern false teachings in the contemporary world.
He also mentioned “A Glorious Church To Possess The Nations,” “The Church: Called To A Holy Living,” “Living A Life Of Integrity As A Christian,” The Christian And The Lordship Of Christ,” “Possessing The Nations Through Prayer” and “Possessing The Nations Through Personal Evangelism” as some of the sub-themes to be treated throughout 2020.
Other topics are “Raising Godly Children To Possess The Nations,” “The Power And Beauty Of Christian Fellowship,” “I Am An Agent Of Transformation” and “Secular Humanism.”
The Chairman concluded his presentation by urging the church leaders to own the Vision 2023 and to expound on the 2020 theme at their various Local Assemblies so that the ultimate goal of “possessing the nations” would be realised.