The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, today, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, inaugurated the National Training Team of the Children’s Ministry to spearhead the effective training and capacity-building of child workers at the various levels of the church.
The team would also be responsible for the coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of the implementation of the ministry’s vision of “Raising Godly Children to Possess the Nations,” at the grassroot levels of the church.
The eight-member team comprises Dr. Ankamah Lomotey (Chairman), Pastor Peter Adjei (Deputy Chairman), Mrs. Freda Koranteng (Secretary), Pastor Joshua Appiah, Pastor John Afawuah, Pastor George Owusu, Deaconess Mrs. Julie Djaba and Deaconess Mrs. Comfort Azure.
The inauguration took place at a short ceremony at the church’s General Headquarters at La in Accra.
Speaking on the topic: “Paul-Timothy; A Father-Son Relationship” with 1 Corinthians 4:14-17 and 1 Timothy 1:2 as his key Bible references, Apostle Kumi-Larbi stressed the need for the older generation to make conscious efforts to mentor the younger ones.
According to him, it is not enough to impart knowledge into children but also to “parent” or “father” them.”
“Every leader should mentor those behind them. This is the only way for discipleship to take on the multi-generational nature described by Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2,” he said.
Apostle Kumi-Latbi advised the older generation to take a cue from Paul and Timothy’s relationship. He explained that Apostle Paul took particular interest in Timothy’s development and this was why he addressed him as “my true son in the faith” in his letter to him in 1 Timothy 1:2.
Like Apostle Paul, the General Secretary urged adults to draw the children close so that they would be able to influence them positively.
He also noted that relations between mentors and mentees must evolve with time. To buttress this point, Apostle Kumi-Larbi pointed out that “in Romans 16:21, Paul makes a profound statement about his current relationship with Timothy when he addressed him as ‘my fellow worker.’ This implied that Timothy has gone from being a son to a student and had now become a colleague and a co-labourer.”
“We spend plenty of time desiring and praying for more labourers, but perhaps we do not invest enough time in those with the potential to become our partners in the mission,” he further remarked.
The General Secretary, therefore, charged the committee as well as child workers to go the extra mile to creditably discharge their duties in order to raise the standard of the ministry in the church.
Present at the event was the Children’s Ministry Director, Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis, and his deputy, Elder Alfred Aidoo.