Mrs. Grace Amoah Baffour, a retired minister’s wife of The Church of Pentecost, has called on the Church’s retired ministers and wives to continue to serve God and the Church even in retirement.
Mrs. Baffour said this on Thursday, August 10, 2023, when she exhorted participants of the ongoing Retirement Seminar at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Millenium City, near Kasoa.
Preaching on the topic: “Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact Role of a Retired Minister,” with 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, Mrs. Baffour emphasised the instrumental role that ministers and their spouses play in the growth of the Church. She said that, like Apostle Paul, the crown of their labor in the Lord’s vineyard is to see succeeding generations holding fast to the faith that they entrusted to them.
According to her, ministerial service does not necessarily end in retirement, as there is still the opportunity for them to serve God beyond active service.
She cited Anna, who, even at the ripe age of 80, continued to serve in God’s house through prayer and fasting. “Likewise, we can also continue to intercede for the Church while in retirement,” she said.
Reading Psalm 27:4, she explained that although David was not the one to build the Lord’s temple, he contributed his part by providing the materials needed for its completion.
“As retired ministers, we can also encourage those in active service with the word of God, pray for the Church, and take an active part in the church activities,” she said, stressing that: “Our retirement is only physical because we our spirit is not retired.”
She also advised them not to fold their arms unconcerned but to be interested in everything that goes on in the Church. “We should not look down on ourselves and say we are now ‘backbenchers’ because even sometimes, substitutes come on and score goals,” she said.