First Cohort of Elders Training Program Graduate

First Cohort of Elders’ Training Course Graduate

Saturday, December 17, 2022, will forever be etched in the history books of The Church of Pentecost as the day when the first batch of elders of the Church passed out with certificates in Theology and Pastoral Studies having successfully completed the newly-introduced Elders Training Course at the Pentecost University (PU).

The historic event took place at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, during the university’s 14th Congregation.

In his address, the Chancellor of Pentecost University, who doubles as the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, stated that the Church’s five-year strategic vision (Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations) considers Pentecost University as an important institution; one of the vehicles through which the vision can be achieved.

He iterated that the Church also recognises the need to build a vibrant church that will be relevant to future generations, saying, “If the church is to stand the test of time, it will require the upscaling of our church leadership and members.”

He added: “As a result, it is the resolve of The Church of Pentecost to encourage the leadership of the local assemblies through sponsorship packages to enroll on the certificate programme in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Pentecost University, dubbed, the ‘Elders’ Training Program’.”

The Vice Chancellor of Pentecost University, Apostle Professor Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, said that majority of the 2,832 graduating students at the event were Elders of the church who were sponsored by The Church of Pentecost for the newly-introduced training program.

He, however, explained that although a total of 8,699 Elders have successfully passed out, the University took the decision to hold separate graduation ceremonies at the regional levels for them. This, among other reasons, was to prevent travelling inconveniences for elders in other regions, he added.

Some ministers’ wives of The Church of Pentecost, who had also successfully completed a Church-sponsored course at the university, obtained certificates in Christian Ministry at the event.

Apostle Dr. Christian Tsekpoe, the Head of Ministerial Formation and Training at the Pentecost School of Theology and Missions, urged the Church leaders, particularly the elders, to serve as ambassadors of Pentecost University by recommending the university to church members and other acquaintances. PENTECOST NEWS

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