The Chairman of The Church Of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye officially opened the first-ever retreat for Elders of the Church worldwide yesterday, at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh.
In his welcome address, the Chairman acknowledged the contributions made by the officers in the building of the Church.
“One of the strengths of The Church Of Pentecost has been our lay leaders, especially presiding elders. They remain the running force in building the local church. They are key to our success stories,” he noted.
Apostle Nyamekye encouraged church leaders, especially elders, to continue to work in love.
Explaining the rationale for the retreat, the Chairman noted that the event is aimed at helping elders to deepen their relationship with the Lord.
He further noted that the retreat would among other objectives, offer opportunity for intentional efforts in strengthening the local church by mobilising the grassroots in the “Possessing the Nations” agenda.
According to him, repositioning means taking sincere retrospective look of one’s self adding; “Repositioning in our context means to rebrand and revamp. It is to take over available space. Repositioning is an indication of thirst and hunger for excellence. It is a desire to achieve a goal to which Christ has called the church. Striving for and desiring and better future. Reposition is for maximum impact,” he said.
He further stated: “It was originally designed for presiding elders but extended it to all elders with understanding that all elders are potential presiding elders. Elders play a major leadership role in driving the church’s agenda at the local level. This retreat offers the opportunity to renew our commitment to this understanding.”
The retreat has in attendance the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, some members of the Executive Council, ministers of the Church, and officers.