The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Pentecost University, Apostle Professor Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, has advised ministers to develop the right mindset to excel in their ministerial calling.
According to him, developing the right ministerial mindset starts with knowing the mind of God concerning every issue, adding that, “ministers who want to succeed in ministry, need to always act in accordance with the pattern of God.”
The VC was speaking at the community service of the School of Theology, Mission and Leadership of the University at Gomoa Fetteh on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He spoke on the theme, “The right ministerial mindset” with scripture reference from Philippians 2:5.
Apostle Professor Agyapong-Kodua admonished ministers and ministers’ wives to continually lay themselves on the altar of God for Him to work on them. One way of doing this, he noted, is to consistently listen to sermons of senior ministers, saying: “A repeated message is better than a corrupted message.”
The VC continued that the minister of God should do everything out of a pure heart and mind remembering that their lives are penetrated and saturated by the Holy Spirit. This, he averred, is only possible through a right relationship with the Holy Spirit.
He also stated that having the right ministerial mindset causes one to pray and believe in the supernatural intervention of God. He emphasised that “The one who has called us is faithful and values the work more than any other and so ministers should always commit their visions into God’s hands in prayer for God to take charge.”
Apostle Professor Agyapong-Koduah cautioned ministers to be sensitive to the feelings of members so that they do not hurt people, especially during their “growth and developmental periods.”
He cautioned that, unlike worldly leadership, the Christian leader does not lead through manipulation to gain influence, rather leadership influence is gained through his or her spiritual abilities.
The wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Vida Agyapong-Kodua, on her part, advised the ministers’ wives to be supportive of their spouses in ministry, to render their services faithfully and gracefully, and to offer their giftings for the growth of the church. She also encouraged ministers to make their wives happy so that they enjoy fruitful and peaceful ministries.
In attendance at the event were Apostle Daniel and Mrs. Esther Nii-Teiko Tackie (the Chaplain and his wife), Pastor Fred Amoakohene Sarpong, and some faculty members.
Also present were the wives of ministerial students who joined their husbands for the regular Pastoralia course. The course is facilitated by the Teshie Nungua Area Head, Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, and the Teshie Nungua Area Secretary, Pastor Ebenezer Korankye Agyapong, who doubles as the Resident Minister for PIWC-Graceland.
Report by Eric Akude