The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has noted that for Christian leaders to succeed in their leadership, they must endeavour to include everyone no matter how difficult they may appear to be.
“It does not matter how intellectually smart or genius the leader may be, you cannot succeed as you are. We all need people to win,” Apostle Nyamekye said.
Apostle Nyamekye made this passionate call on Friday, October 21, 2022, at the Emmanuel Mensah Chapel of the Full Gospel Church International (FGCI), Tema Community 1, during their 21st General Council Meetings.
Addressing the gathering as the Guest Speaker, Apostle Nyamekye spoke on the theme: “Let Us Rise Up And Build.”
According to him, the church is a community of holy people walking in love and advancing into the world with the gospel of salvation.
He added that the church should not only be envisioned as the building in which people worship or meet, rather it should be a holy community walking in love.
Making reference from Nehemiah 2:18, he asserted that leadership is about growth, building and development and not about influence. He, therefore, charged Christian leaders to rise and build than destroy what already exists.
Quoting from John Haggai, Apostle Nyamekye stated that, “Leadership is the discipline of exerting a special influence within a group to move it toward permanent beneficial goals that fulfill the group’s real needs.”
He further advised that in leading, one does not force people but motivate them.
The 2nd Vice President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), however, lamented that leaders today concentrated on their wellbeing than that of their people, saying, “The focus of leadership is about the people’s well-being. Our mandate as ministers is the church and not the individual leader.”
Apostle Nyamekye also admonished that leadership is a responsibility and not wealth, fame, power, showmanship or making their enemies fear them and their friends admire them.
“There is no need to reassure people about the elevation that comes with the position by lauding over them. Relax and have the ability to respond to them,” he stated.
He encouraged leaders to be concerned about the future generations because humans expire, no generation possibly finishes the work because every day new sinners are born into this planet; and every generation comes with its own challenges and it takes the people of the same generation to deal with the challenges.
“Let us not rejoice in the difficulties facing the nation, since when the nation is destroyed, we all will suffer,” he concluded leading the clergy to offer prayers for the nation.
Gracing the occasion was the Municipal Chief Executive of Tema, Hon. Yohane Amorh Ashitey.
Present were Most Rev. Samuel Noi Mensah (Chairman of Board of Trustees, FGCI), Bishop Dela Fiagome (President, FGCI), and Rev. Theophilus Mangesi (General Secretary, FGCI).
Also, present were Mrs Mary Nyamekye (wife of the Chairman), Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (Tema Area Head, CoP), and Pastor Samuel Koomson (PIWC Tema).