The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has emphasised that the ministerial calling is a call to a life of sacrifice.
According to him, ministry is a life of sacrifice because one gives up their right to themselves and no longer live as they will.
Apostle Nyamekye said this during a presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Tamale during the opening session of the Northern Regional edition of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference.
Illustrating the purpose of ministry from Philippians 2:19,20-21, he said that ministry is about snatching people from hell and making them ready for Heaven. “If anyone is fit for heaven, they are an asset for the earth they live on,” he added.
He, however, read from Numbers 3:12,45 and Deuteronomy 33:8-11 to establish that once ministers and wives begin to make sacrifices for the sake of their ministerial call, God will surely reward them, charging that “Don’t be anxious, God will take care of you!”
The Chairman also referred to a statement made by David Livingstone, a Christian Scottish Medical Doctor and Explorer, that, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a heavenly king be considered a sacrifice?” to advise church leaders to value the call of God upon their lives and not to portray themselves as needy people.
He also urged ministers and wives of the church, especially those in Mission Areas, not to speak ill of their stations to other members with the intent of gaining favours from them.
The Chairman appealed to ministers’ wives to be committed to their priestly role in the work of the ministry because just like their husbands, they have also been called as priests. He read from Luke 1:5-6 to explain that although Zechariah was the ordained priest, his wife, Elizabeth was also a Levite and, therefore, qualified as a priest.
Having eulogised the sacrifice of officers in the Church, he entreated ministers to make time to pray for their presbyters.
Present at the conference were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Northern RCC Coordinator and Tamale Area Head), Apostle Daniel Dekpor (Northern RCC Secretary, National Music Chairman and Tumu Area Head). Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Daniel Nii Tetteh Tackie (Wa Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng Kwakye (Sawla Area Head) and Apostle Francis Yaw Adu, (Walewale Area Head), Pastor Emmanuel Kojo Aidoo (Yendi Area Head) and Pastor Eric Gyambibi Boateng (Bawku Area Head).
The Chairman was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Mary Nyamekye.