The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has said that moral uprightness should be the hallmark of every elder of The Church of Pentecost.
According to him, moral uprightness is not just a prerequisite for calling people into the office of Eldership in the Church, and thus, elders are to maintain the same standards as officers of the Church.
Apostle Nyamekye said this yesterday when he gave a presentation on the topic “The Presiding Elder” at the ongoing Global Elders’ Retreat at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.
Reading from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus chapter 1, the Chairman emphasised the biblical criteria for calling persons as elders of the Church – these include living above reproach, being faithful to one’s spouse, being temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money and one who is able to manage his own family and home.
He further noted that an Elder of the Church must be capable and a trustworthy person. He must also be one with spiritual capacity and wisdom, he added
The Chairman said that every person who has been called into this noble office of the Church must therefore meet the requirement set in the scriptures as the qualification for elders.
He, therefore, advised elders to continue to uphold these high standards especially after their calling has now been confirmed.
Apostle Nyamekye also advised ministers and officers to follow due process and do due diligence before calling people into the Eldership office.
“It is, therefore, important that when we are selecting people to occupy church positions, we should prayerfully look out for good fellows who are able to teach, are trustworthy, wise and have a spiritual capacity. By combining these qualities, the elder would not only be a wise well-behaved person but a spirit-filled person,” he advised.
The Chairman also noted that elders represent wisdom (they give sound judgement and good counsel), leadership (they serve as leaders in the Church and society), tradition (they are custodians of the doctrines and practices) and example (they model moral character for the followers).