The National Music Committee of The Church of Pentecost is organizing a four-day seminar for singers, instrumentalists, and sound technicians at the various levels of the Church in Ghana.
The event, which began on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, is aimed at equipping and nurturing the musical gifts of members of the Church in order to make a more meaningful impact on their audience and enhance the worship of the Church.
Addressing the participants on Day 2 of the event, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, who has over 162 songs to his credit, read 1 Chronicles 23:1-5 and 1 Chronicles 25:1-8 to emphasize the need for persons with musical gifts to be nurtured and trained in order to make a more meaningful impact.
He said that it is God who deposits the gift of music in individuals in order to serve His purpose. Hence, people who have the gift for singing and composing music have specially been called into the music ministry to serve the Lord with their God-given talents.
Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, however, stated that the music ministry requires training in order to be effective.
He advised singers, instrumentalists and sound technicians/engineers in the Church to be humble and avail themselves for training in order to develop and maximize their gifts.
He advised them to also make the songs they minister part of them and not sing like secular musicians who are different from the songs they sing.
“Music should be part of you, understand it and let it speak to you, you must not be different from the song you sing,” he said.
Pastor Emmanuel Oppong Donkor, a member of the National Music Committee, also said that music is a significant part of our daily lives. According to him, music is as old as humans themselves because every aspect of the human being has a rhythm.
He said that in The Church of Pentecost, songs carry the theology and doctrines of the Church because they are based on Scripture.
He, therefore, stressed that musicians should sing with meaning in appreciation and acknowledgement of the lyrics of the song and not merely flow with the base and rhythm of the song.
According to him, music is powerful is has the ability to enhance the spirituality of individuals and strengthen them in times of difficulty. He said that music is one sure means through which the gospel message could imbibe by an individual.
Responding to a question from one of the participants, Pastor Oppong Donkor, said that not every song that has God or Jesus mentioned in it qualifies as a “gospel” or Christian song. He said that a gospel song must be based on scripture and must carry the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
The National Music Seminar, which is expected to end on Saturday, June 16, 2018, has in attendance the Chairman of the National Music Committee, Apostle A. L. Angoh, and Elder B. K. Bosumprah (Secretary), Frank Osei Wusu, Overseer Fred Amoakohene Sarpong, Elder E. K. Mireku, Mrs Margaret Darko, and Mrs Grace Gakpetor, all members of the National Music Committee of The Church of Pentecost.