The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, has called on management and staff of the Church’s Head Office to commit themselves to the values and principles of the Kingdom of God both within and outside the office.
According to him, the call is important because the Head Office is the centre of the Church’s administrative structure.
“It is therefore of much interest to me to stress here that we must be at the forefront in exhibiting these values and principles in our day to day activities.
“In view of this, the administrative and financial policies of the Church, as well as the ethics of the job, will be given a renewed attention. We must lead for others to follow and remember, new wine must be put in a new wineskin,” he said.
The Chairman said this in his opening address at the 22nd Head Office Management and Staff Retreat at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh on Monday, December 17, 2018.
Touching on the new vision of the Church dubbed “Vision 2023” which seeks among other things to build on the successes achieved by his predecessors, the Chairman said he foresees a refreshed church that equips and releases its members into ministry as agents of transformation wherever they may be.
He said the overall goal of Vision 2023 is to see a church where members go to possess their nations by transforming every worldview, thought and behaviour with values, principles, and lifestyles of the Kingdom of God and thereby turning many people to Christ.
Apostle Nyamekye, however, said that in spite of the Church’s impressive achievements over the years, there is a lot more to be done, saying, “Our societies and nations are still influenced by worldviews, thoughts, and arguments which contradict the knowledge of God.
“It is not that God does not have the power to accomplish the redemption of the nations. His great love does not fall short of this goal. Rather, many churches’ lack of understanding of God’s purpose for the Church keeps the nations bound in darkness to false religions, lust for power, greed and all forms of evil. False teachings confuse many Christians and thus frustrate their witness.
“As a church, it is time for us to focus a lot more attention on the practice of being God’s representative on earth. The Church has to focus on being salt and light in this perverse world in order to transform the spiritual, social, economic and political fabric of the nations. We believe that the destiny of our nations is in the hands of the Churches.
“Vision 2023 is an attempt to challenge the church to leave the building. We must move beyond seeing Sunday services as the arena for serving God. If we hope to make a difference in a hopeless world, the church must send and our people must go to take the nations for Christ.”
This year’s staff retreat is under the theme, “I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18, Titus 2:13-14). This theme is also the 2019 theme for the Church.
According to the Chairman, the purpose of the next year’s theme is to help bring to the fore, the understanding of the dual purpose of the Church; that the Church is called out of the world to belong to God and sent back to the world to witness and to serve.