The Nkwanta Area of The Church of Pentecost, under the leadership of Pastor Seth Dwamena Asante, has inaugurated the Chieftaincy Ministry to provide chaplaincy services to the chiefs, queens and royals in the Area.
The ceremony, which took place on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Nkwanta Central Assembly auditorium, was officiated by Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (National Coordinator, Chieftaincy Ministry), who is also the PEMEM Director and an Executive Council Member of the Church.
Speaking on the topic, “The Divine Order for Kings” (Proverb 16:10-15), Aps. Anane Denteh said, among other things, that God spoke to His people in times past through kings.
He said that the bloodline of an individual is what qualifies them to be a royal; it is not conferred on an individual or through an election.
He added that it is the Sovereign Lord who establishes Kingship and that His kingship is eternal (1 Timothy 1:17).
He urged all royals gathered to their reign be rooted in the Lord, establish their thrones on righteousness, and always sing praises to God because it is a divine order (Psalm 47:6-7).
Apostle Anane Denteh encouraged the chiefs, the queens and the royals to note that God is compassionate and powerful, and He would not hurt or destroy them with His power but rather to protect them.
He also urged kings to use their power for development and not confusion.
“God is just, so you must also be just and show fairness to people. God is honest and, therefore, you must also learn to be honest in your dealings with people,” he said.
Apostle Anane Denteh said that the five-year strategic vision of the Church (Vision 2023) gives critical attention to the chieftaincy institution and reiterated that the ministry would continue to provide chaplaincy services to the royals.
Concluding his message with 1 Samuel 8:1-5, Apostle Anane Denteh said that the chieftaincy institution is highly honoured in society, hence, to maintain this, royals must uphold Kingdom values and principles.
“Please do not rule anyhow, else your subjects will one day rise against you,” he advised.
After the sermon, the PEMEM Director proceeded to induct the Nkwanta Area Chieftaincy Ministry Committee members into office.
The committee members are Elder Nana Abass Budu (Chairman, the Chief of Adele tribe), Elder Ubor Daniel Labasi (Secretary, Likpakpaani Abor), Elder James Nikpilinkina (Kpassa Mmrante Hene), Elder Amenyo Sampson Begyina II (Kyidom Hene, Nturobo Traditional Area), Deaconess Attabaso (Queen mother, Akyode tribe), Deaconess Ama Afrakoma (Queen mother’s Linguist, Akan’s Tribe), Pastor Michael Osei- Frempong (Area PEMEM Leader) and Overseer Maxwell Doku (Area Chieftaincy Coordinator)
In his remarks, Elder Ubor Tassan Konja VI, a National Chieftaincy Ministry Executive Committee member and the Chief of Kpassa Traditional Area, commended the National and Area Leadership for their initiatives and encouraged all royals to surrender their lives to Christ.
The Chairman of the newly inaugurated committee, Nana Abass Budu, expressed gratitude to God and the leadership of the Church for this vision.
He assured the church that the committee would do well to discharge their outlined duties to the best of their abilities and competencies. He, therefore, pleaded for the support of the pastorate and the chiefs.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by 65 chiefs, four paramount chiefs, 50 queen mothers, 60 linguists, six Muslims, other royals and church members.
Also present at the meeting were the area pastorate and their wives. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion included Nana Amoah Boafo (Paramount Chief of Akyoede tribe, Nwanta), Nana Kobla Agampawo II (Paramount Chief of Challa tribe in Kabiti), and Dasebere Oduro Gurani I (Paramount Chief of Dodo Traditional Area).
The Kinachu dancers (Konkomba’s, Kpassa) Akyoede tribe (Nkwanta), and the Adele tribe from Nkwanta gave an outstanding cultural display at the event.
Report by Overseer Maxwell Doku (Area Chieftaincy Coordinator)