A three-day orientation programme was organised for newly appointed Area Heads, Ministry Directors and other new appointees of The Church of Pentecost
The event, which took place at the Pentecost Pensions Guesthouse, Gbawe from September 8 to 10, 2020, was aimed at equipping and preparing participants for their new roles.
Present at the event were the Principal Officers of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman), Apostle ANY Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary) and Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo (International Missions Director), as well as Prophet David Kankam (Executive Council Member and Ashaiman Area Head), Apostle Dr Daniel Walker (Executive Council Member and Chancellor for Pentvars) and Apostle Dr Dela Quampah (PIWC-Odorkor and Executive Council Member)
Addressing participants on the first day of the event, the Chairman reminded church leaders that they have been called to a holy life and should therefore live as such. (Ephesians 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:7)
He also said that for the authority bestowed on them to be effective it must be backed by divine power. To achieve this, he urged them to always wait upon the Lord and seek His knowledge through the consistent study of His word.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye urged them to seek to learn of Jesus, drink on the Holy Ghost and feed on the Word and work hard at increasing their capacity.
The Chairman explained that authority is given by a higher authority (Numbers 27:20), and for this reason, the leader to which the authority has been given is always accountable to the source of his or her authority. He, therefore, cautioned them to exercise their authority within its remit because just as it is given, authority could be taken away (Daniel 4:31, Ezra 7:24).
The participants were taken through some of their administrative responsibilities and what is expected of them by the General Secretary.
Pastor Dr Nicholas Darko (the outgoing Finance and Administration Director) and Elder Samuel Mantey (Acting Human Resource Manager) also took their turns to take the participants through the administrative structures, financial controls, labour act, administrative manual and the conditions of service for staff of the Headquarters.
The Senior Statistician of the church, Elder Daniel Tetteh pointed out some of the challenges in data collection and proposed some basic functional skills to help them supervise and monitor the collection of reliable Church data to enhance data credibility in the church.
In the course of the event, the immediate-past Youth Director, Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron, Apostle Francis Ofori Yeboah (Rtd.) and Apostle Anthony Ahalivor (Rtd.) were invited to share some practical and personal experiences in ministry with the participants.
Other topics treated were: “The Pastor/Director Leader” and “Managing Meetings (Mobilising People to Achieve)” by Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as well as, “Enhancing Your Supervisory Role – The Church of Pentecost Context” by Apostle Francis Ofori Yeboah (Rtd.)
The event ended on Thursday, September 10, 2020, with a clarion call on participants to apply all the knowledge gained for an effective ministry so as to accelerate the church’s vision of “Possessing the Nations.”