A residential retreat has been organized for all ministers and wives in the Sawla Area of The Church of Pentecost, with a call for them to embrace “Vision 2028” with the spirit of excellence to transform the world.
The two-day retreat, initiated by the Area Head, Pastor Frederick Obboh, was held to shed light on the new five-year strategic vision of the church, dubbed “Possessing the Nations (Phase 2)”. It also meant to share the rationale behind the 2024 theme of the Church and discuss other issues arising from the recently held Heads’ meeting at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.
The event, themed “Pursuing the Vision with the Spirit of Excellence,” began on Wednesday, November 21, 2023, at Sawla English Assembly auditorium and saw all 27 ministers and wives in attendance.
In his address during the opening session, Pastor Obboh spoke on the topic “The Importance of Vision for a Leader,” with scripture reference from Acts 1:8.
The Area Head emphasised the need for leaders to have a vision, stating that it drives their agenda and passion, guiding them to avoid mistakes and achieve set objectives.
Pastor Obboh highlighted the church’s vision for the next five years, where the church, having been called out from the world and equipped, is now being unleashed into the world to be catalysts, and serve as “Salt and Light.”
He further explained that the church is being unleashed to serve as change agents to transform their world and influence their spheres with the principles of the kingdom of God.
According to him, the focus of Vision 2028, is to see the church lead great transformation and awakening in all spheres of human endeavour to make the kingdoms of the world the kingdom of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“This places a responsibility on every member to strive to proclaim the gospel using all available means everywhere, to minister and bring transformation,” he said.
Reading from Ecclesiastes 9:10, Pastor Obboh admonished ministers to strive and run with the vision, achieving results for the leadership, families, and ultimately, God who redeemed them to be agents of transformation.
The ministers and their wives were also taken through some issues of concern emerging from Vision 2028 for their attendance and compliance.
As part of the retreat, the ministers held a five-hour prayer marathon to intercede for the church, Vision 2028, and the Church leadership, among other concerns.
The second day of the retreat saw the Area Head’s wife, Mrs. Joana Mina Obboh, speak on the topic “Excelling as a Minister’s Wife.”
In her presentation, Mrs. Joana Obboh challenged the women to be ministers’ wives of prayer to support their spouses’ ministry.
“Become the pillar behind the power demonstrated in the ministry of your husband,” she urged.
Reading from Judges 4:1-9; 5:7, Mrs. Obboh underscored the importance of women as great supporters and partners to the success of the ministry of their husbands.
She called on ministers and wives to strive for excellence in every aspect of their ministry, emphasising the need for modesty, humility, pragmatism, prayer, and maintaining a great sense of decorum.
“The minister’s wife must be an example in everything to the women,” she noted.
The retreat brought fresh fire as the entire sessions were filled with Spirit-led discussions and spontaneity, sparking great enthusiasm in the hearts of all participants.
Report by Overseer Jones Dwomoh Amankwah