In 2021, The Church of Pentecost opened 1,232 new Assemblies worldwide and created 136 Districts. Again in 2021, a total of 397,109 souls were won with 231,907, representing 58.4%, baptised in water. The Church’s overall membership also grew by 7.7%, reaching 3,901,400. To God be the glory.
| HEADQUARTERS ADMINISTRATION
As at the end of the year 2021, there were four hundred and six (406) non-ministerial staff on the official payroll of the Church. This number is made up of 222 employees at the Area offices and 184 at the head office.
| MEMBERSHIP ANALYSIS GROWTH
- Membership Growth Analysis – Worldwide
As at 31st December 2021, The Church of Pentecost operated in 136 nations with an overall worldwide total membership of 3,901,400 recording, a growth rate of 7.7% over the previous year. With a total membership of 3,333,654, the Church in Ghana constituted 85.4% of the worldwide total membership. The remaining 14.5% was accounted for by our external branches, including the two (2) autonomous nations (Benin and La Cote d’Ivoire), which total membership stood at 195,116. This is depicted in figure 1 below.
- Membership Growth Analysis – Ghana
The Church’s total membership in Ghana as at December 2021 was 3,333,654. This constituted approximately 10.8% of the total estimated 2021 Ghanaian population of 30,832,019. It also constituted approximately 15.2% of the total Christian population in Ghana, and 34.3% of the Pentecostal and Charismatic community in Ghana..
The youth continued to make up the largest segment of 43.0% of the Church’s membership as compared to 41.6% in 2020. Children membership constituted 32.0%, while membership of those above 35 years constituted 25%. This means, as at December ending 2021, the children and the youth membership of The Church of Pentecost represented about 75.0% of the Church’s total membership. This represents an improvement over that of the previous year which stood at 73.9%.
Dearly beloved, these figures give an indication that The Church of Pentecost, as shown in the past years, continues to be largely made up of young people. The consistency of this trend affirms the understanding that the prospects of the Church’s growth lie with the youth and children. This understanding should guide us in planning for activities and programmes at all levels of the Church.
- Membership Growth Analysis – External Branches
In 2021, membership in the non-autonomous nations increased by 28,673, bringing to total an overall membership of 372,706.
As at December 2021, the external branches of the Church, operating in one hundred and thirty-five (135) nations across the world, recorded an overall membership of five hundred and sixty-seven thousand, seven hundred and forty-six (567,746), witnessing a percentage increase of 4.9%.
| EVANGELISM & CHURCH PLANTING
- Worldwide Analysis
In 2021, the Church worldwide, as at December 2021, had a total of 24,773 Assemblies and 2,758 Districts.
- Ghana Analysis
As at December 2021, therefore, the Church had a total of 1,571 Districts and 18,240 local Assemblies in Ghana. The total number of administrative Areas now stands at 73.
- External Missions Analysis
As at December 2021 therefore, the total number of Assemblies in our external missions numbered 6,533 while that of the Districts numbered 2,915.
| INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
At the end of the 2021 reporting year, the number of nations in which the Church was operating, aside Ghana, had increased from 109 in the previous year to 136.
- Field Personnel
The total number of ministers in the missions field increased from one thousand, one hundred and fifty-five (1,155) in 2020 to one thousand, two hundred and fifty-nine (1,259) in 2021. The number of missionaries remains fifty-seven (57) as it was in 2020, with three (3) being missionary attachés. Twenty-four (24) of the missionaries were from Ghana, while the remaining thirty-three (33) were from the various nations as indicated: Benin (1), Burundi (1), Cote d’Ivoire (5), Gabon (1), Mozambique (1), Senegal (1), Togo (3) Belgium (1), Germany (2), Italy (2), Switzerland (2), The Netherlands (3), United Arab Emirates (1), UK (4), and USA (5).
| INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
In the area of accommodation for Ministers, it was reported that, one thousand, four hundred and eighty-seven (1,487) out of one thousand, five hundred and seventy-one (1,571) District Ministers, representing 94.7% and seventy (70) out of seventy-three (73) Area heads (95.9%) in Ghana were living in Church-owned accommodation as at December 2021. The rest of the ministers lived in either rented houses or had free accommodation. We continue to thank God for His provisions.