The Deputy Director of the Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost (COP), Elder Prof. William Otoo Ellis has appealed to the leadership of the church at all levels to ensure that Children’s Ministry teachers and volunteers are provided with the requisite training and support to enable them to effectively impact the lives of the children entrusted to their care.
He explained that the church’s role in raising godly children should be consciously pursued in view of the fact that “there is a gradual and subtle attempt to take away or minimise the role of parents or guardians in effectively raising their own children through the “increasing rights systems”.
According to Elder Prof. Ellis, who is a former Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the children are key stakeholders in the realisation of the possessing the nations agenda of the church.
“As arrows, they are very powerful and potent but they need to be well nurtured and trained to enable them become the effective and efficient future generations and leaders of the church. This requires focus, patience and dedication to imprint godly values into the children,” he said.
He decried the fact that 85% of the influence on a child’s life comes from the home, adding that “with the increasing decline of parental guidance and control in the homes, the church through the children ministry leaders and volunteers must be supported to put the children on track to possess the nations.”
The Deputy Children’s Director made the appeal in a paper titled “Raising Godly Children to Possess the Nations,” which he delivered at the 7th Ministers and Wives’ Conference currently ongoing at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) in Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa.
Elder Prof. Ellis opined that the role of children in the “possessing the nations” agenda must be pursued with a battle intent. It is, therefore, the responsibility of all stakeholders especially the church to ensure that children teachers and volunteers are provided with enough resources both in terms of finances, logistics to enable them carry on their assignment of training and nurturing the children.
He also advised that the church to create conducive environment for the children to see the faith being practiced and encourage them to do same.
Elder Prof. William Otoo Ellis lauded the leadership of the church for the introduction of intergenerational services, where children are allowed to fellowship with the mother, describing it as “an excellent idea.” He, however, called on all members, particular church leaders, to buy into the idea in order to yield the desired results.