The Tarkwa Area of The Church of Pentecost has inaugurated the Chieftaincy Ministry to provide chaplaincy services to members and non-members in the area who are chiefs, queens and royals.
The colourful ceremony, which took place on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the E. K. Memorial Worship Centre in Tarkwa, was chaired by the Area Head, Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker, who doubles as an Executive Council Member of the Church as well as the Western and Western North Regional Coordinator.
Speaking on the topic: “The Chief and Queen as an Agent of Transformation” with Matthew 20:25-28 as his main scripture reference, Apostle Dr. Walker admonished chiefs and queens to be agents of transformation in their areas of jurisdiction.
He further urged them to provide good leadership for their subjects by exhibiting the seven leadership qualities of Jesus.
These he mentioned as visionary leadership, servant leadership, team player, leadership with integrity, compassionate leadership, love, and finally leadership with authority but not abusing power.
He, therefore, urged the royals not to abuse their authority and position but to see it as an opportunity they have been given to serve the people.
He also urged them to lead their subjects with integrity, saying that this is why the adopted slogan for the Chieftaincy Ministry is “Royals, Ruling with Integrity.”
Apostle Dr. Walker bemoaned the impoverished state of the African continent despite the abundance of natural resources. He said that the bane of the continent continues to be poor leadership and therefore challenged Chiefs and Queens, who are revered leaders in society, to provide quality leadership in their respective jurisdictions in order to transform the nation.
The Chief of Essipon, Nana Kofi Abuna V, a Member of the National Executive Committee of the Chieftaincy Ministry and a special guest of honour, explained the missions and vision of the Chieftaincy Ministry and admonished Christian royals to be bold and avail themselves for enstoolment anytime the opportunity comes, bearing in mind that God is with them.
A nine-member Tarkwa Area Chieftaincy Committee was inaugurated to steer the affairs of the ministry in the Area.
Nana Adarkwa Bediako (Gyasehene, Apinto Traditional Area) co-chairs the committee with Nana Abena Kunadjoa II (Wassa Fiase Queen mother). Other members of the committee are Nana Essoun Ntuaben X (Ituma, Shama Odikro), Secretary, Pastor Robert Ebow Mensah (Pastor’s Representative), Nana Kwaku Twum (Brenakyim Odikro), Nana Badu Amoagu (Kangakrom Queen Mother), Nana Amankwa Gyebour (Kontinhene, Apinto), Nana Kesewaa (New Takoradi Queen Mother) and Dr. Elvis Bassowa
Nana Adarkwa Bediako in a brief response on behalf of the Committee expressed gratitude to God and the Area Head for the opportunity given them to serve the Lord in this special capacity. He also thanked the area pastorate and the entire church membership for making the inaugural service a success.
They also pledged their unflinching support and commitment to the charge given them.
The Chieftaincy Ministry was inaugurated as part of Vision 2023 (a five-year strategic plan of The Church of Pentecost), The committee is charged to mobilise and educate royals in the church to influence their spheres with the values and principles of the kingdom of God.
The Tarkwa Area Head also launched this year’s Environmental Care campaign at the event. According to him, this year’s campaign would focus on the recycling of plastic waste and tree planting.
Apostle Dr. Walker charged the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and other Security heads in attendance to enforce bye-laws on the sanitations to make the environment clean.
He also urged the chiefs and royals to take Environmental Care campaigns as a personal responsibility and to push it in their respective jurisdictions in order to make maximum impact.
Hon, Benjamin Kesse the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal, on his part, commended The Church of Pentecost for the continuous efforts toward environmental cleanliness and promised his outfits to support the campaign by enforcing the environmental bye-laws in the municipality.
Others present at the event were Pastor Edward Obeng-Debrah (GPCC Secretary, Tarkwa), Chief Supt. Thomas Ababio (District Police Commander, Tarkwa) and the D.O 3 Alex Assiam (Municipal Chief Fire Commander, Tarkwa)
Also present was Mrs. Irene Odi Walker (Wife of the Tarkwa Area Head), as well as the area pastorate and their wives.
Report By Tarkwa Area Media Team