The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has expressed that the Church as an institution is both an organism and an organisation.
According to him, the Church is an organism because it has life in itself that must be sustained; on the other hand, the Church is also an organisation with structures that requires good leadership and wisdom to manage.
Speaking on the topic: “Welcome To The Church” at the Ministers and Wives’ retreat on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 as part of his visit to the Ashanti Region, the Chairman explained that the life of the church is sustained through spiritual disciplines such as holiness, ministry of the word of God, fasting and prayer etc.
He, however, added that the organizational aspect of the Church is also very important in building God’s Church and this requires good leadership, wisdom and tact on the part of the minister.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye observed that in some cases ministers have failed live up to their ministerial mandate because they only focused on the spiritual aspect of the Church to the detriment of its physical structures.
“Similarly, some ministers are good organisers or have good administrative abilities, but have no life in their churches. It, therefore, takes a pastor/leader to build the Church of God because the Church is both an organism and an organisation.
“In building the Church of God, it requires consistent prayer to sustain the life of the Church (the Holy Spirit), and hard thinking to be able to manage the administrative structures of the Church,” he said.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, therefore, urged ministers to always have this understanding of the Church, as both an organism and an organisation, in mind as they discharge the duties of the ministry.
The Chairman also encouraged ministers and their wives to depend on God alone for their supplications. He urged ministers’ wives, in particular, to be committed and faithful to their ministerial calling and offer the needed support to their husbands in discharging the work of the ministry. He explained that although women are not ordained as full-time ministers in The Church of Pentecost, ministers’ wives are regarded as part of the full-time ministry.
He, therefore, advised ministers and their wives not to renege on their ministerial duties in search of greener pastures but join hands together in working hard to lead many souls into the Kingdom of God.
Reading from 1 Corinthians 9:19-20 and 2 Timothy 1:9, among other scriptures, Apostle Eric Nyamekye explained that the clergy are people who have been entrusted with the holy things of God. The holy things of God, he said, include God’s children, offerings and other physical structures of the Church. He, therefore, advised ministers to take good care of the flock entrusted to them by spending quality time on them in order to meet their physical and spiritual needs.
He further noted that the children of God have been called to holy living, hence the ministers who have been called to lead them must not live unholy/crooked lives. Instead, every minister must possess and demonstrate good and exemplary qualities as listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
“These qualities are not only prerequisite for full-time ministry, but the standards for the full-time ministry that ought to be maintained,” he cautioned.