The current membership of the Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost is over a million, and this accounts for 8.5% of the total population of children in Ghana, the Children’s Ministry Director, Pastor Professor William Otoo Ellis, has revealed.
Pastor Prof. Ellis said this yesterday during the launch of the ministry’s 50th-anniversary celebration at the McKeown Temple, Ashaiman.
In his address at the event, the Director said that the Children’s Ministry has come a long way since its introduction 50 years ago.
According to him, the Lord, through the ministry, has raised many great men and women of God who now serve as ambassadors of the ministry in the church and various spheres.
He said that the ministry remains committed to its mandate of raising godly children who would become godly adults and positively impact the Church and the nations.
Highlighting the Golden Jubilee celebration, Pastor Prof. Ellis said that, among other things, the event would grant the ministry the opportunity to take stock of the work done in the last 50 years, learn from our failures, and strategise for a more glorious future.
The Children’s Ministry was initiated in The Church of Pentecost in 1972 by some illustrious women in the church and has evolved over the years to become a full-fledged ministry of the Church. The Children Ministry has turned 50 this year, and to mark this momentous milestone, the ministry has outlined some special activities for the anniversary celebration.
The golden jubilee celebration is being held under the theme: “Celebrating 50 Years of God’s Goodness in Equipping Children to Possess the Nations” (Psalm 100:5, Proverbs 22:6) and would be climaxed in September during the annual Children’s Week celebration.
The historic event was officially launched today by the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, on behalf of the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye. The General Secretary was assisted by the patron of the Children’s Ministry, Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (PEMEM Director and Executive Council Member), Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis (Children’s Ministry Director) and other ministers of the Church.
A major highlight of the celebration is the “50 for 50” evangelistic initiative, where the Children’s Ministry of the various local assemblies of the Church have been tasked to win and maintain at least 50 souls for Christ by September this year.
“The ‘50 for 50’ would serve as a thanksgiving offering to the Lord for goodness,” Prof. Ellis said.
He further noted that assemblies that are able to achieve the set target would be acknowledged for their efforts and would have their names inscribed on a plaque of honour for posterity to see their noble feat.
As part of the celebration, the ministry has also introduced a drawing competition for children of 12 years and below.