Newly appointed Area Heads, Apostles and Ministry Directors of The Church of Pentecost have been admonished to work diligently and be productive.
The Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, made the call during the opening session of the 2019 Orientation for newly appointed Area Heads, Apostles and Ministry Directors and their wives at the Headquarters, La-Accra on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
According to the Chairman, leadership is not about showmanship but instead, working diligently to produce results. “Leadership is not to make your friends admire you and your enemies to fear you,” he stated.
He added: “God has already made you big people by calling you into these positions, so don’t try to make yourselves bigger than what God has already made you.”
Speaking on the topic, “When You Become A King” (Deuteronomy 17:14-20), the Chairman explained three key things that God directed the kings of Israel to do in order to safeguard their monarchies.
First, God directed the kings not to acquire many horses for themselves. The Chairman explained that a horse was a symbol of majesty (beauty, elegance and strength), which tells of the greatness of a king. He stated that the greatness of kingship enhanced their pride.
He noted that as the horse wishes to let its beauty and elegance to be seen by all, people in leadership positions have a similar tendency to show off their power. He, therefore, advised Christian leaders to avoid showing off their power since it is by the grace of God that they have been made leaders over others.
Second, God told the kings not to take many wives. Apostle Nyamekye cautioned ministers to take a cue from the life of King David, though his heart was after God he fell when he saw the nakedness of a woman, saying, “Nobody should think that he is spiritual; be careful of naked women.”
Third, God instructed the kings not to accumulate much wealth. According to the Chairman, money is a god in itself and can lead people astray and therefore should be handled with care. “Money is powerful and can turn people’s heart away from God. He entreated the newly called leaders to be content with the little that God has blessed them with.
Touching on the essence of the orientation, the Chairman entreated them to avail themselves for teaching in order to avoid common mistakes others have done in the past.
“Orientations are good because it helps you to be a better person,” he said, adding, “As heads, we should be available for God to teach us. All of us need teachers to impact on our ministry. Moses took the advice of Jethro, his father-in-law and that helped him to get to a higher height in his leadership position.”
The International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, seized the opportunity to welcome the recalled missionaries who have been appointed as Area Heads in Ghana.
The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, walked the participants through the Ministerial Handbook.
There were presentations by Pastor Dr Nicholas Darko (Finance and Administration Director), Elder Nicholas Sarpong Kumankoma (Chief Human Resource Manager), Pastor Emmanuel Kwafo (Home and Urban Missions Coordinator) and Probationary Overseer Alex Nyame (Persons With Disabilities Coordinator).