The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has advised Christian clerics to portray good character in order to have a positive impact on their ministry.
Apostle Nyamekye said this on Thursday when he met with ministers and wives of The Church of Pentecost in the Cotonou Region at the Zogbo auditorium as part of his working visit to Benin.
Speaking on the topic: “The Minister and his Ministry,” the Chairman said that God has entrusted His mysteries (His flock and sacred resources) to the clergy, adding that, they must faithfully guard them through prayer and fasting and ensure that they serve His intended purpose on earth.
Quoting 1 Corinthians 3:7, Apostle Nyamekye explained that the character of a minister is very critical in their ability to discharge their God-given mandate effectively.
He said that ministry is a ‘life-giving vocation’ because it is essentially about the outflow of divine life through mortal vessels. The effect of the flow of divine life, he said, is what causes a revival in the Church and the nations.
He, therefore, noted that for revival to take place, God requires a special kind of people, particularly ministers, to avail themselves as vessels through whom the life of God would flow into the Church and the nations.
“Christ is looking for men who understand their calling and are willing to go all out and affect (impact) the nations,” he said.
Apostle Nyamekye also stated that ministers must lead godly lifestyles so that their followers (God’s children) could feed off them, stressing that, “the character of the minister should be able to influence a generation to focus on God.”
He, therefore, urged ministers to regard church members as ‘special people’ bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ and called to a life of righteousness and holiness.
The Chairman said that due to the mandate the Lord has given to ministers, He is always ready to pour out His Spirit on them, pointing out that, it is incumbent on the ministers to make themselves available and always position themselves to receive from God to cause the desired effect in the nations.
He further advised ministers to be faithful and eschew dishonest gains, work on their hearts and selflessly serve the members as God expects. He also advised them to avoid selfish ambitions and not to lord over the members.
He charged the ministers to develop godly virtues and traits such as humility, gentleness, kindness, among others so that they would serve as worthy examples for others.
Apostle Nyamekye encouraged the ministers to be humble and live in harmony with one another.
“When you pursue these acts of humility in your administration, the Lord will lift you, and it would shield you from evil,” he said.
The Chairman was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Mary Nyamekye, as well as Apostle Peter Dzemekey (Aflao Area Head), Apostle Gabriel Kpokame (Guinea Conakry National Head), and Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo (Home & Urban Missions Coordinator).