Story by: Rev. Emmanuel Wiafe, KNUST, Kumasi.
In a resounding address to the 2024 National Ministers’ Conference of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kofi Amfo Akonnor, President, NMC sets the tone under the theme “Fulfilling your Ministry to the End as a Presbyterian Minister” (1 Tim. 6:12). He highlighted the challenging times faced by the church, particularly amid a period of declining Christianity. As he puts it, Christian membership is growing, but commitment is declining.
Emphasizing the Minister’s pivotal roles, especially during times of societal flux, Rev. Dr. Amfo Akonnor drew on the prophetic voice of Amos 7:14-15, saying, “… ‘Go, prophesy to my people…” He stressed that the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has the responsibility to address pertinent issues, notably those surrounding the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections and challenges related to the LGBTQIA+.
On the ecclesiastical theme, “Jesus Christ, The Alpha and Omega” (Rev. 1:8; 21:6), he explained that it encapsulates Christ’s significance as both the beginning and end. Touching on the conference theme, he explained that, in 1 Tim. 6:12, Paul commanded Timothy to flee from sin and temptation and admonished him with a list of positive character traits to pursue. He urged Ministers to pursue the same to fulfil our ministry to the end as Presbyterian Ministers.
Key issues of concern he raised for Conference consideration included model schools for children of Ministers in deprived areas, consolidation of Minister’s allowances, rehabilitation centres for Ministers facing challenges, overseas Ministers’ welfare, and basic qualifications for entry into the PCG Ministry. He further indicated the increase of Ministers’ welfare benefits, and that all Tent-Ministers are being incorporated into the Agents’ Welfare.
As the Guest of Honour and Chairman of the official opening of the conference, Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham N. Opare Kwakye, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, ably assisted by the Clerk of GA, Rev. Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, urged members to prioritize fellowship and rest for effective ministry amid all challenges this year.
In a collective effort, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and its ministers stand poised to fulfil their ministry to the end, facing adversities with unwavering commitment. The conference provided a platform for unity, reflection, and a strategic roadmap for navigating the challenges and prospects that lie ahead.
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