Reverend Michael Kofi Sowu, a former Dean of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC) School of Theology and Ministry, has urged Minister’s of the Gospel to preach virtues and let integrity be the hallmark of their achievement.
According to him, members of the clergy could not concentrate their preaching on the prosperity of the Gospel when they do not have integrity before the congregation.
Rev. Sowu was giving a sermon at the closing ceremony of the 54th Annual Session of the GBC at Ejura in the Ashanti Region at the weekend.
The session also saw the ordination of a 41 new ministers of God of the convention.
Speaking at the ordination ceremony on the theme “Christian Discipline for Holistic Development,” Rev. Sowu tasked ministers of God to always be determined to succeed through the gospel, and not by dubious means.
He added that good character was one of the values of a good Christian and advised the ministers of God to have good character and imbibe same into their congregants and the coming generation.
While charging the ministers of the Gospel to make the acquisition of knowledge a priority to achieve their set target, the former Dean said one of the major things that make ministers of God achieve their targets in life through the gospel was the vision instituted by themselves.
Rev. Sowu challenged the new pastors to be focused, lead lives of emulation and assist in the educational and health activities of the church.
He also asked the church and the ministers to be strong, remain committed and work for the Baptist church.
Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, the executive president of the GBC, advised the newly ordained ministers to be respectful and abide by the constitution of the church.
He said some newly ordained ministers abandoned the Baptist faith and disrespectfully rubbed shoulders with their senior pastors, adding that, the act was contrary to the convention faith.
Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi further tasked the new ministers to make evangelism the ultimate goal in their career as ministers of God and teach what the bible says in order to spread the gospel with commitment and truth.
He added that, there were a lot of social vices going on in the country which adversely affect the youth for which some pastors are the cause for not teaching their congregants the truth.
He therefore charged the new pastors to serve the church which ordained them as ministers and preach the gospel.
The ordination ceremony coincided with the closing ceremony of the 54 GBC’s annual session at Ejura in the Ashanti region.
As part of the ordination, holy oil was poured on their heads, while high ranking ministers of the church prayed for them.
The ordination ceremony and the annual session brought together delegates from the various Baptist member-churches, as well as senior pastors, members of denominational board and sector heads.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba