The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, has implored members and ministers of the Church to put in more effort to achieve the objectives and goals of Vision 2018.
Vision 2018 is a 5-year goal of the Church spanning from 2013 to 2018. The goal is toraise committed and spirit-filled disciples to impact generations. The theme for the 5-year period is: “Impacting Generations.”
The vision document aims at making a conscious effort toadequately prepare and hand over the leadership of the church to a generation that did not have a direct contact with the founding leaders of the Church.
“Everybody needs to pay attention to General Council decisions and church policies. The local assemblies must continue to be strengthened by encouraging Sunday worship services, Wednesday mid-week teaching services and Friday prayer meetings at the local level,” the Chairman said in his State-of-the-Church Address presented at the recently held 42nd Session of the General Council Meetings which took place from 10th to 14th May, 2016 at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC).
According to the Chairman, an evaluation of the operations and performance of the church in 2015 showed good progress being made at all levels towards the achievement of the church’s 5-year vision of impacting generations.
“There has been sustained effort towards the spiritual development of the church, demonstrated by the positive trend in the organisation of Bible Studies and Home Cells. A lot more members are frequently undertaking family devotions at home.
“Evangelism, discipleship and church planting continues to be strengthened thereby leading to appreciable growth in many areas of the church’s life.
“In the area of converts baptised in water between 2013 and 2015, the church recorded a worldwide total of 472,880 for the period. For the same period, Ghana recorded a total of 403,920 new converts who were baptised in water and integrated into the church.
“Despite the exercise which was conducted using the church’s register in 2014, which reduced the membership of the church in Ghana by 219,354, cumulatively, there has been an 8% growth in the worldwide membership of the church between 2013 and 2015, an average of 4% growth per annum.
“The worldwide membership of the church in 2013 stood at 2,419,074. At the end of December 2015, the figure was 2,612,618. Similarly, membership of the church in Ghana was 2,078,166 in 2013. This increased to 2,208,509 in 2015. This demonstrates a 6% growth in membership of the church in Ghana, an average of 3% growth per annum. During the same period, the church planted 2,854 new assemblies globally. In Ghana, the figure is 1,785.
“It is significant to note that in relation to Vision 2018, we projected to achieve 35% in overall church growth by the end of the Vision period. This translates into 7% growth per annum. The average of 3% growth per annum recorded here therefore means that we are lagging behind in terms of achievement of Vision 2018.
“However, this could be partly attributable to the exercise which was conducted using the church’s register in 2014, which reduced the membership of the church in Ghana by 219,354. The reduction of membership of 219, 354 depicted a decline of 219,354, which was 2.2% and 0.5% in the membership of the church in Ghana and worldwide respectively as a result of the inadequate understanding of the use of the new data collection tools that had been introduced.
“We are hopeful that as we get a clearer understanding of the use of the tools, this will be corrected in future years. Ministers and officers are encouraged to do due diligence in the collection of the data in subsequent years,” he indicated.
Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah further stated that theCOP continues to make a conscious effort to parent children and the youth which has resulted in a healthy relationship between the children, youth and officers of the church.
He stated: “Majority of the members testify that officers are now easily approachable and that the youth are given the opportunity to operate in the church. The church at all levels of administration is also utilizing more of the skills and competencies of professional members appropriately.”
The Chairman also indicated that there is improvement with respect to church welfare as the ‘We Care’ week celebration is more institutionalised with proceeds being used to take care of the needy, especially the aged, while many Areas, Districts and Local Assemblies are also running well-established scholarship schemes for brilliant but needy students.
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