Convention News And Updates
- The Church Is Not Exploiting Members – GBC President
The Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi has vehemently debunked the perception that churches are exploiting their members to enrich themselves, at the expense of driving development.
“For some time now, the Church in Ghana has been accused of only collecting tithes and offering from members but have not done anything for society,” the reverend minister lamented.
He believed that the perception is a falsehood, as the Church from time immemorial had played its role as an agent of development with the provision of schools, hospitals, orphanages, water projects, programmes for street children and many others.
However, he blamed it on the bad nuts that are bringing shame and disgrace to Christendom, saying: “It is sad to say such accusations are raised against the Church because so-called ministers of the gospel are using the gospel for their personal gains.”
He then debunked the attack on the Church in Ghana that it only collecting tithes and offering from members but has not done anything for society. He however, faulted the Church for not being able to tell its own story of the number of social intervention it is undertaking.
As part of measures to let the people of Ghana and the world know how the church had been a key partner in development, the GBC would launch Shalom Broadcasting Network that would tell the story of the Church.
Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi said this whilst giving his acceptance speech during his induction ceremony as the Executive President of the GBC and Rev. Enoch. Thompson as Vice President Ministries last Thursday in Accra. This was hoped to prepare youth to take up leadership positions in the Church and country. He said: “Strategic attention would be given to the development of the next generation of leaders for the Convention. I will encourage especially those between 25 to 40 years to make themselves available for training, mentorship and coaching to prepare you to take over the mantle from the current generation.”
The mentorship programme would be facilitated by a team of high qualified professionals within the denomination, who have been assembled to lead this programme with success training institute of USA to provide another level of professionalism for our members.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo-Darko, former Vice President, GBC, in a sermon dubbed “Serving to please the master”, stated categorically that any church practicing anything other than the word of God is being lawless.
He wondered why statistics had it that over 70 percent of the Ghanaian population is dominated by Christians yet rots and indiscipline had taken root in the society.
To him, either the churches are deviating from their core mandates of championing discipline and evangelism or are being occupied by establishing businesses, schools, hospitals and building flamboyant church buildings
According to him, it was the responsibility of the Church to teach their members how to know and accept Christ, and do His will, since it is only through righteousness that a nation can progress, saying “if our nation is not progressing, the onus is actually on the church which is supposed, not only having the key to lead people righteousness.”
Although he would not support the government to put in place legislation that will streamline the organisations and establishment of churches, he charged the various Christian bodies to set regulative mechanism to check members.
Rev. Dr. Amoo-Darko further urged people not to only rely on the scriptures but use their God given conscience as well to ascertain whether the supposed church they have intended to attend is true Church of God.
“If you attend a church that you are told to eat grass…or the pastor says he has to sleep with you before you can gets pregnant for your husband and you do it, you are not being human,” he added.
By Bernice Bessey – The Chronicle Online
- VEEP JOINS NALERIGU BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTRE TO MARK 60 YEARS
Popularly known as BMC, it was established in August 1958 by the then International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention of the USA to provide quality medical services to the people of Ghana.
It currently serves more than 200 patients a day and carries about 5,000 surgeries yearly. Furthermore, it does more than 3,000 deliveries annually. Records show that 51 years ago doctors at the BMC achieved the feat of carrying out the first cornea transplant in the country.
At a durbar to climax the 60th anniversary celebration last Thursday, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that “not many people know that you provide free nutrition services to malnourished clients and that your unique way of treating malnourished children is one of the best in the country.”
He commended the management and staff of the BMC for the 60 years of excellent health care delivery and encouraged them to continue to exhibit dedication and professionalism in their work as a medical team.
Officials of the Baptist Medical Centre later presented a citation to the Dr. Bawumia and the Overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Bohigu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga in recognition of their contributions to the growth of the BMC.
The Minister for Local Government and MP for Nalerigu, Hajia Alima Mahama, other government officials and long serving staff were also honoured.
The center was established through the instrumentality of the late Overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Sheriga Abdulai, father of the Nayiri, the current overlord of Mamprugu who provided 746 acres for the hospital.
Others who played significant roles are the late Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, former Chairman of the Council of State and father of Vice President Bawumia.
In recognition of its remarkable contribution to health care delivery, especially in rural Ghana, the State in 1997 conferred on BMC and the entire staff a Grand Medal of Ghana (Honorary Division).
- Vacancy Announcement: Manager BVTC (Baptist Vocational Training Center)
The Ghana Baptist Convention is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons as Manager, Baptist Vocational Training Centre, Frankadua.
- Vacancy Announcement: Accountant
The Ghana Baptist Convention is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons as Accountant.
Reporting directly to the Director, Finance, the person will be responsible for the implementation of approved financial /management accounting systems, policies/procedures to ensure prudent financial management to support the operations of the Convention.
- 38 Baptist Pastors Ordained
The Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC) has ordained 38 pastors during an ordination service at the closing ceremony of its 55th annual session, which was held at the Baptist Women’s Retreat Centre at Ejura, in the Ejura/Sekyedumase municipality in the Ashanti region.
The four-day convention of the church started on Tuesday August 29, 2018, and ended on Saturday September 1, 2018.
The executive president of GBC, Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, called on the newly ordained pastors, including three females, to avoid ministerial jealousy and refuse to measure their effectiveness by the number of their church members in their quest to propagate the gospel to the world.
He charged the pastors to rejoice in the successes of their colleagues and avoid being jealous of their seeming breakthrough.
“Rejoice in the successes of others because God has called us into different ministries with different gifts”, he said, and further admonished: “If another colleague of yours is being used in another ministry, rejoice in that”.
Dr. Adu-Gyamfi explained that ministerial call is a very lonely profession, hence the need for pastors to keep close to their wives wherever they go. Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi and his deputy, Enoch N.N. Thomson, were retained by the convention to steer its affairs.
The Baptist Prelate further told the new pastors to make time to live with their children and family.
Apostle Jude Hama, former president of the Scripture Union, who delivered the sermon, urged the pastors to keep their head up in all situations and endure hardship. He also urged them to preach and evangelise to the world.
He further advised them to aim to wear the crown of righteousness and loyalty, adding that they should never give up in answering to the call to minister the word.
- Don’t measure your effectiveness by numbers in Churches – Rev. Dr. E. Adu-Gyamfi
Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, President of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC) has urged Ministers of the Convention not to measure their effectiveness by the numbers in their Churches.
He also advised them to rejoice in the success of their colleague pastors and keep themselves away from ministerial jealousies in the work of God.
Rev Adu-Gyamfi gave the advice to the 38 newly ordained ministers at the closing ceremony of the 55th Annual Session of the GBC at Ejura in the Ashanti Region at the weekend.
The four-day annual session which was on the theme: “Kingdom Loyalty for Accelerated Development,” brought together members of the convention across the country, Africa and the World and head pastors of other churches to solidarised with the Convention.
It climaxed with praises and thanksgiving for their lives and how far God had brought the Convention and said the call to ministry was a great job and that there was a solemn responsibility in Christian Ministry.
The Executive President charged the ministers to make preaching of the gospel their priority and find time to renew and upgrade their knowledge by reading the Bible on daily basis.
He said the most sacred thing ministers should do was to be taking serious rest, adding that, the call to ministry was a lonely professional job and must draw their wives closer to them.
Rev Adu-Gyamfi stressed the need for the ministers to read wide to acquire more knowledge that would be impacted in the coming generation. “Don’t go and undermine the senior pastors in your churches but, you should respect them and be role models to the coming generations”.
Apostle Jude Hama, Former President of the Scripture Union in a sermon also advised ministers of the GBC to be sober-minded and fulfil their ministerial duties diligently devoid of misconceptions.
He said pastors and ministers in Christianity must preach the word of God and not opinions and philosophies and that there were many charlatans in the in Christendom this times.
Apostle Hama said pastors must be loyal, truthful and God fearing to their congregations no matter what hard times they go through and that determination, commitment and hard work was the key to the success of every situation.
He asked them to set the pace for the younger generation to emulate by been respectful, humble and peace loving people in society as Christians must live to the life of Jesus Christ and what he practised.