Gospel Ministers advised to stop advertising themselves

Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, has advised pastors and ministers of the gospel to desist from advertising themselves and their titles and rather, concentrate on the spreading of the gospel.

He was worried that most pastors these days were shifting the focus from Christ, who should be the basis for the ministry, to themselves and would rather preach prosperity than salvation.

According to him, such practices did not augur well for Christianity and not a good mark of leadership.

Rev. Frimpong-Manso, said this when he addressed the participants at the 30th Annual Ministers’ Conference of the Ghana Baptist Convention at Ejura, in the Ejura-Sekyedumasi municipality.

It was on the theme: ‘The Motivated Minister: an Asset for Kingdom Development.”

Prof Frimpong-Manso asked ministers to let the desire to please God be the only motivation to join the ministry and not to seek self-glorification and materialism move to things that did not promote Christianity.

The leader of the Assemblies of God Church, said aside the zeal to serve God as the prime motivation to join the ministry, pastors should also be willing to leave legacy as a testimonial of their stewardship.

He explained that no matter how little, “one should not leave the ministry until you are able to leave a legacy.”

The Minister admonished pastors to watch their utterances and way of life as their followers watch whatever they do and follow them accordingly.

“Don’t be ashamed to associate yourself with the church and do not say bad things about your church,” he admonished.

According to him, the leadership of the church also had a duty to ensure that their pastors were well catered for in order for them not to indulge in things that tend to give ministers a bad name.

The president of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, who is also the chairman of the Christian Council, said the Baptist Church in Ghana has been growing in leaps and bounds and was one of the fastest growing among the World Baptist Convention.

According to him, research conducted by the convention into the growth of the church in the last 25 years indicated that the church in Ghana had grown by 1800 percent over the past 25 years while in the North America,  it has grown by negative two percent (-2%) over the same period.

Notwithstanding the challenges facing Christianity with the emergence of fake ministers and prosperity preachers, he said the large majority of ministers were doing well, and was hopeful that they would continue to be assets to the kingdom of God.

Source: Florence Afriyie Mensah/GNA

WRITTEN BY: Bernard Adu-Gyamfi