On Saturday, December 12, 2020, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo conducted a divine service for ministers and a meeting at Kpando in the Volta North Apostle Working Area. This is the first visit of the Lead Apostle to the Kpando District. The service was attended by twenty-two (22) ministers.
For the divine service, the Lead Apostle read a text from 2 Corinthians 1:24 “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm”.
“We have come so that we can share the strength of God. This strength Jesus Christ gave His apostles, is the same strength we bring to you”, stated the Lead Apostle in opening the service.
The Lead Apostle, in expounding the text stated that, “We were not forced into accepting our various commissions as ministers, neither was an application written by any. By grace we were chosen! Out of love and joy, we willingly accepted to serve in the vineyard of the Lord”. According to the Lead Apostle, the blessings that flow from our sacrifices as servants of God can only be attained when the joy and love with which ministers serve does not dissipate.
The Lead Apostle stated that, the Apostles are not lords over the ministers, likewise every bearer of blessing, onto the congregations. “We only seek to strengthen the joy and love in your souls, that we all can fulfill our commissions. We only provide guidance, to ensure things are done the right way” the Lead Apostle averred. He further admonished the ministers to keep the basic faith with which we became New Apostolics and not be tempted to equate it with a ministerial commission. “Your faith is your faith; that is basic. The ministerial commission comes second. Do not lose your fundamental faith because of ministerial challenges”.
In furtherance, the Lead Apostle entreated the ministers to ensure that members entrusted to their care receive the needed pastoral care. He emphasised that, being a minister is not limited to preaching at the altar but also constant attention for the cares and concerns of members.
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle encouraged the ministers to serve with joy and love, maintain their fundamental faith, care for the members and be ready to sacrifice for the growth of the work of God.
The service was supported by Apostle Timothy Akubia.
Meeting with Ministers
The Lead Apostle held a short meeting with the Ministers after the divine service. Top on the agenda s the development of the church going forward. Ministers were taken through a draft Annual Development Plan for 2021 by District Rector Arhin (Accra West). Areas covered include plans for Ministers, Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth, Choir, Welfare and the Congregation.
The Lead Apostle urged all Ministers to follow the template and prepare appropriate plans for their congregations, Districts and the entire Apostle working area.