To ensure the quality of ministers and teachers in the New Apostolic Church, the constant sharpening of the skills and talents of those involved cannot be overemphasized, “for iron sharpens iron”. It is often said that, a teacher must first learn; It is against this backdrop that a Senior Tutors and Assistants’ Seminar was held in Kumasi from 29th to 31st October 2020. Participants were drawn from all fifteen (15) Apostle Areas in Ghana. It was under the auspices of Bishop Eric Ampadu (rtd) and Bishop Charles Addo Asare both Heads of Seminars - Ghana. Also present was Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene- Saffo.
Day 1 of Seminar: Basic 2 – Serving and Leading
The seminar opened with a prayer and a brief address by Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo. He entreated the participants to take the seminar seriously and equally impart same to the ministers and teachers in their respective Apostle Areas.
The day saw lectures delivered by selected Senior Tutors in an interactive atmosphere. Roles plays, question and answer sessions and group exercises complemented and deepened the understanding of participants.
Topics treated included Introduction to the guidelines, Requirements, Authority, Elements of Leadership, Delegation, Communication and Overcoming Conflicts.
Day 2 of Seminar - Serving and Leading
Participants undertook a recap of Day 1’s activities and presentation of same in groups. The tutors were guided on the appropriate use of the Sunday school manual, “Come, Lord Jesus!” by teachers.
Sunday School children from the Kumasi Central Congregation
Role plays on Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus and The Calling of Samuel were performed by the Sunday School children from the Kumasi Central Congregation.
Closing the seminar, Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo expressed his gratitude to the senior tutors and urged them to actively sharpen the skills of the target beneficiaries.