President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo explained how important it is for the church to work closely with government in the development of Ghana.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mr Kofi Dzamesi, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, at the opening of the 60th Session of the Ministerial and General Council Meeting of the Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI) in Accra, the President said:
“The church has a greater role to play in shaping the minds of the people and redirecting their efforts in transforming and building a nation that stands tall among other nations.”
According to him, the church also had a duty to help Ghanaians to cope with difficulties they may encounter in their daily lives as they stuck with their faith and beliefs.
The five day meeting themed: 100 Years of Impacting Our World through Pentecostalism,” forms a major part of the 100 years celebration of the Church to thank God for His faithfulness, providence and guidance.
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Church for its immense contributions in the country’s developmental process.
Apostle Dr. Stephen Ntow Amoani, the Chairman of the CACI who also spoke at the event task government to find a solution to the problem of galamsey in order not to create unemployment spillovers and urged Ghanaians to support with resources to create jobs for the youth.
Amoani pledges total support to the President on behalf of the Church in that matter and assured him of their prayers in all other ways to end the menace. He lamented that destruction of river bodies and lands constituted unacceptable acts of indiscipline and perpetrators ought to be brought to book.
The Apostle called on ministers of the church and other religious bodies to use their pulpits to educate members on the effects of galamsey and the need to fight the canker. In his own words he said,
“The galamsey menace is destroying our river and water bodies as well as large tracts of fertile agricultural lands… and our environment. This illegality must, indeed, be checked and be fought from all angles to stop the nation wreckers and saboteurs, some of whom are disgracefully aiding foreigners to reap where they have not sown, from destroying our land.”
“If all Ghanaians will think of what they can do for this country and not what the country can do for them, we shall overcome our current socio-economic difficulties.”
Speaking further, Apostle Amoani urges all ministers of God to re-evaluate their ways of life and overcome the temptation of monetizing the Word of God or materialism and insatiable desire for power and money. He reiterated that the role of the church is to focus on growth through evangelism, missionary work, and Christian education and strengthen its Prophetic Ministry which had been the bedrock of its faith.
The CACI meeting was attended by the clergy and the laity from Ghana and abroad. It is the highest decision-making body of the church held annually to formulate policies, take stock and chart a new course for the progress of the Church. It is also an occasion to pay glowing tribute to the forebears, particularly Apostle Peter Newman Anim, the father of Pentecostalism in Ghana, who was one time a prayer partner of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.