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General News of Monday, 25 May 2015

Source: GNA

Moderator urges peace between catechists, pastors

The Moderator of the Global Evangelical Church, (G.E.C) Rt. Rev. Dr. Edem Tettey has called for peaceful co-existence between Catechists and Pastors to ensure the development of their congregation.

He said when Catechists take up their rightful positions as assistants to their Pastors and eschew all negative tendencies of rubbing shoulders with them, they stand to enjoy divine blessings that affect even their families.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Tettey was addressing the opening ceremony of the 2015 National Catechists’ Conference/Seminar of the G.E.C. at the Adaklu Wumenu Convention Centre of the Church, in the Volta Region.

It was on the theme: “Walking with God the Holy Spirit as Catechists”.

The Moderator noted that, the Church expects the Holy Spirit to move mightily in their congregations but explained that “this can only happen when the Catechists and the Pastors play their roles in a peaceful atmosphere.

He said, the relationship between Catechists and Pastors could best be described as what existed between John the Baptist, which he referred to as ‘John the Catechist’ and our Lord Jesus’ Christ.

“You must learn from John the Baptist, if your calling as a Catechist would be a blessing to you and your family, adding that, the role is a subservient one, and you must accept it as such, he said.

He advised the Catechists to exhibit high sense of honesty in their self-assessment and of their roles, maintaining the best relationship with their heads and others and not to compete with anyone in the discharge of their duties.

The Moderator also encouraged them to take their personal study of the Word of God and Prayer to a higher level; and depending on the Holy Spirt, they will produce signs and wonders in their congregations.

The President of the Association, Catechist Aklamanu was grateful to the Lord for His sustenance, mercy and love enjoyed over the past year as individuals and as an association.

Mr Aklamanu, therefore, urged his colleagues to be conscious of the leadership of the Holy Spirit and desire the presence of God to abide with them always in the discharge of their duties.

Other Speakers include Rev. Prince Tefe, the Synod Clerk of the Church, Rev. S.D.K. Dumevi, the immediate past Inter-Church Relations Secretary and Senior Parish Pastor of the Kotobabi branch of the Church and Mrs Dieu Donne Ahiabor, a Professional Counsellor.

It was under the aegis of Rev. D.M. Banini, the Ho Presbytery Chairman.

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