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Religion of Monday, 31 December 2012

Source: GNA

God's Ministry is to serve the flocks and not the building - Bishop Pobee

The General Overseer of Transformed Life Ministries (TLM), Bishop Dusan Pobee, has urged ministers of God to let their lives challenge their flocks bearing in mind that the ministry is not about the building but the people they serve.

Admonishing newly ordained ministers of God, lay ministers, and deacons/deaconesses into the Church on Sunday, Bishop Pobee said, a good minister of God must be a model of spiritual virtue by being example onto the believers.

“God's good servant warns people from wrong and he keeps himself from committing such wrong,” he said and reminded them to put into practice all that they had learned, received, heard and seen during their training for the God of Peace to be with them.

Dwelling on Apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 1Timothy 4:12, Bishop Pobee, who is also the Founder of the Church said, as newly ordained ministers and deacon/deaconesses, they must exemplify that in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith and in purity at all times.

“Now that you have taken this important decision in your lives, you must bear in mind that from today you will see a new beginning. It must be reflected in your life and everything that you do,” he said.

Good ministers of God, Bishop Pobee added, must have a biblical ministry and be ready to fulfill the call of God even when the going becomes tough and challenging. “Do not run away in times of difficulty”.

Prior to the ordination ceremony, three ministers, one from the Church's headquarters at Labone and two branches in Tiafa and Kasoa in the Central Region – Reverend Jonas Henaku, Rev. Emmanuel Amponsah and Rev. Coffie Hammond respectively, were elevated to the office of senior pastors.

Bishop Pobee later ordained into full ministry two new ministers, Pastor Lemuel Davis Bray Amofah and Pastor Martin Amuzu. They each were presented with a certificate together with their instruments of office including ministers’ manual, the Church’s constitution and a study bible.

The lay ministers ordained were Stephen Abubakari Yakubu, Priscilla Amponsah, Gila Samuel Godsway, Dina Akua Hammond, Mary Yemotiokor Tetteh and Isaac Wush Tetteh. They each received a certificate and a study bible and will serve as supporting ministers.

The ordained deacons/deaconesses were Mrs Cynthia Chochoe Addo, Mrs Hannah Obaayaa Ansah, Miss Linda Angorkor Marley, Mr Peter Oduro and Mrs Evelyn Ama Korantemah Owusu.

Speaking on behalf of the ordained pastors, lay ministers and deacons/deaconesses, Pastor Davis Amofah pledged their readiness to set apart themselves and to serve God and the Transformed Life Ministry with dedication and faithfulness.

He said with the help of God and support from the entire congregation and the needed guidance and direction from the Bishop and senior pastors of the Church, they would stand firm to fulfil the duties and responsibilities.