|History of Church of Pentecost|
|Tenet / Beliefs of the Church|
The Church of Pentecost, like most great institutions, started in a small way. The Church’s beginnings are linked to the ministry of Pastor James McKeown (1900-1989), an Irish missionary sent by the Apostolic Church, Bradford, UK to the then Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1937 to help a group of believers of the Apostolic Faith led by one Peter Newman Anim in a town called Asamankese.
Due to doctrinal differences based on divine healing, the group split in 1939 into the Christ Apostolic Church and the Apostolic Church, Gold Coast. The latter saw great expansion under Pastor James McKeown. In 1953, a constitutional crisis led to the founding of the Gold Coast Apostolic Church led by Pastor James McKeown.
On the attainment of independence by the country in 1957 and following the changes of its name to Ghana, the Gold Coast Apostolic Church was renamed the Ghana Apostolic Church. The split in 1953 did not end the crisis. New conflicts compelled the then President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to advise the leadership of the Ghana Apostolic Church, to adopt a new name in order to foster peace and harmony on the Pentecostal front. Therefore, on August 1, 1962, the new name, The Church of Pentecost, legally replaced the Ghana Apostolic Church.
The Church of Pentecost, is a worldwide, non-profit-making Pentecostal church with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
It exists to bring all people everywhere to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the gospel, the planting of churches and the equipping of believers for every God-glorifying service. It demonstrates the love of God through the provision of social services in partnership with governments, communities and other like-minded organizations.
We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. That the Bible is infallible in its declaration, final in its authority, all-sufficient in its provisions and comprehensive in its sufficiency (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
The One True God:
We believe in the existence of the One True God, Elohim, Maker of the whole universe; indefinable, but revealed as Truine Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - one in nature, essence and attributes; Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:26).
Man's Depraved Nature:
We believe that: "all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God;" are subject to eternal punishment; and need repentance and regeneration (Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 53:6).
We believe that man's need of a Saviour has been met in the person of Jesus Christ, because of His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, resurrection and ascension; His abiding intercession and second coming (John 8:46; 14:30; Colossians 1:15; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 3:25; Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).
Repentance, Justification, Sancification:
We believe all men have to repent of and confess their sins before God and believe in the vicarious death of Jesus Christ to be justified before God. We believe in the sanctification of the believer through the working of the Holy Spirit and in God's gift of Eternal Life to the believer (Acts 2:38; Luke 15:7; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).
The Sacraments of Baptism and The Lord's Supper:
We believe in the Sacrament of Baptism by immersion as a testimony of a convert who has attained a responsible age of about 15 years (Luke 3:21; Mark 16:16). [Infants and children are not baptised but are dedicated to the Lord] (Luke 2:22-24, 34; Mark 10:16). We believe in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper which should be partaken of by all members who are in full fellowship (Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:21-29; Acts 20:7).
Baptism, Gifts and Fruit of The Holy Spirit:
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with signs following; and in the operation of the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; Galatians 5:22).
We believe in the Resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and the unsaved to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; Romans 2:7; 6:23; Acts 20:35).
Tithes and Offerings:
We believe in tithing and in the giving of free-will offerings towards the cause of carrying forward the Kingdom of God. We believe that God blesses a cheerful giver (Malachi 3:10; Hebrews 7:1; Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35).
We believe that the healing of sickness and disease is provided for God's people in the atonement (Isaiah 53:4-5; Mattthew 8:7, 17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; Luke 13:10-16). The Church is, however, not opposed to soliciting the help of qualified medical practitioners.
The highest decision-making body of the Church is the General Council, which heads a five-tier administrative mechanism. The General Council consists of all confirmed ministers of the Church, Regional/Area executive committee members, national deacons, trustees, chairmen of boards and Committees and Movement Directors.
The Executive Council
The Executive Council, headed by the Chairman of the Church, sees to the day-to-day administration of the Church. While the General Council elects members of the International Executive Council, all other officers of the Church are appointed by The Executive Council with the approval of the General Council.
The Executive Council is currently made up of Apostle Dr. O. Onyinah (Chairman - seated middle), Apostle A. Kodua (General Secretary - seated left), Apostle Dr. S. K. Baidoo (International Missions Director - seated right) and from left to right standing, are members, Apostles Ekow Badu Woode, A. Amoah (Anglophone nations representative), O. Zabre (Other nations representative), J. Gyimah, Prophet J. E. Ameyaw and Apostle F. Ofori Yeboah.
Below the General Council and the International Executive Council, we have the Area administrative structure. The Area is headed by the Area Head, who is either an apostle or an experienced senior pastor. He is assisted by a six-member Area Executive Committee in the day-to-day running of the Area with the Area Presbytery as the highest policy-making body in the Area.
The Area is further divided into districts, each of which is headed by a District Pastor who administers his district with the support of a six-member executive committee, which depends on the District Presbytery as the highest decision-making body.
The Local Assembly
Finally, the district has a number of local congregations headed by presiding elders who implement decisions of the District Presbytery with the assistance of their local presbyteries.
This chain of command ensures there is both vertical and horizontal flow of communication, thereby making implementation of policies and feedback very vital ingredients of effective administration. In addition, the Church’s official magazine “Pentecost Fire” is published quarterly to educate church members about events in the Church. It also shares the gospel with non-Christian readers.
The Church of Pentecost operates the basic financial philosophy of ‘self-support’. This is based on the covenant between the Church’s founding fathers and God which states, inter alia, that The Church of Pentecost should not borrow money from outside the Church for the funding of its evangelistic programmes. It does not however refuse unsolicited financial support from philanthropists for some of its social services.
The two principal financial sources of the Church are tithes and offerings. As and when necessary, special funds are raised at all levels of the Church’s administrative structure to meet very crucial financial commitments. The prudent management of the self-financing policy has been able to sustain the Church even in a developing country like Ghana.
The Church’s financial obligations include payments of salaries to ministers, administrative and supporting staff, construction of chapels and manses, evangelistic crusades, donations to charitable organizations, training programmes, among others. It is significant to note that due to the understanding and the loyalty of the members in giving, the Church has never lacked finance to run its programmes in line with God’s covenant to sustain it financially.
The Finance Board is charged with the management of the Church’s central fund at the Church’s headquarters and presentation of annual budges and audited accounts to the General Council. The Audit Department monitors the day-to-day financial business of the Church and ensures that there is transparency and accountability.
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