Religion of 2014-01-23

Tema Diocese inducts new Synod secretary

The Tema Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana has inducted Very Rev. Samuel Ofori-Akyea, the Superintendent Minister of the Tema North Circuit, as its Synod Secretary.

The induction service, which was attended by high ranking members of the clergy of the church, was officiated by the Tema Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Thomas Brown Forson.

The clergy included the Rt Rev. Frederick Nnuro, the immediate Past Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese; Rt Rev W.H.Y. Ametepe, the immediate past Bishop of the Tema Diocese, the General Director for Ministries, Methodist Headquarters, Very Rev. William Mpere-Gyekye and the Very Rev. Samuel Mensah, the Director, Human

Resource and Administration

The Rt Rev. Forson asked the Very Rev Ofori-Akyea, among others, to serve as a servant of Christ with humility, faithfulness and in fear.

“Do you solemnly promise that by the help of God’s grace you will endeavour faithfully to preach the word of God has given in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and that you will diligently discharge all the duties of a Secretary of Synod?,” Rt Rev Forson asked Very Rev Ofori-Akyea.

He said a minister’s authority laid in his holiness and asked further whether the Very Rev. Ofori-Akyea would strive to live a holy life and be an example to the people he would serve.

He asked the congregation to support the Very Rev. Ofori-Akyea in his work and also give him due honour and respect.

Later in a sermon on the theme: ‘Our Testimony”, Rt Rev. Forson encouraged the Very Rev. Ofori-Akyea to have the good qualities of a leader as exhibited by Jesus and be a problem solver.

‘Your success in life depends on your willingness to help others with their problems. You should take an inventory of your life today and identify the things you could do to help others,’ he charged.

He further asked him not to allow what people would say about him to disturb him and change his opinion about himself.

Rt Rev. Forson said Christian life was the life of a person who knew Jesus and that Christians needed to have a constant relationship with Jesus Christ so that they could testify about Him.

He urged them to renew their hearts and surrender everything to God if they wanted to have a relationship with Him.

The Very Rev. Ofori-Akyea promised to do all that had been entrusted to him with the Lord being his helper.

He thanked God for bringing him that far and added that he would support the bishop in realising his vision and mission during his tenure of office.

Ministerial role

The Very Rev. Ofori-Akyea has served in the ministerial position of the church for the past 26 years.

Among others, he was a former Connexional Director for the Children’s Ministry at the Methodist Head Office and the Co-ordinator, Children’s Ministry, with additional responsibility for the Non-formal Education Division of the Accra Diocese.

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