The Hope Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Sakumono-Estates has held its 27th Local Congregational Conference. The theme for the conference was “Go and make disciples of all Nations”
The Resident Minister of the Congregation, Rev. Emmanuel Obeng-Ntow, in his welcome address to the delegates reminded the congregants that the core mandate of the church as captured in the theme is for all to go and make disciples of all nations. This task, he said must be fulfilled by all congregant. Rev. Obeng-Ntow indicated that the General Assembly of the Church is urging all congregations to grow by 10 per cent and expressed the hope that everyone will work towards achieving that target.
He said in order to achieve that, the Hope Congregation has initiated a programme dubbed ‘Operation 2-1-2’ where two persons in the congregation are requested to team up and go on evangelism over a two year period. “The aim is to bring a soul to be nurtured into the membership of the church” he said. He said in addition to that, a five minutes has been allotted to the Evangelism Committee every Sunday in all three divine services to drive the zeal for evangelism. The Resident Minister acknowledged the contributions of members towards the various church projects and admonished them to continue supporting church growth.
The Clerk of Session, Ms Bernice L. Natue in her report indicated that as at the end of August, 2018, the total registered membership of the Congregation stood at 2,503 up from 2,080 members registered last year. On Ecumenical and Social Relations, the Clerk reported that the Manet Preaching Point was inaugurated as a congregation named ‘Abundant Grace”.
She said the Hope Congregation honoured invitations from some Christian denominations within the Sakumono community to witness valedictory services of their retired and transferred Ministers, hosted students from Maritime University to whom it provides pastoral care periodically and also welcomed presbyterian seminarians from Trinity Theological Seminar among others to worship in its Sunday services.
Delegates discussed and approved the 2019 budget, decisions of the 2018 Ga Presbytery Conference, Treasurer’s as well as the various Committee, generational and service group report.
At the end of the conference, the church passed three resolution. The first being that, no new projects should be initiated until the existing projects are completed. Secondly, the time for threshing floor should be moved to 7pm to 8:30pm to enable workers who come to church straight go home early and thirdly, the budget for 2019 was approved by conference.