The new executive of the Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI) elected at its 58th Ministerial and General Council in March, has been inducted into office in Accra.
They are Apostle Dr. Stephen Kwame Ntow Amoani, Chairman; Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Osei Donkor, General Secretary; Apostle Jeroham John Obour, Field Director; Apostle William Kwadwo Amaning, Director of Missions; Apostle James Agunzeeley Awuniseilya, Prophetic Director; Apostle Joseph Sakyi, Christian Education Director and Apostle Justice Samuel Ebo Baiden, Evangelism Director.
In his induction sermon on the topic: ‘Better is the end than the beginning’, Apostle Ekow Badu Wood, former General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), called on the Pentecostal churches to have a clear succession plan without any ambiguity to ensure better continuation of leaderships in the churches.
He said that there was the need for the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches to mentor successors, and inculcate in them leadership qualities to prepare them to take over the leadership mantle without much problem.
He congratulated the CACI on a smooth election, and asked the new executive to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by their re-election for another four-year term of office.
Apostle Wood urged the church, as the first Pentecostal Church established in Ghana in 1917, to continue to lead and exhibit the unadulterated apostolic doctrines which other Pentecostal churches looked up to, for the progress of the churches and the nation as a whole.
“You shall be evaluated at the end of your stewardship more than the beginning. Let the end be perfect without any ambiguity, and keep your eyes on the finishing line from the beginning,” he advised.
He said African leaders did not look at the perfect end of their stewardship, the responsibilities they should perform for their people when they were given the leadership mantle, but rather looked at the privileges that went with the position.
Apostle Wood told the new executives that they had not been elected to lead for themselves but for the progress of the church which was their core duty.
Apostle Dr. Stephen Ntow Amoani, Chairman of the CACI, in his acceptance speech, said although the church faced a myriad of challenges in the last four years, there had been remarkable improvements, engendering an impressive growth.
He hoped that with the help of God, the executive would be able to fulfill their renewed mandate and called for the unflinching support of the ministers and the members through hard work, collaboration and encouragement in order to realise the collective dream to succeed.
Apostle Amoani pledged to further strengthen the cordial relationship and partnership between the church and the government, and also continue to provide social services to complement government’s effort.
“As a church, we will also not relent in our efforts to speak against the ills and vices in our society and lead in the crusade against corruption, politics of insult, intimidation and violence which we condemn in no uncertain terms,” he stated.
Apostle Amoani also pledged the support of the church for any concrete measures that the government would take to deal with charlatan pastors who reportedly engaged in all kinds of despicable immoral and criminal acts to the discomfort and disdain of all well-meaning Ghanaians.
Apostle Dr. Michael Nimo, ex-chairman and Apostle Samuel K Asare, a former chairman of the church, jointly inducted the chairman and the executive into office.
By Seth Adu Agyei