The Global Evangelical Church has commissioned and ordained 23 pastors of the Church, with a call on the clergy to see the priesthood as an office of honour and high integrity, which should not be taken for granted.
The ceremony held at the Global Evangelical Church, Trinity Chapel, Kotobabi in Accra saw four pastors commissioned as probationers to serve for two years after which they will qualify for ordination.
Nineteen pastors were ordained after successfully completing a two-year probation, and upon recommendation by their congregations, districts, presbyteries and the Synod Committee of the Church.
The Right Reverend Dr. Setorwu Ofori, Moderator of the Church, who officiated the ceremony, led the pastors to take vows to be faithful stewards, teachers of the gospel and followers of Jesus Christ in sincerity.
They were also to be a good example and shepherds to their congregants, seek the unity and peace of the Church, take good care of their families and be subject to the authority of the Church.
Rev. Raphael Mac Attih, Synod Clerk of the Church, delivering the sermon, said the priesthood was one of the ancient professions created by God that should be taken seriously.
He said law and medicine were ancient professions, but “the office of the pastor was the most challenging among the three ancient professions. because the pastor has to deal with all manner of people.”
Rev. Attih stressed that “The profession we have decided to welcome into our lives is not a profession that we can toy with,” and urged the newly commissioned and ordained pastors to submit themselves to the leadership of God.
Rev. Attih, cautioned pastors against the temptation of taking the glory and praise that belongs to God in the discharge of their duties.
He appealed to leaders to embrace God “as enshrined in our national anthem” for God to continue to bless “our home land Ghana.”
The Synod Clerk said “leading Ghana is not the birthright of any individual, neither the birthright of any political party, Ghana is the Lord’s.”
Rev. Dela Donkor, one of the newly ordained pastors, on behalf of his colleagues, expressed gratitude to God for the training they received from the Global Theological Seminary of the Church, and the leadership of the Church for their encouragement.