‘Pastors must be servants’

The Presiding Bishop of the Winners Chapel, Ghana, Bishop George Agyemang has called on leaders of all spheres of life to view their status as an opportunity to serve, rather than lording it over their followers.

According to him, servant leadership is crucial to confronting the challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

Bishop Agyemang expressed the sentiment in Accra on Saturday, in a sermon at the graduation ceremony of 198 students of the Immanuel Bible Institute and Seminary.

The students from six satellite campuses of the institute in Ghana, graduated with Doctorates, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Theology.

Preaching on the theme “Raising Servant Leaders to Confront the Challenges of the 21st Century”, Bishop Agyemang challenged the graduates to go as agents of the pastoral profession and change the negative perceptions about the profession.

Successful leaders, he said, only succeed when they blend the tenets of leadership and service to humanity.

He noted that for the graduates to accomplish their call as leaders, they would be expected to enrich lives, build better organisations and create a just and caring world for their followers and all.

Bishop Agyemang said as Christian leaders, they must emulate Jesus Christ by accepting divergent views, develop and build other leaders, cultivate the spirit of selflessness, be generational thinkers and act with humility, to have the full cooperation of their followers.

The chancellor of the institute, Dr. Fred Opoku-Gyimah, in his address said the world is in search of leaders who would serve as role models, for the younger generation, in order to ensure a better world.

“The nations of this world are looking for leaders with integrity; leaders to serve as examples, not only for the religious bodies but in every arena of life,” he stressed.

In his view, nations of the world lack genuine leaders with Christ-centred purposes.

He said just as God created man in his image, so did he bless man with the leadership qualities he possessed, but regretted the abuse of leadership positions by modern day leaders.

He expressed the hope that with the training the graduates would help change the face of leadership in the country and the world in general.

A representative of the graduates, Rev. Dr. Eric Ankrah, in his address, said Christendom has a role to play to reduce the economic hardships of the poor, if the church assisted governments to introduce pro-poor policies for the people.

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