Training Network (T-Net) International College for Pastoral Leadership, an associate training center of the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology (MGST) in the USA, at the weekend graduated its first generation students in Ghana at the First Baptist Church in Tema.
Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees were bestowed on four (4) and twelve (12) graduates respectively at a formal graduation ceremony after they went through training courses in Christian ministry.
The international president of T-Net, Reverend Dr. Bob Gilliam conferring the degrees on the grandaunts, explained that the purpose of Christianity was not only to build churches but also to finish Christ’s Great Commission which involved disciple making.
He said finishing the Great Commission required disciples, not just converts hence the training and transformation of pastors and converts into disciples to enable them acquire the knowledge and skills to man the task.
The Country Director of T-Net, Reverend Justifier Nii Noi Ocquaye intimated that after the first century, Christians seem to have forgotten Christ’s command and have focused more on building their own church than on finishing Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all peoples.
He therefore used the platform to remind and advised pastors and Christians to saturate their neighborhood with disciple making spirit and take interest in reaching out to the world to facilitate the process of finishing the Great Commission.
The guest speaker for the occasion, Professor Ben K. Ahunu who is also a full professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Ghana advised the graduands to be guided by the bible and rely on Jesus Christ who would edify them in times of challenges and infirmities.
He further urged them not to be attuned to the pains of the world and feel discouraged if their work was not recognised, but should rather focus on accomplishing their mission.
Prof. Ahunu added that even though crime could not be utterly uprooted in our system, the Church had played a significant role in the religious and moral development of the people which had helped in mitigating vices across the world.
He therefore commended the Christendom and urged all to assist in finishing the Great Commission.
From Ken Afedzi, Tema.