A total of 129 students from the Pentecost School of Theology and Mission (PSTM) at Pentecost University have been commissioned into full-time ministry for God in The Church of Pentecost. This event occurred in a colourful Commissioning Service held on Friday, July 7th, 2023, at the Pentecost Convention Centre in Kasoa, near Accra.
In his opening address, the Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University, Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, congratulated the students on successfully completing their ministerial formation and training, which is required for full-time ministry in the Church. He challenged them to make their spiritual training received at PSTM meaningful to the communities they will serve.
Apostle Prof. Agyapong-Kodua also urged the new ministers to rely heavily on the Holy Spirit, who he said “manifests in multiple ways.” He used the analogy of electrical power, stating that just as electricity produces different effects in different devices, the Holy Spirit manifests different gifts and abilities in each individual. “Just as electrical power produces light in some gadgets and sounds in others, heat in iron and coolness in refrigerators, the Holy Spirit is able to manifest gifts and abilities differently in each of us. Therefore, the impact on one’s life depends on the kind of demand we individually place on Him,” said Apostle Prof. Agyapong-Kodua.
During the sermon, Aps. Dr Benjamin Ali, the Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Downtown Ofaakor, urged the ministers to support one another for maximum impact. Drawing references from the Bible, specifically Joshua 1:1 and Psalm 37:5, Dr Ali emphasized that God has confidence in them and His spirit will abide with them throughout their ministry. He urged them to be courageous and obedient to the instructions of their ministry.
In the Commissioning address, Aps. Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and Chancellor of Pentecost University, reminded the ministers that they have become “prisoners of, and for the Lord.” He emphasized that as prisoners, they do not have the liberty to choose or do whatever they want. The Chairman added that they cannot be prisoners of Christ and have any aims or purposes other than that of Christ. He encouraged them not to see their call into full-time ministry as a career but as a further call to become authentic Christians. Aps. Nyamekye then commissioned the new ministers, leading the charge and prayer for them.
The students, led by P/Ovr. Emmanuel Ebenezer Owusu expressed their gratitude to Pentecost University for the training environment and formation they received. They declared themselves as ministers ready for maximum impact in their nations. Additionally, the Students’ Head generously handed over the keys of three brand-new saloon cars, two motorbikes, and a refurbished 18-seater van to the University’s management. According to Rev. EE. Owusu, the students purchased the vehicles through their contributions to start a licensed driving centre in the PSTM. This initiative is inspired by the University’s A+ agenda of making them problem solvers. Rev. Owusu added that the driving centre aims to help future ministerial students learn or polish their driving skills and acquire licenses, which are essential for effective ministry. “In addition, the centre is envisioned to be a research hub for transport safety and other related areas,” Rev. Owusu added.
The Pentecost School of Theology and Mission is the faculty of Pentecost University that focuses on research and training in theological, missionary, and Pentecostal studies. The PSTM is also mandated to train individuals who are called into full-time ministry in The Church of Pentecost. This year’s batch of commissioned ministerial students comprised individuals from nine nations, including Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, India, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.