The Lord’s Pentecostal Church International (TLPCI) has organised its 56th Annual General Conference in Accra.
Participants comprised religious leaders, head pastors and church members from the 128 branches worldwide including Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia, New York and United Kingdom to assess its achievements, discuss the welfare and the way forward of the church.
The three-day Conference was themed: “Come Holy Spirit help us serve God’s purposes.”
The General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah was the Special Guest of Honour among other reverend ministers came to grace the occasion.
The atmosphere was charged with praises and worship, where some reverend ministers among other participants danced to glorify God.
Touching on the theme, Rev. Barrigah said the theme was very significant in this contemporary times since some Christians do not ‘have strong standing in their faith’.
“We are living in very difficult times and if we are doing a better assessment, you will realize our church are full of church goers. There are a few who have been converted and fewer who are transformed as disciples of Christ, therefore we need the theme because the Holy Spirit must come, and must come every day,” he expressed.
He reiterated that, most people claimed they are Christians where they go to church on Sundays but are not really committed to the word of God.
He advised Christians to renew their commitment to God and allow the Holy Spirit to live in them so their ways could be directed.
The opening ceremony was officially performed by the General Overseer of TLPCI, Apostle Dr. Richard Buafor after he had read the achievements, plans and progress of the church.
Highlighting on some of the plans, he indicated that, the church hasa two-year vision strategy commencing October 2017 to October 2018. Areas to be covered in the Action plan include Church Planting, Leadership, Wealth creation, Education, Discipleship, Worship, Ministry Health, Environment , Infrastructure development, Fellowship, Social Services, Family Life and Decentralization to help bridge the gap between the church and the society.
“We are save to serve but not serve to save, therefore we need to put in place measures that will better the lives of our people and win more souls for God,” he said.
With regards to their plans under Health, Rev. Buafor explained that, there would be series of seminars on health related topics to educate members.
“We will organise health screening and bazaars, embark on medical missions and put up washrooms for all braches to ensure members observe high personal hygiene to promote a good healthy living for our members,” he mentioned.
Commenting on education, the General Overseer indicated that TLPCI established a Scholarship Scheme in 2011 to assist brilliant but needy students to enable them continue their education.
“The vision to establish schools in regional capitals will come to fruition and will establish senior high schools and University College to compliment government effort to promote education,” Rev Buafor disclosed.
Stating some of their achievements, Rev. Buafor pointed out that, the church had establish branches of the church in district capitals including Ejisu, Winneba, Akim Oda, Katamaso, Durban –South Africa, Trowbridge – United Kingdom, Prampram, Apolonia, Dam City, Oyibi and Tegbui to intensify evangelism and spread the gospel of God.
He added that, the church had enrolled some pastors in seminary schools to equip them with the word of God to administer some of their branches.
The TLPCI founded in 1961 isa member of GPCC with 128 branches spread across Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia, New York and United Kingdom. The aim of TLPCI is to bring people to know Jesus Christ, equipping them through the Holy Spirit to become Christ-like.