Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has launched its Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrations at Evangel Assemblies of God ,Adabraka the birth-place of Ghana Evangelical Fellowship which has transformed into Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council.
The anniversary which is a year-long programme of activities is themed: “Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council: Celebrating 50 Years of Pentecostal Influence”- (Acts 2) will be climaxed in October at the Black Star Square in Accra.
The launch which was simultaneously held across all the regions of Ghana, brought together over 400 members from member churches to witness the event and also to give praise for 50 years of God’s faithfulness to the GPCC.
Giving the sermon at the programme, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GPCC, Rev.Dr Joseph K. Baisie urged pastors to let their messages exhort Christ at all times.
“As we preach with Pentecostal Fire, may our message exhort Christ. A man born of a virgin, died, crucified, and on the third day he was exalted and seated at the right side of His father interceding for us, our messages should exalt him,” he stressed.
Rev Baisie noted that, none of the messages should be about themselves but to exalt Christ.
“Our messages should be Christ centred and when it happens like that, we will see results,” he pointed out.
Rev. Baisie who is also the Greater Accra Regional Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, indicated that, their messages should bring members to their various churches and win more souls for members know the power of God.
“Our members should not get angry when the truth is being preached, may we present the truth as Pentecostals,” he said.
The man of God admonished Pentecostal and Charismatic members not to get angry when they are disciplined by the Church, rather they should be submissive and allow their pastors to discipline them.
According to him, Christians of today, would rather stop the Church than be subjected to discipline by the Church.
Launching the Golden Jubilee, the President of GPCC, Rev. Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso noted that, GPCC is one of the foremost prophetic voices in the country and are grateful for how far the Lord has brought the Council.
Starting as a fellowship of four churches fifty years ago, he said GPCC has grown into one of the most formidable Christian voice in the country with a membership of Eight (8) Million from more than two hundred and fifty Pentecostal and Charismatic churches making it the largest Christian block in the country.
Introducing the only surviving founding member of GPCC, Rev. D. K. Saforo from the Christ Apostolic Church, the President disclosed that, GPCC was birthed 50 years ago in the same auditorium, Evangel Assemblies of God in Adabraka.
He appreciated him and said prayers upon his life for being part of a group who made a giant step to establish GPCC.
Rev. Frimpong–Manso who is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana said, the council would continue to build partnerships and alliances with government, civil society and other external stakeholders to strengthen its advocacy role in the peace and socio-economic transformation of the country.
After the Launch, the National Treasurer of the Council, Rev. Clement Anchebah led the congregation to raise funds to support the activities of the anniversary.
GPCC is a Faith Based Organisation and an the umbrella body of over 200 Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian church denominations and para-church organisations in Ghana, established in 1969 but registered and recognised as a legal entity in 1971, it pursues the unity of the body of Christ to propagate the gospel and to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of its members and Ghanaians in general.
Representing over 28% of the Christian Community in Ghana (2010 PHC), it is the largest Church Council in Ghana in terms of population and denominations.
The Council works with other sister church councils and partners to undertake a number of development initiatives in Ghana, with a unique advantage in Community Mobilisation for social action and development.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS