The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has organized highly patronised a Public Lecture to mark the Council’s Golden Jubilee anniversary highlighting on the history, challenges, impact and achievements of the GPCC in the past 50 years .
Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, Teshie-Nungua Area Head, Church of Pentecost, who delivered the lecture said GPCC established 50 years ago has grown to become one of the well-recognised Christian ecumenical bodies in the country with estimated membership of about eight million from 236 Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.
Delivering the Lecture themed “Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council: Celebrating Fifty Years of Pentecostal Influence” on 11th October 2019, at the Church of Pentecost ,Kaneshie Central Assembly in Accra, Apostle Koduah noted that, GPCC is the largest Christian Council in Ghana.
Formation of GPCC
With reference to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, he indicated that Pentecostal and Charismatics constituted about 28 percent of the entire Christian population in Ghana scattered all over the country.
Giving the history on the formation of the Council, Apostle Koduah noted that the idea of forming the Council was conceived by the Rev. J.K Gyan Fosu an Assemblies of God minister who in 1969 was working with the Bible Society of Ghana.
“He realized that the Pentecostals could achieve more if they worked together,” he said.
According to him, Rev Gyan Fosu’s vision was to have an organisation that would unite the emerging Pentecostal movements to provide a platform for cooperation, displaced mistrust and heal the painful divisions.
Apostle Koduah noted that, the idea of Rev Gyan Fosu was discussed and approved by Rev. James McKeown of the Church of Pentecost, Rev. J. Eqyir Paintsil of the Church of Pentecost and Rev. Daniel K. Saforo of the Christ Apostolic Church.
“When Rev. James McKeown of The Church of Pentecost was approached on this matter, he received it with these words, ‘My African brothers, you have my blessings. You can go ahead and form the fellowship,’
“Following these series of consultations, the Ghana Evangelical Fellowship (GEF) was founded on March 3, 1969 at the Evangel Assemblies of God Church, Adabraka, opposite the Avenida Hotel, Accra. Rev. James McKeown the then Chairman of the Church of Pentecost moved the historic motion for the formation of the Ghana Evangelical Fellowship. The motion was seconded by Rev. Daniel K. Saforo of the Christ Apostolic Church and was unanimously carried. It was subsequently officially inaugurated on Thursday November 6, 1969 at the Bible House, Accra. The Ghana Evangelical Fellowship was later registered under CAP XO17, on August 6, 1971,” Apostle Koduah noted.
Touching on the challenges of the Council, he said some members are not willing to pay their annual dues and also do not participate in the annual GPCC week celebration that have adversely impacted on the Council’s finances.
Describing the Council’s impact on religion, politics and socio-economic development, the Theologian indicated that, GPCC churches have aggressively evangelised and planted several churches, thus attracted young people to Church as well as promoted self-financing of projects.
“One notable observation in Ghana is the number of young people who regularly attend Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches. In contrast to the situation in the western world where many young people do not go church and perceive Christianity as old-fashioned, their counterparts in Ghana troop to church especially the Pentecostal and Charismatic ones,” Apostle Koduah mentioned.
Serving as a Prophetic Voice to the Nation, Apostle Koduah who is also the Vice President of Bible Society of Ghana emphasized that, through their press statements, the prophetic voice of GPCC has been loud and clear on virtually every major issue in Ghana.
“The latest being its rejection of the attempted introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE),” he added.
On GPCC providing employment for Ghanaians, he noted there was no statistics available to buttress it but only God knows the number of Ghanaians Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches have employed in their churches, Schools and hospitals.
In his recommendation to conclude, Apostle Koduah encouraged more Pentecostal and Charismatics to go into politics, engage more in social action programmes and to establish marriage counselling and enrichment and family life centres.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS