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GPCC General Secretary calls for Concreted Advocacy

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), has been instrumental in steering the Council’s advocacy and developmental contributions to the nation. GPCC has emerged as a significant force in national discourse, influencing policies and fostering development through collaborative efforts with other faith-based organizations.

Advocacy Efforts and National Impact

In an interview with GPCC News, the General Secretary, Apostle Immanuel Tettey emphasized the critical role of GPCC in advocating for issues of national interest, often in unison with other religious bodies. “Together with other faith bodies, united we can advocate on national issues and bring about positive change,” he remarked.

One notable instance of GPCC’s advocacy is their intervention in the government’s implementation of the e-levy. The initial rate proposed by the government faced widespread public disapproval. Through concerted efforts and negotiations led by GPCC, in collaboration with the Christian Council of Ghana and the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, the levy rate was successfully reduced to 1%. While the desired rate was 0.5%, this reduction was still a significant victory for the advocacy groups and the citizenry.

GPCC has also been a staunch supporter of the Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values. Their engagement has been pivotal in influencing parliamentary decisions and advocating for legislation that aligns with their values. The Council’s continuous dialogue with the presidency, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, and the media has reinforced their position on crucial societal issues.

Challenges in Advocacy

Advocacy, however, is not without its challenges. Apostle Tettey acknowledged the resistance often encountered from government agencies. “You don’t expect that once you present a position, it will be accepted without question,” he explained. Despite agreements being reached, implementation can sometimes deviate from expectations, leading to frustration. Nonetheless, Apostle Tettey remains committed to the process, understanding that advocacy involves persistent engagement and negotiation.

Conflict Resolution and Social Action

Conflict resolution within member churches is another area where GPCC has made significant strides. Apostle Tettey recounted instances where the Council mediated disputes that threatened to divide congregations. By employing alternative dispute resolution methods, GPCC has successfully resolved conflicts, even withdrawing cases from court to facilitate amicable settlements.

In terms of social action, GPCC has been proactive in supporting communities, particularly during times of disaster. They aim to extend their efforts by providing medical and health screening support to rural and hard-to-reach communities. Plans are also underway to address the need for potable water and other community facilities, demonstrating the Council’s commitment to improving the living conditions of Ghanaians.

Future Initiatives

Looking ahead, Apostle Tettey envisions a more inclusive and influential GPCC. He aims to broaden the Council’s membership base and enhance its relevance to the Christian community and national governance. Strengthening partnerships with other ecumenical bodies and faith-based groups is also a priority, ensuring that GPCC continues to play a pivotal role in advocating for the welfare of its members and the nation at large.

In conclusion, through persistent engagement, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to social action, the Council continues to influence national policies and improve the lives of Ghanaians.


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