By Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, Nov. 10, GNA - The Methodist Church Ghana has charged the Africa Methodist Council (AMC) to go into the world and preach Christ to the people just as John Wesley did to bring about transformation.
Most Rev Dr Paul K. Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, who made the call, said if Methodist in Africa would rise up to the challenge and offer Christ as King, Priest, and Prophet to the people, then, African countries would witness the needed development.
The Presiding Bishop, was speaking at a ceremony to officially welcome AMC executives, who were visiting the country for the first time after being elected into office.
Most Rev Boafo said: “In presenting Christ, it means you are presenting healing, boldness, life and what it takes to be human into the people. We see ourselves as insignificant but it takes one to bring about change in the world.”
He said as Methodists, holiness was social and that ensuring change in society must be key in all their affairs as stakeholders for development.
“That is why our theme from March had been ‘Africa Methodist, Reshaping Africa for the Future’ and it is aimed at championing healing, and infrastructural development across board,” he said.
Most Rev Boafo said the world had become fragile, broken, and sick so much so that it even encouraged gay marriages and that the only way forward was for the Methodist to offer Christ properly to the people to salvage the situation.
“Spread spiritual holiness bearing in mind John Wesley’s missionary prowess to save souls,” he advised.
Most Rev Titus Kofi Awortwi Pratt, the past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, urged the executives of the AMC to stand firm to guide Africa as God wants.
He assured them of the needed support and advised the executives to ensure that things moved smoothly at the Council.
Rev Joseph Ntombura, the President of AMC and the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Kenya, commended the Methodist Church Ghana for the warm reception.
He said the centre of gravity has shifted from Europe to Africa and therefore Africa must rise to ensure change in the world.
Rev Ntombura said it was the turn of Africans to preach Christ to the world, hence, the meeting to plan and take Christians to the promise land.
“We want to lay down strategic objective to liberate Africa through offering Christ,” he said, adding, “This would clear the way for all Christians and solidify the formation of the Africa Methodist Council.
Present at the ceremony included, Ministers of the Methodist Church, directors, general directors, presiding bishops, lay chairmen, synod secretariat staff of the Methodist Conference Service among others.
The Executives also visited the AMC office in Ghana.