The Rt. Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has said the church could no longer continue to rely solely on assessment payments for the smooth running of the church.
"As a step in this direction", he stated: "I humbly appeal to you to find ways and means of raising funds from within and outside your congregation for the development of church infrastructure, evangelism and social services".
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso made the point in a sermon to elevate the Samreboi sub-district of PCG to a full district status in the Wassa Amenfi District of the Western Region.
Rev. Herbert Anim Oppong, Clerk of the General Assembly of PCG and Rev. W.N.B Appiah, Chairperson of the Western Presbytery, assisted him to perform the elevation elevation.
The Moderator said the church needed to improve its financial base so as to move away from the ever dependence on the annual assessment, offering and annual harvests, into finding new ways of funding the church, adding: "We need money and this should come out of viable projects and investments".
He reminded the congregation that the task before it as a church was enormous and that it was impossible for any one person to handle it
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso contended that a corporate responsibility such as the PCG demanded a corporate approach from all members and districts of the church.
He advised: "All hands must be on deck if we are to be successful in our endeavour to build a credible and dynamic church. Everyone of us, including our members in the Diaspora has a special role to play, hence we will need one another".
In separate speeches by John Gyetua, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and Alberto Takyi, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Wassa Amenfi, in similar pieces of advice said the youth could contribute meaningfully towards the country's development when they were imbued with the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and discipline.
That, the youth had a major responsibility to shape the social, economic and political destiny of the country, adding that they should also avoid animosity, ethnicity and pride, in order not to be branded as agents of destruction.
Mr. Takyi announced that the Asankrangwa-Samreboi feeder road would be tarred to give it a face-lift to facilitate transportation of passengers to and fro, while cocoa and food items would be carted, as a means to enhance the standard of living in that part of the district.
The DCE, donated 50 plastic chairs to the new PCG district. The Samartex Limited, a timber company at Samreboi, also donated two million cedis and pledged for wood requirement towards projects of the church.
Rev. James Agborli-Adjokatse, Resident Pastor of the Samreboi District of PCG, said the church was founded sometime in 1961 by some staunch Presbyterians who had gone there as strangers to seek for employment with the African Timber and Plywood Company Limited (AT&P), a timber industry, while others had gone there to undertake cocoa farming.
He said from 1973 onwards, the church experienced fast growth in numerical strength due to the influx of more workers to the area and that until the year 2005, the Samreboi sub-district had 13 stations, including congregations and preaching points which operated under it.
The Resident Pastor appealed to the Head Office of the church to replace the eight-year-old incapacitated Suzuki motorcycle with a strong vehicle, in order to promote evangelism and social services in the hinterland where the road network was in a mess.
He congratulated Ministers who had served the district since 1988 for their dedication and commitment. They included Rev. Yaw Danso, Rev. Samuel Kwasi Somuah, Rev. Peter Attah Ziameh, Rev. Emmanuel Anim Yeboah, Rev. Sam Asiamah Korangten, Rev. Frank Oguase Adu and Rev. Edwin Akoto Atteh.