THE ASSEMBLIES of God Church, Ghana, has declared its intention to establish a university with two of its three existing Bible Colleges.
The two colleges are the Southern Ghana Bible College at Saltpond and the Mid-Ghana Bible College in Kumasi.
The Academic Dean of the Assemblies of God Bible Colleges and a member of the accreditation committee of the church, Rev. Joseph Aryee disclosed that the two campuses of the Assemblies of God University would run degree and diploma programmes in Business, Computer Science, Vocational and Theological studies.
He said the Saltpond campus of the university would run courses in Theology, Computer Science and Business studies, while the Kumasi campus would handle programmes in Science and Technology and Business because of its proximity to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, adding “the two campuses would, alongside the degree programmes, organize courses leading to diploma certificates”.
Rev. Aryee made these known at the launch of a GH¢300,000 educational and human resource development fund at the Glory Assemblies of God Church at Sakumono in support of the establishment of the universities.
Briefing members of the church during the launch, Rev. Aryee, also the General Secretary of the Assemblies of God Church, said so far the National Accreditation Board (NAB) had accepted the church's decision to establish the university.
The General Secretary urged all members of the church to support the university since it would help members of the church and also uplift the image of the Assemblies of God Church.
According to Rev. Aryee, the university, when established would go beyond the running of first degree programmes and offer masters degree programmes also, and for that matter the church would need a lot of funds to maintain the institution.
Rev. Aryee disclosed that the proposed Assemblies of God University would be affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, KNUST and University of Ghana.
Addressing members of the church, the Gen. Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Rev. William W. Dontoh said the church, over the years, had performed creditably in the area of social stature upliftment. He said currently the church has a number of basic schools and second cycle institutions throughout the country, and had also established three hospitals in the North, with one of the hospitals being upgraded to a district hospital.
The Gen. Superintendent mentioned that the church had offered other services also, citing the church's support during the Liberia crisis, where the United Nations used the church's relief organization to support the country.
He revealed that currently the Assemblies of God through its relief agency is running programmes for Kayayo girls and orphans.
The church, as hinted by Rev. Dontoh, had also established an insurance company, called Prime Insurance, which he said is performing very well.
He emphasized that like Jesus Christ, who did not only concentrate on the spiritual growth of his followers, the Assemblies of God also believed in nurturing its members and enhancing their social status, hence the establishment of the university.
The Gen. Superintendent advised members of the church to be deeply involved in the establishment of the university, as it would benefit generations to come.
From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Tema