Accra, Nov. 16, GNA - Bishop Nii Tackie-Yarboi, Presiding Bishop of Victory Bible Church International (VBCI), has urged social commentators, politicians and the media to eschew name calling and the politics of insults that had bedevilled the nation.
"National cohesion is very vital for development and I will urge all, especially the media, politicians and social commentators to eschew all negative attitudes that will not help this nation", he said.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the first Extra Ordinary General Council Meeting of the Victory Bible Church on Tuesday, and read by Bishop Tackie-Yarboi.
He called on the clergy, stakeholders and opinion leaders to join forces in the fight against the canker that seemed to have plagued the country.
He cited the establishment of 120 branches of the churches in the country and around the world, a Bible School, and international Secretariat as well as the acquisition of significant properties, as some of the achievements of the Church since its establishment 25 years ago.
He mentioned the transformation of the existing educational structures into institutions of higher learning, the establishment of health facilities in some selected communities as some of the projects the Church intended to undertake.
The communiqué said the Church would also work to ensure the preaching of sound Biblical doctrines in all branches of the Church as well as the establishment of an effective control system, as the Church hoped to establish 800 branches in Ghana and 1000 branches outside the country.
"We will also establish the culture, where VBCI members shall commit to the vision and purpose of the Church and, also address all weaknesses in the existing structures of governance in the church" the communiqué said.
Reverend Cornelius Adja Cofie, General Secretary, VBCI appealed to the General Council members to be faithful and transparent to the Church in all their deeds.
In an open forum, the members called for an effective communication flow among members so that they would be aware of the activities and plans of the Church, and also called for the construction of more church buildings in order to attract people to the church and also the training of pastors, as the Church sought to establish more branches.
The Extra Ordinary General Meeting, which formed part of the Church's 25th anniversary celebrations, was attended by 215 participants from all the 120 branches of the Church.
The 25th anniversary celebration is under the theme "Celebrating 25 Years of God's Goodness and Beyond".