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04.01.2006 Regional News

Methodist Ministers cautioned against deviating from calling

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Cape Coast (C/R), Jan. 4, GNA - The Reverend Dr Robert Aboagye-Mensah, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church on Wednesday said it is imperative for ministers of God to ensure that they assist the needy in their congregation and this can only be achieved if they constantly seek God for His real intervention. He, in this regard asked them to combine their spiritual and personal life with their social responsibilities.

Rev Aboagye-Mensah gave the advice when he opened a four-day spiritual retreat on the theme: "John Wesley, Holy Ghost and Methodism in Ghana today," for Methodist Ministers from all over the country. He also charged the Ministers to consciously leave within the precincts of God in order not to deviate from their calling and emphasised that they are not for the church alone but the larger community.

He appealed to the well-endowed in the church to assist people who are in need, saying "Christianity will be made more meaningful if we support one another."

He said the retreat was to help the ministers to reflect on their performance and make input that would enable them to give better services to the church and society at large.

The Reverend Dr Kwabena Asamoah-Gyedu, Director of the Board of Ministries of the church said as Minister of the gospel, they need to remain focused and operate within the Wesleyean heritage. He said John Wesley's ministry was Holy Ghost filled and that was what they needed to seek, after 170 years in the country. In her welcoming address the head mistress of the Wesley Girls High School, Mrs betty Dzokoto charged them to refrain from replacing the work of the Holy Spirit with man-made church traditions.