President of the National Catechist and Evangelists Union of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, Catechist Lawyer Agbeehia, has called on catechists to live exemplarily lives and aspire to the greatest heights as they serve as window to the church.
He made this statement at the 28th annual conference of National Catechists’ and Evangelist Union of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, held at the Ho Technical University.
The Conference themed: “The Delight of Discipline – Making Being the Smile of God in Your Home and Your Church,” was attended by about 150 catechists and evangelists from the 15 presbyteries of the Church.
According to Lawyer Agbeehia, the conference was aimed at sharing ideas, deliberate on issues, as well as empower the spiritual lives of catechists. He urged members to take advantage of the opportunities that will come their way so that they can fully benefit from them.
“There are times when some scholarships come to the church but we don’t benefit because we are not willing to upgrade ourselves; so these packages are only enjoyed by pastors. But so far as the pastors are enjoying the scholarships, catechists must also enjoy,” he added.
The Moderator of the Ho East Presbytery, Rev. Sammy A. Amoako, on his part urged catechists to upgrade themselves so that they can meet the educational standards of the 21st Century, adding that the church has made provisions to organize courses for interested catechists so that they will be able to upgrade themselves.
“It is not advisable for the catechist to hold on to a middle school certificate and say he is satisfied with that, we are therefore urging them to use every means available to do other courses to upgrade themselves,” Rev. Amoako noted.
In an interview with Global News on the sidelines of the event, the General Secretary of the Union, Sylvanus Mawuena Yao Anku, said the conference is important to the Church because it will help streamline their activities in order to move forward. He also added that catechists are the fulcrum around which the church revolves since their role in the church is pivotal to the development of the church. He therefore appealed to Catechists and Evangelists to live responsible lives since the church and the communities in which they live look up to them.
Source: Globalfmonline.com/ 105.1 / Richard Atsu