The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, the Most Reverend Titus Kweku Awotwi-Pratt, has advised churches against the phenomenon of choosing leaders based on their benevolence towards the church.
In a sermon at the inauguration of the Siwdo Circuit of the Church in Cape Coast on Saturday, he said churches should rather choose leaders who were convinced of their faith and deeply rooted in the word of God.
He explained that the selection of strong believers as leaders would, among others, help prevent the youth, who were now knowledgeable and expect a certain Bible standards from leaders, from leaving the church.
The Siwdo Circuit, comprising the Ebenezer Society, Siwdo; Good Shepherd Society, Nkanfoa; Bethel Society, Kwaprow and the Mount Zion Society, Adisadel is one of the three circuits carved out of the Cape Coast Circuit in 2015.
The Most Rev. Awotwi-Pratt said leaders especially those in charge of the youth, should not only teach the scriptures but lead exemplary lives, failure of which would deter the youth from attending church.
He encouraged Christians to be compassionate and generous instead of mocking the needy. They should also be prayerful, since according to him, prayer enables Christians to know the grace and favour of the Lord upon their lives. It teaches them to be humble and facilitates obedience to God’s word.
The Right Reverend Ebenezer Abakah-Wilson, Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese, paid glowing tributes to the clergy and lay men who had contributed to the attainment of the status, and urged the current generation to continue with the good works.
Members of the Clergy who contributed in diverse ways to the birth of the Circuit were acknowledged, while some laymen were awarded with gifts and citations of honor for their meritorious services in the various societies. GNA