Empower youth for national development (Pg 44)

Churches in the country have been urged to use their influence to promote youth empowerment for national development.

The Chairman of the Accra Presbytery of the Global Evangelical Church, Rev. Christian Fred Worlali Gbekor, made the call at the 36th Accra Presbytery Representatives’ Conference in Accra.

The three-day conference brought together more than 200 church leaders in the presbytery to deliberate on issues concerning the growth of the church, review strategies and also make recommendations for the way forward.

Rev. Gbekor said "a nation that neglects its youth does so at its own detriment. The entire nation, society and the church must put youth programmes at the forefront to enable the youth take their rightful place in society".

He said the youth had a lot to offer as stewards and to benefit from their diverse expertise, there was the need to understand their concerns and link up with them.

He said as part of measures to revive and promote evangelism in the presbytery, the leadership had put in place an evangelism policy document and a Presbytery Evangelism Committee to implement it.

He called on members of the church to actively participate in promoting evangelism and soul winning, which were the core business of the church.
" We are to make disciples and grow them in the Lord. We cannot continue to pay lip service to evangelism any longer. The time to act is now”, Rev Gbekor said.

Speaking on the theme : "Faithful Stewardship : Key to Divine Blessing ,"The Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Prof. Paul Buatsi, who was the guest of honour, challenged Christians to begin their personal assessment that would eventually result in the fulfilment of the purpose of God for their lives.

According to him, by encouraging, comforting and urging others to live lives worthy of God, attracted God's attention and it also came with favours from God.

The Presbytery Clerk, Rev. Felix M. Agbo, also added his voice to the call to build the capacity of the youth for the development of the church and the nation.

He said the negative attitude of adults seeing the youth as a “class of people who are not interested in, and incapable of handling much of anything in life except for sex, social life and shopping” should be discarded and that the youth must be given the opportunity to contribute their quota in whatever way they could.

"We need youth leadership teams to organise and plan ministry outreach programmes for evangelism within the general frame work of the presbytery strategic plan.

For effective evangelism, there is the need for inter-generational blend, " Rev. Agbo noted.

The conference adopted a five-point resolution, which among other things, enjoined the leadership of the branches of the church under the Accra Presbytery to promote healthy physical living in their congregations by organising regular health talks and activities that will motivate church members to become faithful stewards in order to attract divine blessings.

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