Accra, Aug. 5, GNA - The Global Evangelical Church (GEC) has appealed to the Ghana Education Service to grant an Education Unit to the Church to facilitate effective coordination for its mission schools.
The Right Reverend Dr Setorwu Ofori, GEC Moderator speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Synod of the Church, said granting the Church an Education Unit status would contribute in no small measure to supporting government promotion of education.
The four-day event is on the theme: “Thy Kingdom Come; Living the Kingdom Life.”
Synod is the highest decision making body of GEC and it meets every year to deliberate on the challenges and progress of the church.
He said the spiritual, moral and academic upbringing of children has been another area of focus of the Church and to this end, the twenty-four basic schools established continued to provide Christian education to about 10, 000 children in communities.
He said the Church believes that apart from supporting government’s agenda of providing quality basic education for all children in Ghana.
“Its focus on Christian education also ensures development of Christ-like character in children, which is relevant for curbing corruption, indiscipline, moral degradation and other social vices in our Nation,” he added.
He said the Church was in the process of developing a 10-year strategic plan but while efforts were in place to start, leadership has put in place a 2-year strategic plan to guide its work in the interim.
The Moderator said the 2016/2017 interim strategic plan seeks to focus on the following thematic areas including administration and Human Resource Management, Physical Structure Development, Evangelism and Discipleship.
The rest are Church Life Enrichment, Fund Mobilisation and Management, Strengthening Public Relations, Ministries Empowerment, Clergy and Lay Leadership Development, Social Services Development and Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Rev Dr Ofori said in order to strengthen the financial capacity of the congregation; leadership has proposed that the 2016 Synod should institute a development/ relief fund.
He said the fund would aid congregations to embark on their projects, while halting the current situation, where congregations take loans for development projects from financial institutions.
Rev Raphael Mac Attih, Synod Clerk of GEC, said a corporate strategic plan spanning 2016-2035 structured in the short, medium and long term has been prepared at the instance of the Global Theological Seminary Council.
He said the plan was to guide the transition of GTS into becoming “a world-class, fully-fledged University”.