The Cape Coast Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, has charged the clergy to encourage small prayer group meetings within the local church to ensure great revival in the church.
“As Christians, we need to keep a close relationship with God by interacting with Him through His word and prayer,” Apostle Antwi said.
The Executive Council Member said this on Thursday, January 26, 2023, during the 2023 Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference, which is ongoing at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa.
Delivering a paper on the topic, “Encouraging Personal Devotion and Small Groups Prayer Meetings to Strengthen the Local Church,” Apostle Antwi defined a small group as a micro-community of three to twelve persons doing the Christian life deeply together.
“When you are few, you can expose yourselves to one another by sharing your weaknesses and strengths for support,” he said.
Using Matthew 4:18-22 and Luke 6:13 as scripture references, Apostle Antwi said that Jesus had a small group at the beginning of His ministry which enabled Him to minister within a framework of interpersonal relationship, saying, “This small group formed the basis or platform for His ministry to large groups.”
He added: “One of the trademarks of The Church of Pentecost is its dedication to prayer. The mantra: ‘Prayer is the work, and the work is prayer’ has been carried down from the Founder, Rev. James McKeown to the current generation.”
He disclosed that a typical assembly of the church had its doors open for any member to walk in and spend time before the Lord in prayer.
Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, therefore, called on the clergy to reflect on this fading core value and find appropriate ways to revamp it in an effort to strengthen the local church.