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The Church of Pentecost, as part of the Vision 2028 agenda, has in recent years committed itself to embarking on a digital transformation to adapt its operations to the modern global digital revolution.

The Information Management Department of the Head Office of the Church has taken proactive steps towards achieving the Church’s vision for digital transformation by 2028. Under the leadership of Pastor Paul Odai Laryea, the IT Manager of the Church, the department has initiated series of comprehensive residential training workshops for all Area IT Coordinators in the Church.

On April 9, 2024, the first phase of the training began with 66 Area IT Coordinators in the Northern Sector of the Church held at the Pentecost Convention Centre at Brofoyedu, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The three-day intensive training which ended on April 11, 2024, was designed to provide participants with both theoretical insights and practical skills to equip them with the necessary proficiency in utilising PentDigital Resources, including the Enterprise Resource Planning System of the church (PENTERP), Church Management System (PentChMS), Geographical Information System (PentGIS), Document Management System (PentDMS), and IT Policy. The training was to enable participants to effectively train others within their respective Areas and Districts.

The initiative underscores the commitment of the Church in embracing digital technologies and adapting to the evolving landscape of modernisation to curb the challenges that come with the traditional approaches to information management. By empowering Area IT Coordinators with the requisite knowledge and skills, the Church aims to streamline its operations, enhance efficiency, and foster a more interconnected community in line with its overarching vision of Possessing the Nations.

Pastor Paul Odai Laryea, in his opening address, explained the rationale for the digital transformation agenda in The Church of The Pentecost. He noted that as the Church has evolved into a global Pentecostal Church with presence in over 170 different nations, adopting a comprehensive approach by fully leveraging on modern technological capabilities to enhance the delivery of its vision and mission is crucial. Hence, the need for the ongoing digital transformation, that is, the integration of digital technology into the life and operations of the Church.

The IT Manager reiterated that digital transformation is not only about technology but also about people management.

He ended his presentation by reminding the participants to understand and fully embrace their crucial role in harnessing the potential of technology to advance the mission and objectives of the Church.

Other facilitators at the workshop include Pastor Francis Nyarko Koomson (Ashanti Regional IT Coordinator), Overseer Nicholas Dei-Kumi (Archivist) and Elder Ebenezer Arhin Mensah (Senior Accounts Officer at the Headquarters).

The second phase of the training will take place from April 16 to 18, 2024, for the Southern Sector at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.

Report by Overseer Isaac Kwabena Tagoe (Member, Tamale Area IT Team)

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