One of the tasks of the Holy Spirit is to call godly leaders in the Church. Leaders in the church are required to respect and adhere to the principles, practices and directives of the Apostolic Church as laid down for all levels of leaders to equip the Saints and assist them to fruitful life and service (Ephesians 4:11-13), as well as transmitting the truth to each successive generation of converts and disciples who would also disciple others (2 Timothy 2:2)
The object of The Apostolic Church – Ghana, shall continue to be the teaching and preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Holy Scriptures, in conformity with the fundamental doctrines and practices accepted by the National Council, the highest governing body of the church. The established local assemblies adopt the teachings of the church as a basis for which they accept the government of the church.
The Organizational Structure of The Apostolic Church – Ghana, is headed by the National Council which is a forum of all Apostles, in active service and retired. The functions of the Council include determining and controlling with authority all spiritual, moral, governmental, doctrinal, social and financial matters which are vested in the Body of Apostles of the church. The National Council isheaded by the President. The Council formulates policies and takes decisions for the church in furtherance of obtaining the objects of the church.
There is a National Executive which ensures that the decisions and policies of the National Council are implemented. The National Executive is composed of the President, the Vice President, the General Secretary and four other Apostles appointed by the National Council. The Executive may co-opt other persons as when and where their services would be required.
The functions of the National Executive include receiving Reports and Minutes of all the Area Administrations and ratifying them on behalf of the National Council. The National Executive also attends to all policy issues of the church in-between National Council meetings and makes recommendations for ratification to National Council.
There is a National Consultative Meeting which acts in an advisory capacity to the National Council.
It comprises all members of the National Council, one Pastor from each Area nominated by duly constituted Area Pastorate, all Area Heads who are not Apostles, two representatives from each Area, Area Finance Committee Chairperson, Chairman and Secretary of the various National Standing Committees and two representatives from all the Movements of the church.
The meeting reviews the Annual Report on the State-of-the-Church by the President. It also submits recommendations from the respective Areas, Committees and Movements for the consideration of the National Council.
Another important facet of the leadership structure is the National Management Officers. The Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the church at the National level. The Team is stationed at the National Headquarters of the church in Accra. The President, Vice President, General Secretary, Ministerial Affairs Director, Evangelism and Missions Director, Finance Director and Director-Operations of Movements, form the National Management Team.
Next comes the Area Pastorate controlled by the Area Administration which is headed by the Area Head. All the Apostles and Pastors in active service within the Area who are recognized by the National Council form the Area Pastorate. Some of the functions of the Area Pastorate are, to formulate, in consultation with the Area Presbytery, policies for the Area, provided such policies do not conflict with the policies laid down by the National Council. The Pastorate also makes recommendations concerning Area, District and Local Officers appointments to the National Executive.
There is an Area Presbytery which acts as the consultative and advisory body to the Area Pastorate. This body is made up of all Area Apostles, Pastors and Elders recognized by the National Council in the Area. The President, Vice President and General Secretary are ex-officio members. The Area Presbytery, among others, develops strategies to improve the material and spiritual well being of the members in the Areas.
The next level in the leadership structure is the District Presbytery which is composed of all Apostles, Pastors and Elders recognized by the National Council. This body exercise general oversight responsibilities over the activities of the Local Assemblies in the District. It establishes Local Assemblies, organizes and monitors their activities for the enhancement of the membership within the District.
The Local Presbytery which is the next in the chain of command is subject to the general direction of the National Council and takes decisions and implements policies at the local level. There are Management Teams at Area, District and Local levels. They are tasked with the policy and decision, implementation and are also responsible for the day-to-day administration at their various levels. They also report to their respective Presbyteries. “And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayer” (Acts2:42)