Over 80 years in the annals of Church History of Ghana, one denomination has consistently but quietly been playing an influential role in Christianity in the nation. The Apostolic Church-Ghana, which is part of the worldwide Apostolic movement, whose root is connected to the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905, has never relented its Pentecostal-Apostolic ministry under the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit.
Established 80 years ago at Asamankese in the Eastern Region of Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast), the Apostolic Church-Ghana, has through its Apostolic mandate (according to Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 2:42-47), touched many lives having brought about great national and spiritual transformation by dint of its multifaceted but holistic ministries which are structured under Missions/Evangelism, Pastoral, Prophetic, Teaching, Preaching, Prayer and Social.
STRUCTURE OF MINISTRY
There are four dynamic yet basic ministerial roles of the church functional through the following specific approach;
1. UPWARD APPROACH MINISTRY: (Up-Reach). This is where the church reaches up or communicates to God through Praise, Prayer and Worship (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 33:1; Malachi 3:16; Luke 11:1-9; Ephesians 5:19-20, 6:18; Colossians 3:1-4)
2. DOWNWARD APPROACH MINISTRY: (Down-Reach). God reaching down by communicating and giving to the church gifts, prophetic messages, inspiration, reproof, etc. These can be obtained from the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and revelations during Bible Study, Preaching, Teaching, etc. (Genesis 28:15; Exodus 33:14; Jeremiah 33:3; Ephesians 3:16-17; 4:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
3. INWARD APPROACH MINISTRY: (In-Reach). The church reaching out individually and collectively to those inside the local church through Fellowship, Word Exhortation/Preaching & Teaching, Sharing, Welfare, Motivation, Accountability, Equipping, etc. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9;Ps. 133:1-3; Luke 2:36-37; Timothy 2:2-3; Hebrew 10:25)
4. OUTWARD APPROACH MINISTRY: (Out-Reach). The church reaching out to those outside the church. Ministering in the areas of Missions, Evangelism/Soul winning, Visitations, Pastoral Care, Social activities, etc. (Ps. 22:27; Matt.28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Ac. 26:17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-20).
To promote unity-in-diversity in the body of Christ, the Apostolic Church-Ghana, has instituted the various Wings or Sub-Movements to deal with the specific and specialized challenges among the brethren, thus the formation of Women’s Movement, Men’s Movement, Witness Movement, Apostolic Students and Associates (APOSA) and Children & Teen’s Ministry. These movements were established to supplement the Five-Fold Ascension Ministries of the Church – i.e, the ministry of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers (Eph.4:8-13).
Having said that, we need never misplace the sight of the number of auxiliary Church Boards and Committees that are put in place by the National Council of the church to augment the Council’s Social Responsibility.