So beautiful to watch how Ps. Mensah Otabil empowers and appreciates the music ministry of ICGC. Also, kudos to Ps. Edwin Dadson and the entire music team across ICGC for availing themselves and taking up the challenge to share their music ministry with excellence at this year’s Greater Works.
Why this is significant is that, most “mega” or prominent churches in Ghana and Africa have made it a culture of always highlighting the ministries of established music ministers outside their churches or countries. These ministers are honoured with stellar invitation packages to minister when it comes to huge annual events in the capacity Greater Works and others while relegating their own to the background completely.
While there is nothing wrong with inviting (music) ministers from outside the organising churches because we are of the same Christian faith, it is very important the local music ministries in churches are empowered, led and encouraged to also rise to such occasions. So many talents abound in-house and it is the duty of churches to discover, nurture and raise great talents, musicians, groups and ministries across the various artforms with sound Christian teaching and purpose for the Kingdom and the world.
The bad and insatiable self destructive Ghanaian “culture” of loving or choosing everything foreign over equally great local options, even when it is obvious there is no need, must change. This culture exists in the church and even beyond the church – within the music industry, business and even governance.
We must change else we will (1)never discover our own fortunes that are hidden or not at the fore, (2) shut doors of opportunities for our potentials, (3) stunt the growth of emerging talents and gifted people and (4) choke ourselves in the end with incompetence.
If ever there ever is a need of an external talent, global minister or leader for events or just for reference, we must ensure we do it in a way to put in place opportunities or programs for them to teach and impart our very own. It is the only way we can also rise to the occasion of national and global success.
The Ghanaian church can do more for the nation with a focus on the gospel and the people rather than wanting to project an image or brand that is fixated on a leader or denomination. Christian talents must subject themselves to sound learning and teaching and allow themselves to be led by God instead of forcing their ambitions (whether good or not) on the anointing. Ministry is not about you or the church but God!
Written and Publishedby: Clement Afreh CBCInc Hypes @clementafreh
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