KUMASI DIOCESAN MEN’S FELLOWSHIP HOLDS 32ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on the theme
“Go and make disciples to all nations: Rekindling the Methodist Men’s Fellowship for the Church Growth” (Matt. 28: 19a).
The 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Kumasi Diocesan Men’s Fellowship was held from 24th to 2th March, 2017 at the Ayigya Bethel Society, Kumasi. The Meeting was heralded by pre conference Rallies in the Three Zones in the Kumasi Diocese. The activities during the Rallies include talks on Group Life Policy with Donewell Life, Prostrate Cancer and Investment Opportunities. The Rallies were climaxed with a joint one at the Wesley Cathedral, Adum-Kumasi on 21st March 2017 where the Bible Quiz competition was held.
The Diocesan Chairman of the Fellowship, Brother Kwasi Agyeman Bediako, on behalf of the Diocesan Executive Council of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowship, warmly welcomed all the Delegates to the opening ceremony of the 32nd Annual General Meeting. He graciously thanked God for making it possible for us to converge there peacefully for our 32nd Annual General Meeting with the theme “Go and make disciples to all nations, Rekindling the Methodist Men’s Fellowship for the Church Growth” (Matt. 28: 19a).
“By this theme, we are commanded to send the whole Gospel to the whole world, saving men and women in body and mind as well as the spirit. Brethren, we therefore need to pray without ceasing so that we can hold fast the doctrine, spirit and discipline that informed Wesley to take up evangelism.”
The Diocesan Chairman was grateful to God for lifting him up to the position of the Diocesan Chairman. Brother Agyeman Bediako expressed his appreciation to the Superintendent Minister – Ayigya Circuit, Ayigya Bethel Leaders Meeting and the Circuit Council of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowship to host this 32nd Annual General Meeting.
He thanked the Planning Committee which was constituted to plan the Annual General Meeting. He was also grateful to Brother Edward Nketia – Asante the Immediate Past Chairman for his brotherly advice and also instituting the quiz sponsorship dubbed ENAQ. This sponsorship propelled the Kumasi Diocese to win the Connexional quiz trophy in 2016 at the Koforidua Conference. The Chairman again appreciated the Church’s hierarchy especially the Dynamic Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Christopher Nyarko Andam for accepting to be part of the Annual General Meeting. He lastly thanked the Diocesan Lay Chairman, Brother Prof Seth Opuni Asiama and Brother James Kwaku Oppong, the first District/Diocesan Chairman of the Fellowship for their guidance.
Seventy – five (75) of our members had been called into the bosom of God to await the sound of the trumpet.
On membership drive, the Diocese recorded a growth of 0.33% during the period under review.
Eleven (11) of the Circuits recorded growth, twelve (12) recorded reduction whilst nine (9) maintained its membership.
The growth was as a result of five (5) inaugurations and membership drive during Anniversary Celebrations. The reduction in membership could be attributed to factors such as transfers, and high death rate of seventy – Five (75) brethren.
The Diocesan Chairman used the occasion to congratulate and commend the members of the Diocesan Evangelism and outreach team namely; Brothers Ebenezer Acquah, Prosper Adunarh Narteh, Clement Mensah and Paul Arhin Donkor for their selfless services rendered to the Diocese. These members had also identified Circuits without Men’s Fellowships within the Diocese and were seriously nursing those branches for inauguration before 2018 AGM.
The Chairman recounted the following achievements: that
- Five (5) nursery branches had been successfully inaugurated, Ampeyoo mount Olivet, Apire, Asokore Mampong, Aprabo and Solomon Agyapong Memorial.
- Brother Prof. Seth Opuni Asiamah Chairman of Diocesan Advisory Council had been inducted as Kumasi Diocesan Lay – Chairman.
- Three (3) members of the Diocesan Men’s Fellowship namely Brothers James Kojo Woode Late F. L. Adonteng and Abraham Kwabena Dapaah had also been given “Awards of Excellence” during the 4th Biennial General Meeting (BGM) of the Kumasi Diocesan Lay Movement
- Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Ministerial Chaplain had been elected and inducted as the Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church – Ghana.
- Samuel Bentum Arthur and Rev. Emmanuel Sarpong Bannor of South Suntreso Good Shepherd and Aboagya Ernest Sawyer Branches respectively had been commissioned into the Ministry.
He admitted the following challenges:
- The Inability the of Branches to settle their financial obligations promptly
- Some branches and circuits do not submit their reports on time
- How to convince most members to register for group life insurance policy which is our main welfare
- Ageing members
The Chairman had the following projections:
- To organize special programme with the Diocesan Women’s fellowship and Youth Fellowship
- To inaugurate most of the Nursery Branches
- Leaderships seminar to be organized for all Diocesan, Circuits, and Branch Officers
- Outreach and Evangelism Team to assist in establishing councils in the circuits without counci
INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITY
The Diocese organized rallies in all the three zones every quarter of the year under review.
WIDOWS AND CHILDREN OF DEPARTED BRETHREN
The fellowships tradition of supporting the windows and children of departed brethren during Christmas festivity was fully observed.
GROUP TERM LIFE INSURANCE POLICY
The group term life insurance policy instituted during Brother Asare Yeboah’s term of office was still in operation, so far about 500 members had registered for the 2017/18 periods. There had been a marked of reduction in the registration.
In line with the strategic plan, the idea of exercising the body as men which began during the term of Brother Bright Osei Agyemang was still in progress but it is rather unfortunate members were not patronizing as expected.
The Diocesan Chairman recommended the Kumasi Diocesan Bishop for tasking all Ministers to celebrate the Men’s day last year. This year Men’s day would fall on 14th – 21st May.
He therefore tasked all Circuit Chairmen to make sure they send representatives to all Societies with or without Men’s Fellowship to witness the day and report to us whiles we brief Bishop for total proceeds from all Societies and subsequent payment to Connexion.
He concluded by reminding members of our short lives on earth and urged all to give their lives totally to our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the keynote address delivered by the Bishop he mentioned that, God always stands behind His word. He reminded members gathered that, the word of God never falls to the ground, but as the good seed is sown, it will always produce results and prosper. God guarantees it “for as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth, it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
The Kumasi Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev’d Christopher Nyarko Andam reminded the men that, men occupy important and critical positions in the society. Many cultures place man in positions higher and above women and children. He added that almost everything in the world is entrusted into the hands of men. He therefore advised men to rise up to the task when it comes to the Church’s programmes by owning and leading all others towards the objectives of the mother church. He concluded by reiterating his evangelism project dubbed “Bring one to the Lord” and said the core duty of every Christian especially the Methodist is to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, witness to people and bring them to the Lord.
On the part of the Diocesan Lay Chairman, Brother Prof Seth Opuni Asiama, who is also a member of the Men’s Fellowship, encouraged and appealed to the Circuits to link up with other Circuits that may be less endowed to help them not only to maintain their membership but reach out to new souls which are currently not being reached due to lack of resources. He added that, apart from monetary support, the following should also be considered:
- Many of our Circuits have strong organizations while others have weak or sometimes, non-existent organizations. It should be the duty of the strong to support the weak.
- Organizations could organize training programmes with their counterparts in the weaker Circuits to build their capacity.
- Many Circuits have developed good practices in fund-raising and other areas of the church’s work which could be shared with weaker Circuits in more meaningful ways.
- Stronger Circuits could organize themselves to hold joint harvests with specific Societies in the weaker Circuits to help share the blessings the Father has bestowed on them.
- Equipment and materials such as musical instruments, pews, hymn books and choir robes which have become old fashioned or superfluous to the needs of some societies could help improve the worship life of some societies in the weaker Circuits.
- The support will not only be one-way. The less-endowed Circuits could also have a few things to share to improve the stronger Circuits.
KUMASI DIOCESAN MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GETS SPONSORSHIP FOR QUIZ COMPETITIONS NICKNAMED ENAQ.
ENAQ stands for Edward Nketia-Asante Quiz.
The architect of ENAQ is Brother Edward Nketia Asante, the Immediate Past Chairman of Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Men’s Fellowship. Getting to the latter part of his term of office, he expressed his sentiments in the inability of the Kumasi Diocese to excel in the Association’s Bible Quiz competitions. The Brother therefore instituted and took upon himself the sponsorship of the quiz competitions in which the Men’s Fellowship would take part. A committee comprising the following brethren was formed:
Bro Dan OwusuAppiah Chairman
Bro Kofi Ampofo-Nuako Secretary
Bro Ebenezer Acquah Member
Bro Prosper Adunarh Nattey Member
Bro Owusu Boahen Member
The maiden contest was held on Saturday the 12th day of March, 2016. The venue was Freeman Methodist old-Church Hall, Mbrom-Kumasi. The six contestants were seated by 9:00am. The contest started at exactly 10:00am.
The contest was made of three rounds. Round 1 covered the Gospel according to St Luke. Round 2 was on the history of the Methodist Men’s Fellowships. That round was made up of two parts. The first part was on the history of the Connexional Fellowship and the second part was on the history of Kumasi Diocesan Fellowship. The round three was on the Constitution and Standing Orders of the Methodist Church Ghana, Sections 3A and 3B (601-620).
The contestants were:
|1. Bro Abu Garshun||Atonsu Circuit||0266756607|
|2. Bro Opoku Manu||Asawasi Circuit||0276164649|
|1. Bro Felix Okyere||Bantama||0207851679|
|2. Bro Eric Gyamfi||Bantama||0244609275|
|1. Alex BempongBoateng||Suame||0542566591|
|2. Gabriel Agyapong||Old Tafo||0243355466|
In attendance was Brother Edward Nketia Asante who was the architect and sponsor of the program. The Chairman for the occasion was Brother Anthony Owusu Amankwatia, the Vice Chairman of the Diocesan Fellowship. All the ENAQ Committee members were present. They are Brother Dan Owusu Appiah (Chairman), Brother Kofi Ampofo- Nuako (Secretary), Brother Owusu Boahen, Brother Prosper Adunarh Narteh, Brother Isaac Agyenim Boateng, and Brother Ebenezer Acquah.
The quiz officials were
Quizmaster and Producer Very Rev Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo;
Time Keeper Brother Owusu Boahen; and
Score Master Brother Prosper Adunarh Narteh.
|Contestants||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total||Position|
|Alex B. Boateng||4||7||8||19||6th|
KUMASI DIOCESAN MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GETS A NEW MINISTERIAL CHAPLAIN
The Diocesan Chairman, Brother Kwasi Agyeman Bediako in consultation with the Kumasi Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev’d Christopher Nyarko Andam appointed the Very Rev’d Kusi Appau Bediako, the Superintendent Minister of Buokrom Estate Circuit, Kumasi as the new Ministerial Chaplain of the Diocesan Men’s Fellowship. He replaces Rt Rev’d Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana who was the Diocesan Men’s Fellowship Chaplain until 2016. The Induction Service of the Very Rev’d Kusi Appau Bediako, as the Ministerial Chaplain was held during the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Diocesan Fellowship held at Ayigya Bethel Chapel from 24th to 26th March, 2017.