The Rt. Rev’d. Michael Agyakwa Bossman was elected at the 10th Biennial/48th Delegate’s Conference of The Methodist Church Ghana at Sekondi in August 2018. Having served as the Diocesan Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese and on many boards and offices, he brings into the high office of the Administrative Bishop, many years of experience to continue the work of the immediate Past Administrative Bishop, now the Presiding Bishop. Known for his charisma, eloquence, leadership qualities and administrative acumen, the Methodist Church Ghana inducts him into office at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral, Asafoatse Nettey-Accra on the 14th day of October 2018. Historically, he candidated into the Ministry in 1985 and was Commissioned in 1988 at the Wesley Cathedral in Accra.
The beautiful induction service begun with a colorful parade mounted by the Diocesan Brigade under the Command of the Connexional Brigade executives, led by Mr. R. N. A Amartey. The guard of honour was inspected by the Presiding Bishop, Diocesan Bishops, The Cathedral Superintendent Minister and Directors from the Head Office. The over 2000 seating capacity auditorium was filled with family, friends, loved ones, Organizational heads, and invited guests to witness and grace the occasion.
Robbing of Vestments and Insignia: The Lay President of The Methodist Church Ghana, Bro. Bernard Clement Kwesi Botwe presented The Administrative Bishop to the Presiding Bishop for his induction. A brief profile of the Bishop was read to the congregation. The robbing was solemn and systematic. He was robbed in a very beautiful regalia depicting Administrative authority of The Methodist Church Ghana. He was decorated with a gown and the Stole of office, the Skull Cap, The Pectoral Cross, The Connexional Bible, The ring, and The Constitution of the Methodist Church Ghana. These vestments are symbolic of his office and position and a reminder of his responsibility of his administrative office. He responded to the call to leadership with confidence as the Administrative servant of the Methodist Church and the entire Church community.
The Sermon: The sermon was preached by the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev’d. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo. Taking his text from “1 Peter 5:1-4 and focusing on “dealing with the challenges that confronts us as individuals and as a nation”. Reformation, revival and transformation of the Church and Nation require people who are ready to serve he espoused. He added that, the People called Methodist must come back to the Church to reflect on God’s mandate for them as servants for the people. He cited the Apostle Peter, and his quest to service for evangelism. He noted that, the act of humility, the spirit of service and sacrifice, the fruits we bear, how we implement our duties as leaders and shepherds over God’s flock. His sermon gave an exposition to remind Ministers, leaders and Lay our roles and duties in serving the people.
He mentioned that, indiscipline abounds these days in the Church. Indiscipline in the context of the behaviour and attitude of Ministers and Pastors. He called on leaders to act to correct such perception. Leaders must feed the flock, protect the flock, shield and teach the flock and develop the flock for service. He encouraged Bishops, Superintendents, Laymen and women and leaders at all levels to ascribe to Peter’s example of Godly leadership. He ended with the quote of John Wesley, “We have no business as a church, but to save souls”. He said, we should not be shamelessly greedy. Teach out Church the sole purpose of revival.
Acceptance: With joy and happiness, a right hand of fellowship was extended to him by the Church Hierarchy, family and friends and invited guests. He responded with a promise to continue with God’s work as the Administrative Bishop of The Methodist Church Ghana. The Induction Service was attended by over 2200 people including special guests, organizations, diocesan and societal representatives, the media and press. The service was streamed live on the Methodist Facebook page “Thy Kingdom Come”. It was also shared on Instagram, Twitter and the Church’s website. We wish to thank all well-wishers, family and friends and the entire Methodist church Community for the support. We also congratulate the Administrative Bishop for his new elevation. We pray for God’s grace and guidance in his tenure.
Long Live! The Methodist Church Ghana
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