Department of Mission and Evangelism (M & E)

Functions

Keep under review the whole evangelistic task of the Church and the way it is being carried out.
Study and advice on methods of evangelism for use by congregations, groups, and individuals throughout the Church and encourage evangelistic programs.
Encourage and guide the Bible Study and Prayer Group.
Promote the evangelistic endeavors of other groups in the Church.
Perform other functions as may be directed by the General Assembly.
Committees under Mission and Evangelism

National level:

Committee on Evangelism
Committee on Global Mission
Committee on Specialized Ministries
Presbytery, District and Congregational levels:
Committee on Specialized Ministries
Committee on Evangelism
Major Programs of the Department

The Department of Mission and Evangelism organizes the following programs

School of Evangelism
‘In His Presence’ (retreat for Agents of the Church)
Retreat for Prayer Centre Leaders
Chaplains’ Conference
Blue Cross Society
Northern Outreach Programme (NOP)
Evangelism Consultation
Television ministry (Chanel of Hope)
BSPG Programs
P-SICE for NUPS-G
The Mission Blueprint

The PCG Mission Blueprint is the detailed Plan of Action based on the strategic principles of Jesus Christ and His Apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit developed to build a holistic ministry that can stand the test of time and mobilize the whole Church to accomplish the Great Commission. The Mission Blueprint is on four thematic areas/cycles as follows:

Evangelism and Outreach
Discipleship-Making
Church Planting
Church Growth
These four areas are propelled on two engines as:

Spiritual Awakening and Renewal
Strategic Management and Business Plan
OPERATIONAL TOOLS

Part One- Evangelism & Outreach
Three materials have been prepared to equip and mobilize members for Evangelism and Outreach programs. These are:

Steps to Salvation
Share the Life
Operation Philip: This can also be used for follow-ups.
Part Two- Disciple-Making
Two materials that will equip leaders and members are:

‘Rooted in Christ’ (Discipleship Study Guide for Victorious Christian Living)
The Presbyterian ‘CATECHISM’
Part Three- Church Planting

Available materials:

Church Planting flyers
Policy on Church Planting
Operational guidelines
Church Planting Bible Study material
Part Four – Church Growth

Materials on Church Growth are under preparations:

Church Growth flyers
Church Growth Study material
Operational guideline
Development and Social Services

Development and Social Services [DSS]

The mandate of D.S.S.
The Department of Development and Social Services takes its mandate from the constitution of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Article 29 section C
History of D.S.S.
Until the year 2000 when the General Assembly concept was accepted the office operated under the name Development Office and under the leadership of Miss Comfort Ntiamoah ( the late). She established the Vocational Training for Female Programme (V.TF.) which has its office at Osu and a training centre/Hotel in Kumasi at Kyirapatre. The General Assembly concept changed the name to Development and Social Services. Miss Comfort Ntiamoah became the Head of the V.T.F and a Director was found for the Department of D.S.S. The late Rev. K. Yeboah Duah was in office from 2002-2008.
Operational Focus of D.S.S.
The Department operated under the first P.C.G. strategic plan until 2010 when an evaluation was done and a re-planning embarked on. The result is the Medium Plan entitled 2010- 2012 Medium Term Strategic Plan then the final one Medium Term Strategic Plan 2013 -2015.
Based on this plan, the units of the Development had the following objectives which gave direction and focus to D.S.S.

a. Health: Promote mission through the provision of Health Services.
b. Agriculture: Promote mission through the provision of Agriculture Services.
c. N.G.O. (Presbyterian Relief services and Development): Strengthen the P.R.S. & D. and make it more functional.
d. Salem Financial Service: Provides investment services
e. Salem Water Company: Produces water for commercial service

The Core business
Under the new focus and direction, the Department has sought to apply for our activities and programs as not an end in themselves but as a means to reaching the ultimate goal of the church – P.C.G. which is Evangelism.
Self – Sustenance
In accordance with the vision and mission of the church, “To be a Christ-centered, self-sustaining and growing church”, the Department seeks to be self- sustaining and seeks to attain “self-sufficiency through effective resources mobilization”. By promoting socio-economic development through advocacy and effective delivery of social services.
Also in line with the core values of the church, the Department seeks to pursue “Hard work”, Godly leadership and Skills Development”.

In order to be obedient to the above guidelines, the D.S.S. changed its approach to Social Services delivery. We have ended the method of either taking money from donors or generating funds and just give to beneficiaries without any plan using that money generating funds to sustain the project. We rather seek to at least run every project to make it sustainable to run without the continuous pumping in funds from elsewhere.

New Direction
For this reason, all the various units embark on income-generating ventures with the view of generating internally generated funds that will help them run without depending on donors. This is the new direction that the Department is pursuing and must be seen as such.
Employable skills Development for the youth
The aspect of skills development and capacity building was part of the N.G.O. functions. They trained people in various employable skills e.g. Soap preparations, tie, and dye and batik, water purification packaging.
The Department operates under the following Committees

• Committee on Health and Environment
• Committee on Agriculture
• NGO Management Committee
• Committee on HIV and AIDS
• Committee on Entrepreneurship and Development
• Salem Financial Service Board
• Salem Water Company Board

Ecumenical and Social Relations

History of Ecumenism in PCG

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana’s partnership in Mission (ecumenism) traces its origin to the early missionary work of the Basel Missionary Society, and later to the United Free Church of Scotland. The Mission Boards pursued their evangelization and expansion programs through religious and secular education and evangelistic campaigns. Given the philosophy of missions at the time, their endeavors included the building of churches, schools, and hospitals.

In 1950, when the PCG became fully self-governing, the relationship was described as a “mother-daughter relationship”. This meant that the Basel Mission Society and the United Free Church on the one hand and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) on the other hand formed a trusting relationship to share complementary strengths and resources to reach mutual goals.

In 1956 the Presbyterian Church of Ghana established relations with many other churches in Europe. All along, the relationships had been between the Basel Mission Society (BMS) and the Church of Scotland (COS). Relationships were also established between the Netherlands Reformed Church and the United Reformed Church, UK.

Later on, in the century, the world ecumenical bodies such as the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the All Africa Council of Churches (AACC) recognized the PCG as a member in the ecumenical system.

In 1960 the PCG established the Inter-Church and Ecumenical Relations Desk. The functions are as stated below:

To advise the General Assembly Council on policy matters affecting the relations of the Church with local and international and local ecumenical bodies, such as the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the All-Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Ghana Pentecostal Council, and other recognized Christian bodies;
Resource and facilitate the direct partnership relationships between Presbyteries and overseas churches and institutions;
Maintain close contact with the Inter-faith/Inter-Church committee of CCG and to advise the Church on its relations with people of other faiths;
Organize programs/fora on issues of local and international ecumenical interest.
Work of the Department

There are two committees that operate under the department to help achieve its mandate. The committees are:

Church and Society Committee:
The Committee is entrusted with the responsibility to study the various social, cultural, political and moral trends of the country and advise the General Assembly Council on them, in order for the General Assembly to respond to them by Communiqué or any other means that the General Assembly would deem necessary to adopt.
The Committee on Ecumenism and Relations with People of Other Faiths
The committee is entrusted with the responsibility to advise the Church on matters affecting the relations of the Church with other churches and with Inter-Church or Ecumenical Bodies. It is also to work in close contact with the inter-faith Committee of the Christian Council of Ghana and advise The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) on its relations with people of other faiths and organize programs on Christian witness in the midst of other religious and Christian relations with members of other faiths.