Money, Pastors’ Wives and Church Members causes for Church Break-ups.
Many church successions and breakups occur as a result of greed for money, pressure from pastors’ wives and pressure from church members.
Rev. John B. Ghatey Head of department of Theology and Missions at the Central University College declared this unreserved declaration on Saturday July 14th 2007 at the launch of a new book “Succession within the charismatic churches, the causes and the possible solutions” written by Rev. Thom Adesina in Accra.
Rev. Ghatey was very charismatic about his disappointment about indiscipline and greed which has overtaken many pastors in the country.
He reiterated that, there could be amicable and genuine separation of pastors in a ministry who have different gifts and calling but disagrees with pure bitterness and greed splitting up great churches.
“It is a big shame when we label God’s voice as the reason for the breakup”. Rev. Ghartey said.
In response to this assertion, Rev. Ghartey said it is identity crisis that is causing most pastors to break away from their mother churches and not the “VOICE OF GOD”.
The book launch which was well attended by distinguished Pastors and business executives was to draw the attention of the charismatic community in Ghana concerning the increasing rate of church breakups which is detrimental to the body of Christ.
The author of the book Rev. Thom Adesina who said it took him three years of intensive qualitative research to come up with concrete data to authenticate his theories.
Speaking to the media, Rev. Adesina said there is no definite solution to the problem of church conflicts; however, there can be ways to minimize the epidemic.
He labels the problem as a cankerworm that must be dealt with wisdom and prayer.
Rev Adesina said, “Calling needs to be timed”.
The book will be on the Ghanaian market from July 16, 2007.