The ceremony held at the Global Evangelical Church, Trinity Chapel, Kotobabi in Accra, saw four pastors commissioned as probationers to serve for two years after, which they would qualify for ordination.
Nineteen pastors were ordained after successfully completing their two-year period of probation and upon recommendation by their congregations, districts, presbyteries and the Synod Committee of the Church.
Right Reverend Dr Setorwu Ofori, Moderator of the Church, who officiated the ceremony, led the pastors to take their vows to be faithful stewards, teachers of the Gospel and followers of Jesus Christ in sincerity.
They were also to be of good example and shepherds to their congregants, seek the unity and peace of the Church, take good care of their families and be subject to the authority of the Church.
Rev Raphael Mac Attih, Synod Clerk of the Church, delivering the sermon said, the Priesthood is one of the ancient professions created by God that should be taken seriously.
He mentioned Law and Medicine as the other ancient professions but said: “The office of the pastor is the most challenging among the three ancient professions because the pastor has to deal with all manner of people.
“The profession we have decided to welcome into our lives is not a profession that we can toy with,” he said.
He urged the newly commissioned and ordained pastors to submit themselves to the leadership of God as their “senior partner in ministry”.
Rev Attih said pastors should not draw attention to themselves instead of God.
He cautioned them to watch out for the temptation of taking the glory and praise that belongs to God in the discharge of their duties.
He called on the leadership of the country to make God the head “as enshrined in our National Anthem for God to continue to bless our home land Ghana”.
The Synod Clerk said: “Leading Ghana is not the birthright of any individual, neither the birthright of any political party. Ghana is the Lord’s,” he said.
He asked political leaders to seek the face of the Lord and walk before him.
Rev Dela Donkor, one of the newly ordained pastors on behalf of his colleagues, expressed gratitude to God for the training they received from the Global Theological Seminary of the Church and to the leadership of the Church for their encouragement and nurturing.
Source: GNA/News Ghana