Renewal efforts needed to overcome socio-economic challenges


Rt. Reverend Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Accra, has called on Christians to intensify their efforts in the renewal of the church.

He said such renewal efforts are needed to help attend to the socio-economic challenges facing the country.

The Diocesan Bishop was speaking at the silver jubilee thanksgiving service held at the Christ the King Anglican Church at Sakumono.

The event has as its theme: “25 years of urban mission within the context of Anglicanism; our calling, our passion”.

The ceremony, which climaxed a year-long activity, brought together diocesan clergy and members of the public.

Rt. Rev. Dr Torto said the calling of Anglicans is to partake in the mission of God.

“Christians must be seen as the light and salt of the world. This calls for deep introspection even as you mark 25 years of urban mission”, he said.

Baptism, he said, should be an inward sign that leads Christians on their mission, because this will renew their joy for purposeful lives.

He said in spite of the enormous challenges confronting the Christian faith and considering the competitive environment the church finds itself, more would be attained if Christians strove to maintain their faith.

He said the unguarded actions and seeming inactions of some Christians are a deterrent for church building and this is a concern we need to address.

Reverend Canon Patrick Okaijah-Bortier, Vicar of the Christ the King Anglican Church, expressed appreciation to parishioners for their enormous contribution to the development of the church.

He with a concerted effort, the parish would experience tremendous growth and become a model within the Anglican Diocese of Accra.

He urged parishioners to chart paths of oneness guided by the image of God.

“This will enable us to make a strong impact in our community as the moral conscience of our society”, he said.

Canon Okaijah-Bortier said “our commitment to Christ and investment in kingdom advancement activities in this parish will have far reaching impact on prosperity”.

The thanksgiving service witnessed the dedication and commissioning of an expanded and furnished office complex and the presentation of awards to distinguished parishioners.


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