Who we are as a church

Brief History

The Church of Pentecost was founded by Pastor James McKeown (1900-1989), an Irish missionary sent by the Apostolic Church, Bradford in the United Kingdom to the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1937.

Pentecost International Worship center (PIWC), Sunyani, was inaugurated on the 7th January 1992 under the chairmanship of Rev. Robert Acquaah.

Leadership

The Resident Minister Pastor Samuel Kwaku Asare, is the Leader of the PIWC Sunyani Presbytery. To help in his work is the District Presbytery. A six member committee have been elected by the Presbytery to closely help the resident Pastor to administer affairs of the church especially in the case when the whole presbytery cannot meet to deliberate on matters. They therefore represent the presbytery during emergency situations and matters to take decisions and actions. They form the District Executive Members.

Mission Statement

We exist to establish responsible and self-sustaining churches filled with committed, spirit-filled christians of character who will impact their communities

Vision Statement

To become a global Pentecostal church that is culturally relevant in vibrant evangelism, church planting, discipleship and holistic ministry.

Tenets of The Church of Pentecost

1. The Bible.

We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. That the Bible is infallible in its declaration, final in its authority, all-sufficient in its provisions and comprehensive in its sufficiency (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. The One True God.

We believe in the existence of the One True God, Elohim, Maker of the whole universe; indefinable, but revealed as Triune Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one in nature, essence and attributes; Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:26).

3. The Depraved Nature of Humanity.

We believe that: “all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God;” are subject to eternal punishment; and need repentance and regeneration (Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 53:6)

4. The Saviour.

We believe that man’s need of a Saviour has been met in the person of Jesus Christ, because of His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, resurrection and ascension; His abiding intercession and second coming (John 8:46; 14:30; Colossians 1:15; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 3:25; Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

5. Repentance, Justification and Sanctification.

We believe that all men have to repent of and confess their sins before God, and believe in the vicarious death of Jesus Christ to be justified before God. We believe in the sanctification of the believer through the working of the Holy Spirit and in God’s gift of eternal life to the believer (Luke 15:7; Acts 2: 38; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4: 3)

6. The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

We believe in the Sacrament of Baptism by immersion as a testimony of a convert who has attained a responsible age of about 15 years (Luke 3:21; Mark 16:16). [Infants and children are not baptized but are dedicated to the Lord] (Luke 2:22-24, 34; Mark 10:16). We believe in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper which should be partaken of by all members who are in full fellowship (Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:21-29; Acts 20:7).

7. Baptism, Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with signs following; and in the operation of the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; Galatians 5:22)

8. Divine Healing.

We believe that the healing of sickness and disease is provided for God’s people in the atonement. The Church is, however, not opposed to soliciting the help of qualified medical practitioners (2 Kings 20:7; Mathew 9:12; Luke 10:34; Colossians 4:14)

9. Tithes and Offering.

We believe in tithing and in the giving of free-will offerings towards the cause of carrying forward the Kingdom of God. We believe that God blesses a cheerful giver (Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:6-10; Mathew 23:23; Acts 20:35; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 9:1-9)

10. The Second Coming and the Next Life.

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and the Resurrection of the dead, both the saved and the unsaved – they that are saved, to the resurrection of life; and the unsaved, to the resurrection of damnation (Mark 13: 26; Daniel 12:2; John 5: 28-29; Acts 1:11; 10:42; Romans 2:7-11; 6:23)

11. Marriage and Family.

We believe in the institution of marriage as a union established and ordained by God for the lifelong, intimate relationship between a man as husband and a woman as wife as biologically defined at birth. We believe that God instituted marriage primarily for mutual help, fellowship and comfort that one ought to have for the other and for honourable procreation of children, and their training in love, obedience to the Lord and responsible citizenship. (Genesis 2:18, 21-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:1-2).