Dr. Mensah Otabil, has successfully built a national iconic ministry and by virtue of this success, which has translated into the church now having hundreds of branches in most communities and even a vibrant University, Dr. Mensa Otabil, may have strategically positioned himself, to mentor many others.
It is on this back, that, I chanced on Rev. Bernard Arde-Acquah, who teaches the word with such simplicity but depths, just like Dr. Otabil and has hosted him severally, to inspire his church as they also believe God, for such a glorious future too.
Many leading pastors, especially in Africa, mentors many other younger men of God and have either directly or indirectly submitted, to their spiritual parentage and hence, spiritual father is a common phrase amongst the Christian community!
Rev. Bernard Arde-Acquah, who is the General Overseer of a thriving church named, Powerhouse Ministries International, which is based at Korle Gonno. The church has hosted Dr. Otabil severally and from a quick look at the church's operations, one can find an element of ICGC in them. Currently, Rev Arde-Acquah has declared this year as a year of excellence and his radio ministry on Citi FM, is one thriving one.
The messages of Rev. Bernard Arde-Acquah, which is just like Dr. Otabil's teachings, goes beyond spiritual progress and also advances that, every member of the church must be a social change agent and play pivotal roles in transforming not just our communities and country, but also, the African continent, which is bedeviled by bad leadership and poverty.
Interestingly, in line with his own preaching over the years, he has made so much impact in his society and has thus become a very influential voice in this community and this has led to the chiefs at Korle Gonno, even installing him as the community's Chief of Development, some few years back.
The Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata, Nii Kojo Ababio V, had conferred on the church's senior pastor, Rev. Bernard Arde-Acquah, the title of "Noyaa Mantse" (development chief) at a ceremony in Accra, after the Paramount Chief had carefully monitored the contribution of the head pastor and his church to the chiefs and people of Ngleshie, especially in education, health, poverty reduction and his efforts towards enhancing the lives of the people.
Since then, Pastor Bernard Arde-Acquah have initiated a number of measures, aimed at improving the lives of the people in the community, through strategic activities to reduce poverty, provide quality healthcare and promote better education for the youth in the area.
His church, the Powerhouse Ministries International, turns 26years, as it was established in June 1995 and this is 11years, after Dr. Mensa Otabil had successfully planted his renowned International Central Gospel Church (ICGC).
Powerhouse Ministries International (PMI), started from the University of Ghana (Legon) campus, moved to Korle-Bu Medical School canteen; then to Social Welfare; again to a classroom in Mamprobi and finally to their current place of worship at Korle Gonno, close to the Tuesday Market – the ‘King’s Temple’ and currently have Four (4) vibrant branches in Accra and Kumasi and the church, have a specific mission statement to empower lives and offer practical solutions to life’s daily challenges, by growing an intense love for the Lord in obedience to the first and great commandment.
In pursuance of this vision, all PMI members are considered ‘potential pastors’ from the day of membership and must be nurtured to grow into that ‘calling’. Every member is therefore trained to be a minister and eventually move to the mission field with the Lord’s commission, this philosophy, they believe will influence and drive our vision.
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