Afirst-ever stewardship summit in the West-Central Africa Division was held in Ghana on the Valley View University campus at Techiman. The West-Central Africa Division in collaboration with the Ghana Union Conference organized the event, and 300 people attended.
The objective was to introduce delegates to the new strategies for stewardship promotion.
According to Armando Miranda, a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, “stewardship is the lifestyle of one who has a living relationship with Jesus Christ, accepts His Lordship and walks in partnership with God, and acts as His agent to manage His affairs on earth. This transcends financial stewardship, which [formerly] has been the emphasis.”
For the world church stewardship director, Erika Puni, the summit has been able to bring church leadership, district pastors, and laypersons together to learn about wholistic stewardship.
“Too much attention has been given to financial stewards in the church, yet stewardship is wholistic; it is about one’s relationship with Christ and his response to God. Delegates must understand the principles of the new approach and then go back to adopt them to fit their environment,” said Puni.
Hosting the summit was both an opportunity and a challenge for the Ghana Union Conference (GUC), said GUC President Samuel A. Larmie. “It was an opportunity to host” the event, he said. “It also comes as a challenge, because since we hosted it, the GUC will be expected to yield some good results after the summit,” he added.
Some 300 delegates, comprising church officers, pastors, and laypersons, attended the five-day event held under the theme “Faithfulness in the Mission of Hope.”
According to Emmanuel Odenke Abbey, stewardship director of the Ghana Union Conference, “the attendance has been good. This is the first-ever stewardship summit in the division, and I am glad it was held in Ghana.”
—Reported by Solace Asafo, Ghana Union, and Gilbert Weeh, West-Central Africa Division, with Adventist World Staff.