See Chieftaincy As A Ministry - Rev Dr Opuni - Frimpong Challenges Chiefs

   Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong addressing the Royals and Executives conference 2017

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has challenged Christian traditional rulers to see the chieftaincy institution as a ministry and, therefore, must use their revered positions to positively impact lives of their people.

Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong was speaking at the just-ended 2nd Royals Conference organised by The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region which took place from June 7-9, 2017.

The conference, which was on the theme, “An Example of Christ as a Christian Royal,” was attended by chiefs from across the country, comprising paramount chiefs, queens, divisional and sub-chiefs.

Speaking on the topic: “The Example of a Christian in Chieftaincy,” Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong called on Christian chiefs and queens to see their calling as divine because chieftaincy emanates from God.

“If God has called us to serve as chiefs, then we will not kill people in order to be kings and queens; if you are not called as a chief and you force your way there you will end up disgracing yourself, selling lands indiscriminately and abusing your office.

“Chieftaincy is not just a vacant space that we fight for but a ministry that we are called to serve. If you fight to get there, then God has not called you. We should not use money to fight our way into chieftaincy positions,” he indicated.

Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong underscored the need for Christian traditional rulers to lead with the fear of God and total reliance on His word to ensure integrity at all times.

Quoting from Revelations 21:24, he stated that the kings of the world who reign with the fear of God will all appear before God in heaven in their splendor and honour.

With this assurance, he called for a turning point in the chieftaincy institution in Ghana, urging Christians not to tag the chieftaincy institution as evil but as a ministry which God is raising people to serve in it.

He entreated the church and clergy not to neglect the chieftaincy institution but help to build it up with Christian principles in order to meet God’s standard.

“We should never think that we can go to heaven alone without our traditional leaders because they have to appear before God with their splendor. The church and traditional leaders must work together to help one another to make it to heaven,” he stressed.

According to Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong, for chiefs and queens to make it to heaven in their glory and honour then they have to live and die for Christ. This, he said, will help them to serve with dignity, humility, truth and selflessly.

He pointed out that modern day chieftaincy is not about waging wars against states and annexing them, but about development and promotion of quality education, healthcare, sanitation and helping to liberate the people from poverty.

He, therefore, entreated Christian royals to be full of the power of the Holy Spirit for them to be unique and be agents of change in the chieftaincy institution.



June 30, 2017



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