The Very Rev Dr John Kwesi Addo Jnr, the recently appointed General Secretary of The Bible Society of Ghana [BSG], has been cautioned to view his new post as that of a servant leader.
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In my capacity as The Bible Society of Ghana’s general secretary, I want it to sink in that you are a servant and a steward. The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church of Ghana, said such words to the new BSG reporter.
The Most Reverend Dr. Boafo was preaching at a church service to install the Very Reverend Dr. John Kwesi Addo Jr. as the Society’s eighth general secretary on March 19, 2023 at the Christ the King Methodist Chapel in East Legon.
In order to ensure that the work of the Bible Society is brought to a higher level, Most Rev Dr Boafo said, “See your leadership here as a servant, a servant who is down there, brewing to make effective, the work of the Bible Society.” He continued, “The moment you stop being a servant, who is ready to serve, then the ship grinds, the ship comes to a halt.”
The President of the Society, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah, prayed for God to give the new General Secretary grace and power to energise him for the work that lies ahead as he was sworn into office. The Immediate Past Chairperson of THE CHURCH OF PENTECOST prayed, “May you use him to impart society and wherever he goes.”
Most Rev. Dr. Addo Jr. thanked God and the BSG Council for giving him the opportunity to serve as General Secretary of the entire Christian community in Ghana and abroad. His goal was to create “a financially self-sustaining and excellent performing Society,” and he urged the leaders of the member churches to persuade their congregations both at home and abroad to join the Society and contribute to Biblical ministry.
The Rt Rev Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, gave an overview of the activities of BSG and stated that the Society’s focus is not only on the translation and distribution of Bibles but is also “interested in how the Bible imparts lives and alters society.”
BSG, a non-denominational and inter-denominational Christian organization founded in 1965 by churches in Ghana, aims to make God’s Word accessible and inexpensive while promoting its use to change lives.
The Society is now working on projects to cover more languages and update current Bible versions in addition to translating the Bible into nine of the most widely spoken Ghanaian languages.