CORE BELIEFS (TENETS) OF THE CHURCH
The church is founded on eleven fundamental beliefs or tenets. They are:
1. THE HOLY TRINITY
(a) 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 (Job 42:2,Gen. 1:1 Matt. 3: 16-17, 2Cor 13:14; Matt. 28:19; Gen. 1: 26; Is 40: 28; Is 45: 22-23; Is 46: 19-10)
(b) JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus is Lord and Christ, the only Son of God: the “Logos” was with God in the beginning, and is Himself God. All things were made through Him. In Him is life and light of the world; He came into the world, begotten of the Holy Spirit so that to those who receive Him might be given power of the sonship of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man (John 1:1, Luke 1:31-33).
(C) HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who in times past spoke through the prophets and today speaks through the church; who manifests Himself through Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Deacons and the entire people of God, for the perfecting of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of fullness of Christ. The Holy Spirit who, in these last days, is outpoured on all flesh so that sons, daughters, servants and handmaids prophesy, youngmen see visions and oldmen dream; through Him the people of God receive a new bath and are made members of God's kingdom.
Fruits for the world show forth love, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. The father sent His Spirit to bear witness to His Son, Jesus Christ. New birth and Christian growth are all his work. The Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit caring and loving all saints; the Holy Spirit intercedes with the Father on behalf of mankind with groaning that no words can describe. We believe in the gifts of the spirit (John 3: 1-8, 14-16, Act 1: 18, Acts 2: 16-18, 1Cor 12: 11-14; Ephes. 4: 1-14, Gal. 5:22-23)
2. THE BIBLE
We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. That the Bible of infallible in its declaration, final in its authority, all-sufficient in its provisions and comprehensive in its sufficiency. (2 Tim 3: 16, 2 Peter 1: 21)
3. MAN’S DEPRAVED NATURE
We believe that: “all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and are subject to eternal punishment, all need repentance and regeneration (Gen. 3: 1-19, Isa 53:6, Rom 3: 23)”
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 Intercessions and Second Coming (John 8: 46, 14-30 Col. 1:15; 2nd Cor. 5:19 Rom 3: 25; Acts 2: 36, Phil, 2:9-11, Thess. 4: 16 -17, Rev. 22: 20)
5. REPENTANCE, JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION
We believe 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 (Act 2: 38, Luke 15: 7, Roman 4: 25, 5: 16, I Cor. 1: 30, I Thess. 4: 3)
6. THE SACRAMENTS 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 13 years (Luke 3: 21, Mark 16: 16) (Infants are not baptized but are dedicated to the Lord). (Luke 2:22 -24, 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; Matt. 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 the initial evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2: 3-4, 28 – 29, Joel 2:28-29) sign following; and in the operation of the gift and the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (1 Cor 12: 8-11, Mark 16: 17, Acts 2: 4; Gal 5; 22)
8. NEXT LIFE
We believe in the Resurrection of both the saved and unsaved; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and the unsaved to the resurrection of damnation (John 5: 28-29, Dan 12: 2 ; Rom 2:7, 6:3)
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 ( Mal 3: 10, Heb 7: 1 , Luke 6: 38, Act 20: 35)
10. DIVINE HEALING
We believe that the healing of sickness and disease in provided for God's people in the atonement (Isaiah 53: 4- 5, Matt. 8:8, 7: 17, Mark 16: 18, James 5: 14-16, Luke 13:10-16). The Church is however, not opposed to soliciting the help of qualified medical practitioners.
11. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We believe that God is both Creator and the Judge of all men; that we should therefore share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men from every kind of oppression. We believe that when people receive Christ they are part of His Kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of the unrighteous world; the salvation of which we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities, faith without works is dead (James 2:14-25).
GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH
The General Council shall be the highest policy making body. The General Council shall be made up of all Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Ordained Pastors of the Church, National Heads, National Secretaries, Trustees, Chairmen of Boards and Committees, and Ministries’ General Leaders or Directors. Specialists, Retired Ministers and other persons may be invited to attend without voting rights.
1. 9.1 The Executive Board is spearheaded by the General Overseer; it is primarily responsible for the day-today administration of The Church. The Executive Board is be responsible to the General Council and implement policies and decisions of the General Council. The term of office of the Executive Board members shall be five (5) years. Members of the Executive Board may be re-elected for further terms.
It shall be made up of seven (7) members comprising:
1. The General Overseer
2. The General Secretary
3. The International Missions Director (IMD)
4. Four (4) elected Apostles or Prophets
*In the situation where Apostles and/or Prophets are not available, Pastors and /or Elders may be elected.
The Executive board is currently made up of Apostle Sampson Adjei Berko (General Overseer), Rev. Stephen Nsiah Peprah (General Secretary), Rev. Samuel Antwi (Executive Member, GHMI), Rev. Kennedy Kyei Baffuor (Executive Member, GHMI), Rev James Osei Mensah (National Head, GHMI-USA), Elder Paul Clifford Agyei (National Deacon/Financial Secretary) and Elder Daniel K. Gyandoh (Treasurer)
Below the General Council and the Executive Board, we have the District Presbytery which consist of the Minister/Pastor, his wife, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses in the District. It is the highest policy-making body in the District. It shall also discuss and decide on matters affecting the welfare of the district
Finally, the district has a number of local congregations headed by presiding elders who implement decisions of the District Presbytery with the assistance of their local presbyteries. The Local Presbytery which shall consist of the Presiding Elder, his wife, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses of the Local Assembly. It shall decide on matters concerning the Local Assembly. A local presbytery officer shall hold office for a term of three (3) years and may be reviewed for further terms.
This chain of command ensures there is both vertical and horizontal flow of communication, thereby making implementation of policies and feedback very vital ingredients of effective administration.