BY RAMSON ACQUAH-HAYFORD
THE PRESIDING Bishop of the AME Zion Church, Rt Rev Dr Hilliard Dogbe, has charged churches and all religious institutions to accept and to live with the current digital trends.
According to him, it is apparent that most churches have condemned the idea of digitization and new media, but it is about time they looked at things from a different angle.
“In this new age of digitization, we really want to be sure that the church isn’t left behind; it has, therefore, become imperative for us to tap into the digital space and use it to enhance our mandate for discipleship,” he said.
He made this statement during the Pastors and Leaders Conference which came off at the Pentecost Convention Center, Kasoa today.
Rev Dr Dogbe added that though the church is looking at immersing itself in the current trend, it would be careful not to conform to the negative effects it comes with.
“We’re well aware of the negatives this new area possesses and we are well positioned to minimize this effect. Education, for me, is one of the main ways by which we can handle the effects. We can sensitize our people, hold trainings and in-house workshops to help the youth especially to know and manage these negatives.”
Rev Prof Kwabena Asamoah Gyadu, President of Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, was a keynote speaker at the event. He told DAILY HERITAGE that the role of the church in the history and development of the nation could not be under-estimated, hence the importance of this conference.
“The Church needs to be on top if its game when it comes to information technology because we cannot speak on national issues without proper documentation and information.
“For instance, if the government needs documents to inform a policy on education, the church should be able to provide a comprehensive background of information to assist in the process, and it is through digitizing our old files and documents and the new media initiatives that we can truly contribute to national development,” he said.
The conference, which happened on the theme ‘Re-tooling our people: Discipleship, digitization and church growth for national development’, saw most members from the Episcopal branches in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Liberia gather to grace the occasion.
Some distinguished guests present were Bishop Stacatto Powell, Mrs Cynthia Dogbe, Missionary Supervisor, and a host of pastors and Presiding Elders.