MESSAGE FROM DR. OTABIL
As the General Overseer, one of the key responsibilities I have is to be a shepherd and a guide to the churches and congregations under my care. To do that, I have to hear from God and know what He is saying to His flock and where He wants to take them.
Each year, in the month of July, our church has a Spiritual Emphasis Month. For thirty days we pray, fast and wait on the Lord. I use the Spiritual Emphasis Month primarily to seek God's guidance for the church, especially for the coming year. It is during this time that I settle on the theme for the New Year, which is still six months away.
We've had several themes in the past which have acted as guides for us as a church. In this season, time and year, I sense God calling on us to walk in righteousness in a more practical way and I believe He wants us to pursue PURITY in all we are and in all we do. Purity grants us access to God. Purity causes the everlasting doors and gates to open. Join us on this journey.
There are three areas of Purity that God wants us to emphasize:
1. Purity of Heart
2. Purity of Thoughts
3. Purity of Hands
I look forward to seeing you at 2012 Greater Works Conference.
SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS MONTH
Every year, the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) observes July as The ‘Spiritual Emphasis Month’ during which period members of the church all over the world fast, pray and also seek the face of the Lord concerning His will and purposes for their lives.
Every day during The Spiritual Emphasis Month, members of the church meet briefly to pray for nations, the church, families and their personal lives. It is also a time of transformation, renewal and empowerment for greater works in the lives of God’s people.
The Spiritual Emphasis Month is climaxed with the “Greater Works Conference” hosted by Dr. Mensa Otabil, General Overseer of ICGC.
This year’s Greater Works Conference will be held from Monday, 23rd July to Friday, 27th July 2012 at Christ Temple, Abossey Okai. Morning session: 9am-12noon. Evening session: 6.00pm - 9pm.
The Guest Speakers will be Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London, UK, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Founder of Jabula - New Life Ministries International in Harare, Zimbabwe and Bishop Mike Okwonkwo, Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Nigeria and the host, Dr. Mensa Otabil.
GREATER WORKS CONFERENCE
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father”. John 14:12
‘Greater Works’ is one of ICGC’s major annual conferences. For over a decade, it has grown to become a platform for a major spiritual and mental re-orientation for our generation.
Great insight and awesome revelations from the Word of God inspire, equip and challenge thousands of people from Ghana and across the world who attend ‘Greater Works’ every year to pursue whatever they set themselves to do or achieve.
Vibrant Praise and Worship sessions, inspiring song ministrations and elegant performances by the Dramatic Arts Ministry of the church during the Conference provide a wonderful atmosphere for experiencing the presence and power of God.
You are warmly welcome to Greater Works 2012 for a time of transformation, renewal and empowerment unto greater works to the glory of God.
PROFILE OF CONFERENCE SPEAKERS:
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). He has a dynamic gifting to combine his calling as a Pastor and teacher, with the roles of mentor, businessman and spiritual father.
During more than 30 years in the ministry, Pastor Matthew has given countless people the spiritual and practical foundation on which to successfully build their lives by challenging them to succeed and not to wallow in mediocrity. His mandate is to teach people the undiluted word of God and even more importantly the application of the word to their daily walk.
He is a man of in-depth-knowledge, passion and is vision-oriented. The Liberation of the black race from abject poverty, under - development and mediocrity to excellence and good leadership qualities have been his hallmark
His Winning Ways programme is aired daily on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and also viewed on television by a large audience in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network.
He is married to Pastor Yemisi Ashimolowo and they are blessed with two sons; Tobi and Tomi.
Pastor Matthew has been a regular speaker at conferences of the International Central Gospel Church hosted by Pastor Mensa Otabil.
Bishop Tudor Bismark
Bishop Tudor Bismark is a dynamic, influential and outstanding personality with an apostolic mantle that has greatly impacted the business world, academia and the church. He and his wife, Chichi, founded Jabula - New Life Ministries International in 1989, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
His teachings are changing the way that ministry is being done in the 21st Century, and his wisdom concerning global trends is transforming the minds and hearts of countless pastors and leaders around the world.
Bishop Bismark serves as an apostolic overseer to over 900 churches in 12 African nations, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South America, the West Indies, and the United States. In addition to providing full-time financial support to hundreds of pastors and churches, the ministry is responsible for the operation of an extensive Medical Assistance Program, orphanages, and other humanitarian outreaches in Southern Africa.
Since 2005, Bishop Tudor Bismark has been a regular speaker at Greater Works Conferences hosted by Dr. Mensa Otabil.
BISHOP MIKE OKWONKWO
Bishop Mike Okonkwo was born in Enugu in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He was ordained into the ministry in 1971. He was released as an Evangelist on the 20th of June 1976 and was instrumental in establishing most branches of the Church in Lagos.
The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM was founded on the 4th of January, 1981.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo is a holder of the ordination certificate and the certificate of fellowship of World Ministry Fellowship Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. He is also a holder of ordination certificate from the National Christian Fellowship Conference, (NCFC) USA, the Church of God Mission International Nigeria, United Christian Church & Ministerial Association, USA.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo is also a holder of Meritorious Achievement Award from the International Affairs Leadership Parliament, by the Golden State University, University of Honolulu, Ephraim Moore University, International Theological Seminary, Spiritual Life Ministries, all in USA and the Trinity College of Ministerial Arts in Nigeria.
He was consecrated the Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) on the 7th of May 1988.
He is the current Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as an executive member of the National Ministers Conference (NMC) which organises conferences for ministers around the country. He also the Founder of The Mike Okonkwo Foundation, an NGO setup to minister to the needs of the less privileged.
He is a preacher and a teacher in great demand around the world for Seminars, Conferences, Crusades, Conventions and ministers training. He is the Chief Host of the popular Television and Radio network in Nigeria, Power in the Word.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo is a man of integrity and emphasizes integrity in the Word of God. This has endeared him to many ministries who look up to him for Apostolic Covering.
He has authored several books in English, out of which, two have been translated into French. He is a widely travelled man, who has gone far and wide for the spread of the gospel.
He believes in rural evangelism and encourages smaller churches located in the less privileged communities, financially and materially. He also believes and encourages special talents in individuals who are specially gifted in ministering to the orphan and the disabled; hence he has been a strong support to different ministries to the handicapped, motherless babies home and orphanages. This has earned him several awards.
He is married to Dr. Peace Okonkwo, the Minister in Charge of the Headquarters Church of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) and they are blessed with a daughter.
PROFILE: DR. OTABIL
Dr. Mensa Otabil is a respected Christian statesman: a well-tested pastor, an educator, an entrepreneur, and a motivational speaker. He founded International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and oversees the multi-faceted network of ministries of the International Central Gospel Church worldwide, with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
He also serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Temple, an assembly of the International Central Gospel Church, with a congregation in the tens of thousands. His over-riding passion is to see the timeless principles of the Bible made applicable to the renewal and transformation of Africa. His messages speak to the pertinent concerns of a continent and people seeking solutions to their perplexing challenges.
Dr. Otabil is the Chancellor at Ghana’s premier private university – Central University College. He also serves on several Boards and Trusts of organizations.
He is committed to human uplifting and presents the inspirational radio and television broadcast – The Living Word.
He has authored numerous books and he is highly sought-after speaker at major conferences and mega churches around the continents of the world.
He and his wife Joy reside in Ghana’s capital city of Accra with their four children – Sompa, Nhyira, Yoofi Abotare and Baaba Aseda.