New chairman for Jamaica Pentecostal Union (Apostolic)
THE 23rd annual general meeting of the Jamaica Pentecostal Union (Apostolic) (JPU(A)) was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on February 23.
The JPU(A) was established in 1979 to foster a closer relationship among Pentecostal (Apostolic) Churches in Jamaica, and to provide opportunity for discussion, consultation and sharing of information.
The Union promotes spiritual and social development of the Pentecostal community in general, while stimulating co-operative action among its churches. Through the Union, National and International representation is provided for Pentecostal Apostolics in the Nation.
At the recent annual general meeting, Bishop Everton Thomas of the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Portmore, was elected to serve as Chairman of the Union over the next two years.
In his acceptance speech, Bishop Thomas promised to provide exemplary leadership, and through the membership of the Union and address many of the ills that beset the nation.
Some of the highlights of Bishop Everton Thomas' acceptance speech included:
A pledge of an intensive training programme to reduce the leadership deficit in many of the churches
A call for the church to be more proactive in matters of social reformation, educational reconstruction, economic empowerment, community development, political enfranchisement, commercial revitalisation, and spiritual renewal.
He said that while he was aware of the enormity of the challenge, the complexity of the issues, and the diversity of opinions, he was equally cognisant of the enabling grace and the empowering spirit of a magnanimous God who inaugurated the church. He called for the support of all those who share the vision of progress.