History And Development Of Concern Laymen Movement In The Mid-West Ghana Conference

 

A concern laymen Movement in Mid-West Ghana Conference erupted as a result of the following:  At that time, there existed in the Central Ghana Conference a Lay Advisory Council that was muted out through the influence of Lindsay Thomas in 1982 during the send-off ceremony for Pastor M.A. Bediako as the then Ghana Union President held at Prempeh College, Kumasi.

The executive members of the Advisory Council was chosen from the Lay Activities leaders of the then districts, prominent among them were Paul Nsiah Jnr., as the chairman, Pastor Denteh, Amoakohene, Osei Afriyie from Ashanti,  E.O.G. Nsowaa and Alfred Owusu Ansah from Brong Ahafo Region.

In Brong Ahafo, the following were chosen as the Lay Advisory Council: E.O.G. Nsowaah (Techiman), E.Y. Frempah (Nkoranza), Alfred Owusu Ansah (Sunyani), P.B. Arthur (Goaso), Adomako Kyeretwie (Berekum), Ohene Tetteh (Kintampo).  This Board was criticized as having tribal undertone.

This was turned down with the need for widespread of the gospel to all un-entered areas of the Brong Ahafo Region.  The Board was dissolved in order to undo the unnecessary criticisms by the laymen.

The Mid-West Administration were urged to give in for the establishment of this Council but it was suggested to reorganize its structure where the President would serve as the Chairperson with the Lay Activity Director as the Secretary.

This new arrangement did not go down well with the lay representatives on the Executive Committee who felt that the powers of the laity were curtailed.

Therefore the laymen representatives on the Executive Committee withdrew their allegiance to the Administration and rallied behind Paul Osei Agyemang and Owusu Acheaw who had taken positive steps to lash at the ministers. Together, they launched a serious campaign to stop the re-election of the Mission Officers.

Others considered the movement wrong and contrary to the practices of the church so worked to counteract the dissident group activities.  This led to the birth of the Concern Movement an opposing group in Mid-West field.

For this, ten (10) churches in Berekum and Techiman Districts who held their allegiance to Paul Osei Agyeman and Owusu Acheaw (Yesu ye fine) were disbanded for a period of about six years because their actions, practices and some teachings were contradictory to the Seventh-day Adventist Church beliefs and doctrines.

Having discovered their mistakes they were accepted back since they realized Osei Agyeman was using them to form the nucleus of his Remnant Church.