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AATI and KNUST Partner to Train Pastors in Food and Agriculture

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The Archbishop Addae Theological Institute (AATI) has teamed up with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to offer a course on food and agriculture for trainee pastors as part of their intensive pastoring program. The pastors will receive training in honey making, snail farming, mushroom farming, and fish farming.

The AATI believes that providing alternative employment opportunities for pastors is necessary in today’s job market. During the graduation, ordination, and elevation service of the AATI held at the campus of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) in Kumasi, the Principal of AATI, Archbishop Dr. Samuel Richard Addae, made this announcement.

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72 pastors were ordained during the event, including eight reverends who were elevated to very reverends. The event was held in partnership with the International Council of Churches and Ministers of Great Britain (ICCMGB) and was themed “The Great Commission (Mathew 28:19)”.

Archbishop Addae emphasized that acquiring some form of training skills attached to the ministry work will add value to the pastor’s calling. “Money has become a pivotal wheel in the propagation of the Gospel,” he added, stating that financial instability often impedes pastors from actively reaching out to those who have not received God as their personal Saviour.

District Chief Executive of Sekyere East, Osei Adiyiah, Archbishop Dr. Divine Agyemang Badu, the Presiding Archbishop of the Shiloh United Church, West Africa, bishops, and family and friends of the ordained pastors were present at the event.

The partnership between AATI and KNUST is a positive step towards equipping pastors with skills that go beyond their calling as men and women of God. With the country’s focus on agriculture, this training will enable the pastors to contribute to the development of their communities while also supplementing their income.

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