In 2006 and 2009 a few Ghanaians attended at Abuja (Nigeria) and Limuru (Kenya) a forum dubbed African Forum on Religion and Government (AFREG). The purpose of AFREG I & II includeequipping leaders for effective management of African countries, equipping and encouraging Christians called into politics to accept that as a Christian ministry and to foster better Church-state partnership for development.
At AFREG II the Ghanaian participants agreed that on return to Ghana they should approach our leaders, both spiritual and temporal (Church Leaders and Government) to share our burden for improved Church–state relationship and to catalyze a national platform for a sustainable engagement for the good of the country.
For example, on the part of the church we see a need to put in place strategies that will ensure that the creed and practice of Christians are in sync with the market place of business, commerce, public service, government etc. It is the duty of the Church to insist that its members live ethical and moral lives from Monday till the next Sunday.
It is our belief that the Church and the state, especially the Presidency today share a common desire to fight corruption, promote good work ethic, discourage excessive conviviality and promote a paradigm shift in attitudes to that which promotes accelerated development of Ghana.
Thus we the participants of AFREG see the need to facilitate better and constructive Church state relationship. To that end we propose a conference on Church-state relationship during which experts, Church leaders and leading Politicians would be invited to speak on various aspects of how to achieve better Church state relations.
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