New bishop bringing a spirit of change
Newly ordained administrative bishop Dr Kenroy Burke outlined his vision for the growth of the New Testament Church of God last Sunday during his commissioning service at the Abundant Life Assembly.
He said that while the message must not change, they needed to make some serious changes.
With his wife Natalie standing at his side, Burke declared: “This evening I am proud to be a part of the legacy and heritage of this great church. But I draw the line and declare on this occasion [that] we cannot do church the same way we have always done it and expect that we can reach this changing society.”
He agreed with the church’s general overseer Dr Tim Hill they were “at the crossroads” and could not continue the ministry as it was done 100 years before.
Burke said he envisioned a church with a realigned system, restored status, relevant and remodelled structures, revitalised at the ministerial and local church levels, on fire for God and “ready to finish the Great Commission in the spirit and power of Pentecost”.
Caribbean field director Bishop Dr Ishmael Charles said Burke’s election meant the “Caribbean was moving to a brand new level for the glory of God”.
He charged the 40-year-old not to be like other religious leaders who had charisma but no character.
“Guard yourself from sexual perversion, from money and from pride. Guard yourself; you are a young man,” he advised.
Charles told Natalie: “Watch for your husband like a leech” – to loud agreement from the congregation as she nodded.
“Don’t back away, because if he falls, the whole family is destroyed.”
Children Zachary and Zoe stood with their parents during the introduction.
Charles prayed for Burke and washed and anointed his feet during the ceremony.
The ordination took place before a packed congregation, which included overseas members who had flown in.
Ishmael also announced the three Caribbean superintendents for the northern, central and