New bishop bring­ing a spirit of change

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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

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