PreambleA BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TEMA JOINT CHURCH (TJC)
In August, 1992, God in His own wisdom and working through the Tema Industrial Chaplaincy and a determined group of Christians, planted the seed for the Joint Church Congregation. The motivating factor was the desire for an ecumenical English-speaking and shorter services.
The first service was held on Sunday, 2nd August, 1992, (21 years ago) at the Tema Joint Church Centre. Since then, the Congregation has increased steadily. The Church expresses its faith through Sunday Bible Studies and Worship, Wednesday Teaching Service, Friday Morning Devotion, Saturday prayer meetings and the work of the various groups, namely, the Men’s Fraternity, the Ladies Fellowship, the Young Adults Fraternity, the Youth Fellowship, the Junior Youth and Children’s Service, the Church Choir, the Youth Band, the Social Action Committee, the Welfare Committee, the Worship Committee, the Evangelism and Lay Training Committee, the Welfare Committee, and Community Cell Groups that meet one day of the week in various homes and the Family life Counselling Team (under re-organisation).
The Church Council is the Executive Body of the Church and the officers of the Council are the Chairman, the Vice Chairman (Resident Minister), the Administrative Secretary and the Treasurer. The following Committees, in addition to the groups mentioned above, assist Council to run the affairs of the Church: the Finance, the Building, the ICT, and theProperty/Transport Committees. There is also the Joint News Editorial Board which publishes biannually the Joint News that seeks to inform and educate members of the Congregation and others. From a humble beginning in 1992, with a membership of 27, including children, the Joint Church has currently over 1100 members including children. Most of the worshippers are workers, professsional women and men, and students.
Working with the Resident Minister, Rev. Yaw Danso, who at present comes from the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, are Ministers from the Methodist Church Ghana, Very Rev. Prof. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu and the Anglican Church, Rev. Canon Stephen Adjei.
The TJC is affiliated to the Christian Council of Ghana and it is in charge of the Tema Industrial Missionary programme as well as the Vocational Training Institute.
The Tema Joint Church is thankful to God that He has blessed the Tema Community with an ecumenical Church that is worshipping Him and rendering selfless service to the Community.
The Vision of TJCThe vision of the TJC summarized as follows states a clear challenging picture of the future, Bring men and women into true fellowship with God so that they can live life at its fullest in Christ. (I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full John 10:10).
The MissionHow do we realize the vision? The mission adopted by the TJC is to create a dynamic redemptive centre where everyone know and share God’s love through the following actions:
- Foster, nourish and sustain authentic, living relationships with god in Christ
- Build caring community
- Promote personal growth both spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally to enable members realize their God – given potential.