For a while now, pastors and churches in Ghana have been receiving heavy criticism from Ghanaians for “using” clever ways to extort money from their congregation.
International Central Gospel Church, the church which was criticised for introducing special offering at one of their conferences last year has introduced a new method of paying offering which has got social media talking again.
The new method introduced by the church was advertised on the official twitter handle of the media giant, Joy News on Sunday, July 29 2018.
According to the ad post by Joy News, members of ICGC who could not make it to church on Sundays could still pay their offering and tithes through an online bill payment platform, ExpressPay app to the church’s bank account.
ICGC goes digital, asks members who couldn’t attend Sunday service to pay offertory via mobile money and this kind of payment popped up about a year ago.
The post which has gone viral has received criticism from social media users stating that the leadership of the church, headed by Pastor Mensa Otabil is running the church like a business organisation with the motive of making more money rather than win souls for Jesus Christ.
Some were also of the view that there is nothing wrong with the new payment method introduced by ICGC as we live in a digital age and such practices are bound to become the norm sooner or later.
The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) was founded by Ghanaian theologian, Pastor Dr Mensa Otabil.
The church was officially inaugurated on 26 February 1984, in Accra, Ghana. It was the second Charismatic church in Ghana after the Action Chapel International founded in 1979. The church has its headquarters in Accra.
Over the years, ICGC is regarded as one of the most literate churches in Ghana and has been able to live without reproach due to the excellent leadership of her leader, Pastor Mensah Otabil.