In her role as Associate Pastor at Wesley Cathedral in Ghana, Clara Danquah organizes programs for the church’s regular services and serves as a pre-marriage counselor. Clara delights in helping people see that God’s salvation isn’t just for eternity; it’s for the here and now.
“I feel the most satisfied in my role as a pastor when I help people gain satisfaction, receive an answer, or gain a new understanding in their faith,” Clara said. “When you receive that response to your ministry, it gives you a satisfaction to know that the service you’ve rendered is being received.”
Wesley Cathedral averages 1500 attendees per week with two services. Clara and her church seek to provide individuals with a permanent solution to their problems through Jesus Christ. For example, if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, Clara believes they are seeking and receiving a non-permanent solution.
“It’s only when you drink or take the drugs that the satisfaction comes,” Clara said. “There can be a way out besides the drugs. If the church doesn’t give spiritual realities to them, they will find harmful alternatives.”
Clara also works with engaged couples to prepare them for their lifelong commitment to each other. In Ghana, church marriages have a 25-30 percent divorce rate. Clara helps couples work through the big issues of communication, finances and sex prior to saying “I do.”
“I try to help them know themselves and to give them a biblical understanding of what marriage is and the biblical values of marriage,” Clara said. “Sometimes a couple may have a wild imagination of marriage and think that marriage may be only like friendship, but it’s the commitment aspect that you engage in. It’s binding.”