Who we are
RELITE Africa Ministry is a non-denominational / interdenominational non-profit making organisation that trains committed and teachable lay preachers and Bible study leaders.
These trained people in turn help their church members (through small group discussions) to observe what the Bible is saying, understand what it means and help them discover how they can apply the truths learnt to their lives.
We endeavour not to just impart information but also to help these lay preachers expound the word of God with accuracy, confidence and passion while applying it practically to our African context.
Towards this end, we aim to encourage a three-fold attitude towards the Bible;
Reading and studying it responsibly
Living it practically
Teaching it faithfully as God’s Word in our own words to our world.
Hence the acronym ‘RELITE’.
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the laws of the Lord and to do it and teach his statutes and rules in Israel”
The course Director is Rev Yaw Boamah (top left), who is also Pastor of LIC.
Mr Julius Coomson (top right) is a regular lecturer and alumni coordinator.
Mr Nelson Zotoo (above) is RELITE’s administrator.
What we do
RELITE offers a number of training opportunities to its students as well as the entire University of Ghana community. These training packages include the following:
Every Saturday, during the semester, between the hours of 4.30pm and 8pm, RELITE students drawn from the University of Ghana campus who are part of the course are hosted on the premises of the Legon Interdenominational Church for Discipleship and Bible Exposition.
The first hour is used for small group Bible studies where regular RELITE students take disciples through a thematic Bible study on the glory of God through Genesis to Revelation. During the next half hour when we all come together and our staff take questions and give explanations.
Afterwards, the disciples leave and the students are taken through how to preach the various Biblical genres.
The ministry also runs discipleship training in small groups on weekdays which is open to the entire University community. Here, young Christians (beginners) are taken through fifteen lessons on the basics of the Christian faith. Maturing Christians are taken through lessons such as becoming like Jesus, Godliness etc. The aim of these studies is to impart Christ–likeness to the participants and then encourage them to pass this on to others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Residential Inter-Semester Training
Every year, in the month of January, RELITE hosts its students on the University of Ghana campus after the Christmas and New Year festivities for a two-week residential training. During this time, visiting lecturers from the UK and other countries take the students through various Biblical themes aimed at making them more effective at handling the various genres of the Bible
Why we do it
For years Christianity has had a large following in Ghana, especially in the more developed south. In the 2010 census 70% of Ghanaians indicated that they were Christians. Of these only about 40% had any links with churches. However, only about 12% of those with church links attended them on a regular basis.
In addition to this problem is the increasing level of unsound biblical messages that are being aired daily on our radio stations.
Thus the greatest threat to Christianity in Ghana is not atheism or liberalism but rather nominal-ism and unsound biblical teaching.
Thankfully there are many gifted, capable and available potential lay-leaders who can be thoroughly equipped to ‘’to rightly handle the word of truth’’ (2 Timothy 2:15).
Although nationally there are more than 30 denominational and inter-denominational Bible colleges together with a range of TEE (distance Education) programmes run by different denominations the need is still great. We have positioned ourselves to complement these existing efforts aimed at equipping additional gifted leaders to ‘rightly handle the word of truth’.