Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG)
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) is the oldest Christian church in Ghana. It was founded in 1828 through the efforts of the Basel Mission. As a result of World War I the Church of Scotland took over administrative control. In 1926, it became an autonomous church and adopted its present name. Today, the church has about 770,000 members.
The PCG commits itself to educational and health care work, maintaining educational institutions which range from kindergartens and primary schools through to grammar and vocational schools. In the tertiary sector of education it runs several teacher training colleges and since the end of 2003, it has been supporting its own University with its seat in Abetifi. Pastoral education takes place in Trinity College in Legon, a seminar under ecumenical sponsorship.
The church sponsors four hospitals, several regional clinics and mobile basic health services which work closely together with state health services. In addition, it maintains a number of agricultural projects, especially in the North of the country.
The PCG understands charitable welfare and social organisation as spreading the word of the Gospel in a holistic way. In the main, the church sees its existence as missionary. The strongly charismatic "Bible Study and Prayer Groups" exert a growing influence on the whole church and together with its evangelisation belong to the dynamic part of the church. Due to their work, the number of parishes is rising. The centre of church life is the Sunday worship service. Then the associations for children and young people, men and women, music and choir groups all play a prominent role.