The Chaplaincy and Life Values Promotion Centre (CLVPC) of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) was established out of the concepts and vision that founded the University by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG).
Since 1843 when her first indigenous primary school was opened, the Basel Mission (now PCG) has withheld the concept of evangelism and Christian-character development through formal education. By 2003 the Church had established and managed, in partnership with the Government of Ghana, 1,300 basic schools, and 27 Senior High Schools, 5 Teacher Training Colleges and 5 Vocational Schools where basic Christian principles find place in the scholarship formation. Until recently, Presbyterian schools and their products were known for their high moral and educational standards which resulted in the proverbial Presbyterian disciplined scholars.
Due to several factors, the Church’s intention to extend this concept of education-based evangelism and Christian character formation at tertiary level by establishing a university soon after 1848 failed to materialize until November 2003 when the first campus of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) at Okwahu, Abetifi, was opened.
At the time it was observed that a match for the proverbial Presbyterian disciplined scholars of yester-years has been lacking in present day Ghana. Therefore, PUCG was established as a Christian Institution with the concept of responding to, among others, the challenges posed not only by just the high demand for university education in Ghana and the perceived lowering of academic standards but more-so the erosion of genuine godliness, moral and ethical values in the Ghanaian Society.
As such, PUCG was envisaged as an institution that blends academic and professional excellence with an appreciation of cultural, technological, environmental and globalization trends in the men and women who pass through it and whose lives reflect Christian principles and values. In effect the PUC aims at re-producing the proverbial Presbyterian disciplined scholars of yester-years whose match is lacking in present day Ghana.
Thus, the University’s mission, derived from the vision, includes the design and implementation of academic and professional programs of teaching, basic and applied research and outreach that will, inter alia:
- Prepare men and women who will apply their advanced learning skills in the service of the church, country and humanity.
- Produce individuals who remain self-motivated in realization of their responsibility to God, their fellow citizens and to state.
- Inculcate ethical and intellectual values that manifest in courage, discipline, fair play, and respect for the dignity of an honest life and hard labor.
Based on this background, whereas PUCG pursues its vision and mission primarily through formal academic programmes, it was deemed equally important to establish a Chaplaincy Centre to be responsible for the spiritual and temporal well-being of the university family, with emphasis on pastoral care and behavioural attention. This is to provide the informal but necessary inputs that promote disciplined lives and, hence, a necessary conducive Christian atmosphere to support and enhance the formal programmes (academic, research) and administrative efforts. Thus, barely a year after commencing academic programmes at the Okwahu campus a University Chaplain was assigned to initiate action on organization of the Chaplaincy Centre, and defining its place properly in the strategic structural and functional development of the general University System.
The Chaplaincy and Life Values Promotion Centre (CLVPC) or Chaplaincy Centre (for short) is headed by the University Chaplain, with the General Chaplaincy Office currently located at the Okwahu campus Abetifi – the head seat of the Presbyterian University Administration.
Structurally, the Chaplaincy Centre functions as an equivalent of academic Department under the Registry, but closely collaborates with the Office of the Dean of Students’ Affairs. On the ground, the Centre operates through Campus Chaplaincy Committees (CCCs), which are chaired by Assistant Chaplains of the University Chaplain. The membership, tenure of office and duties of the CCCs are described in constitutions drawn by each campus based on University Chaplaincy Manual.
The work of the CLVPC is supervised by a University Chaplaincy Board whose membership, functions and tenure of office are contained in the University Chaplaincy Manual.
The vision of the University Chaplaincy Centre, is that the motto of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana “DISCIPLINE IN LEADERSHIP” is not only internalized at all the campuses, but also observable as an explicit hallmark of the University. In short, the vision of the Presbyterian University College to reproduce the proverbial ‘Presbyterian-disciplined’ scholars of yester-years whose match are lacking in present day Ghana must be a living experience for all PUCG students and staffs.
What we seek to do broadly (Mission)
The CLVPC commits itself to the mission of being the frontline unit that initiates, supervises and coordinates campus christian and socio-cultural programmes to be biblically true, theologically sound, and contextually relevant in facilitating christian character formation and appreciation. In other words, we endeavour to promote Christian personality development through:
To this end the CLVPC undertakes activities in the areas of:
(A) Administration Support Services
The Unit contributes to the smooth administration of the University by:
Implementing policies of the University Chaplaincy Board.
(B) Christian Personality Development Services
The Centre promotes Christian personality development amongst both students and staffs of the University through:
- Evangelism and Worship
- Pastoral care and Counselling and
- Career guidance services.
The evangelism and worship programmes aim at promoting Christian faith and values, godly aspirations, fellowshipping, sharing and spiritual development given through organization and/or supervision of:
(1) Divine and sacramental worship Services – denominational (regularly) and interdenominational (as scheduled)
(2) Morning devotional services for students (daily) and staff (Mondays and Thursdays).
(3) Students hostel prayer meetings and pastoral visitations (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays)
(4) Mid-week student church-group meetings for prayer, bible study, inspirational and educative talks etc.
(5) Christian Education seminars, and workshops for leadership training, health care, and motivational talks for purposeful personal development (as and when scheduled).
(6) Annual Chaplaincy week celebration and Staff Retreats.
(7) Foundation life values classes
Both students and staffs are encouraged to participate in these evangelism and worship programmes of the Centre so that the results will be experiential across the entire University family as expected.
The Centre provides pastoral attention and counselling on areas of:
Personal/social concerns for preventive and interventional purposes. These include:
a. Inability to cope with demands of and the general intolerable stress at the University
b. Phobia or fear of all kinds of situations e.g. examination, social interaction etc
c. Depression and self condemnation
d. Sexual insecurity and harassment
e. Religious and spiritual worries
f. Bereavements and other crises
g. Social and inter-personal conflict management
Marriage and Family Concerns
Life Planning Skills
- Determining the purpose of God for and christian management of life
- Recognizing the role of Godliness and morality in attaining fullness of life
- Appreciating honesty, self-discipline and hard work in success of life
Academic and Career Guidance the Unit/Centre provides services in the areas of:
a. Information relevant to and supportive of academic and career opportunities; religious and personal development principles, etc
b. General orientation for fresh students
Quality guidance for human resource formation