12-17-2022 Building Today’s Church
What are the Five Fold-Ministries
Edward Irving (1792 –
1834) was a Scottish clergyman, generally regarded as the main figure behind
the foundation of the Catholic Apostolic Church.
In 1832 he ordained 12 apostles and defined the understandings we
have for roles for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Doctrines included manifestation of the Holy
Ghost, ministries needed to carry out Christ’s work in the world in perfecting
the saints, apostles sent by Christ in a bond of unity having His authority;
prophets speaking by the HG were a light to the apostles, evangelists were to
bring people to repentance and baptism then turn them over to the pastor. (note teacher is not mentioned but bishops,
priests and deacons are mentioned as being part of the pastorate and how can a
pastor preach to people without teaching them something?)
Charles Peter Wagner (1930 – 2016)
was an American missionary,
writer, teacher and founder of several Christian organizations. In his earlier years, Wagner was known as a
key leader of the Church Growth Movement and
later for his writings on spiritual warfare. Wagner founded the New Apostolic Reformation
movement In 1948 and he emphasized the
specific need for the apostolic ministry including what is now considered the
five fold ministry.
“Five-fold Ministry are the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor
& teacher (Eph. 4:11), functioning in today’s church.
need for these ministries is for perfecting saints for the work of ministry and
edification of the body (Eph. 4:12).
This is needed until the body becomes fully developed and mature in
Christ Jesus (Eph. 4:13-15).
declares to the Corinthians (and us) that the Spirit gives us varying gifts to
edify the body through different means.
None of us do the same things in the same way so that together, we can
function in harmony and the body of Christ can grow. No gift should be considered greater than any
other. We all need each other (1
Corinth. 12:1-31). Paul tells the Romans
that our gifts vary according to the grace God has given each one of us (Romans
12:5-10). The ability to perform in the
gift given to us does not require salvation in order to function. How many non-Christians have awesome
talents? However, salvation does impact
its effectiveness. It is a gift God has
given us – period. Understand, that
there are gifts beyond the five-fold which include ‘talents’, that is like
singing, writing, having a desire for the arts or even science, (Rom. 11:29),
or other means of expression. But the
five-fold gifts are designed to help the church.
gifts also include the ‘fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. These are qualities of the heart (character)
(Gal. 5:22-23). And take heart, that
even though man can pass laws against our actions, no law can be passed against
the operation of our heart (these gifts). Look back at Corinthians twelve and whatever
gift(s) God has given us encourages us towards teamwork and consideration that
we are indeed all equal. Of course we
can grow in our gift and we may experience more than one gift in our life (2
Tim. 1:11). We can also be assured that
any apostle, evangelist, pastor, teacher or prophet has a responsibility to us
which is to grow us while keeping our best interests at heart.
Saul prophesied with the prophets. That
is, when he walked with the prophets of his time, he prophesied as the prophets
did (1 Sam. 10-9-13). God can
speak through anyone. He even spoke
through a donkey (Num. 22:23-33)!
up, I heard that many gifts were no longer for today. Why did we say the gifts existed? For the perfecting of the saints so that we
could mature in Christ Jesus. Matter of
fact, when we are with Jesus (our high Priest), which of these gifts will still
be needed to help us navigate life in this world (1 Corinth. 13:8-10,
Heb. 5:1-9). Think about it.
down to the Five-fold Ministry, anyone can operate in any one of these
gifts. But just because one can teach or
counsel, share Jesus or encourage others doesn’t mean that person sits in the
‘office’ of that gift. Being able to use
the gift on occasion doesn’t mean we sit in the office of apostle, prophet,
pastor, etc. The office carries responsibility
and is God-given.
already seen that gifts are given without repentance (Rom. 11:29). Jesus “called (Matt. 4:18-20) Peter,
John Andrew and the other disciples whom He called, He named the twelve apostles
(Luke 6:13-16). Even Paul was called
by Jesus as he went on the road to Damascus (Acts 91-18).
sit in the office, one needs to have a passion for the ministry and meet
certain qualities and responsibilities (Rom. 12:6-20). To name a few: directing (Acts 6:1-4),
teaching (1 Tim. 2:7), encouraging (Col. 1:1-11), admonishing (Gal. 1:1-9) and
mentoring, we are all the children of God (Prov. 22:6). Though we may not sit in the ‘office’, we all
have access to these gifts, to some degree.
we minister in God’s work, we need to keep in mind that not all who claim to do
God’s work, do God’s work (Rev. 2:1-2, John 4:1). Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Look at the fruit in their lives (Matt.
7:15-20). A quick check is that we know
that no one can profess Jesus is come in the flesh unless
the Spirit of our Lord is in him (1 John 4:2-3).
5 Fold Hierarchy
sequence of discovery
shall call upon the name of he Lord shall be saved.
How can they
call on Him if they haven’t believed?
How can they
believe if they haven’t heard?
How can they
hear without a preacher?
How can they
preach unless they are sent?
the feet of those who preach the gospel
of peace and bring glad tidings of good things (Rom. 10:13-17
by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! (Romans 14:13-17)
concept of the five-fold ministry
Evangelist Brings the gospel (Good
News) to people encouraging them to receive
salvation. He turns over them to the
Apostle Builds foundation for
Christian living in Christ Jesus, a house is built
upon the “Rock” and not sand. He turns them over to the Pastor.
(feeds/waters) the flock by encouraging praise and worship giving God His due
glory and honor AND continuing to build upon Apostle’s base by helping flock to
“apply” Word of God” into their own lives.
Prophet Brings a specific Word of
God to encourage saints to persevere or
“continue on”. He may
bring words of admonition to “get back on track”.
Teacher Teaches the Word of God to increase knowledge/wisdom and
understanding as he continues building upon Apostle’s foundation.
let’s take a closer look in a little more detail:
dictionary defines a teacher, in part, as to cause to know, guide in studies,
impart knowledge, to instruct by precept, example and experience.
Hebrew words used for ‘teach’ while three are generally used for teacher: biyn
(H995) be cunning, think, understand, instruct, inform; yarah
(H3384) point, direct, instruct, inform, show; lamad (H3925) to prod or be skillful in instructing.
Didasko (G1321) is the Greek word most used
for ‘teach’, or help learn and is the base word for teach or teacher. Other Greek words for teacher are: didaskalos
(G1320) to be a doctor or master; kalodidaskalos
(G2567) of right or good things; nomodidaskalos (G3547) rabbi, teacher of the
law; and pseudodidaskalos (G5572) of
the eunuch was reading from the book of Isaiah, Philip asked him if he knew
what he was reading and the eunuch responded “How can I unless somebody guides
me?” Philip began teaching the eunuch who
was then baptized (Acts 9:27-35, foc. v31).
But, of course, Jesus is our ultimate teacher (Matt. 13:53-54).
are some of the qualities a teacher needs?
fruit of the Spirit should be evident in his life (Gal. 5:22-23). If one cannot be tolerant towards other
people, how can he teach them? They
would not be likely to listen to what he says.
A teacher must be led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:13-16, 18). If the Holy Ghost isn’t leading us, how do we
know we are teaching ‘right things’? Therefore
the Holy Ghost must be operating in us and through us and we must be of good
report with those around us so others would trust us (Acts 6:3). As a teacher of the Word of God, we have to know the scripture (Acts
18:25-26). We may not know the bible
from cover to cover, but we must know what we are talking about when we
teach. As a teacher, we (ourselves)
should be continually growing by renewing our minds (Rom. 12:1-2). We don’t want to be accused of being a
hypocrite so we must live what we teach (John 13:13-15, Matt. 5:19). We have to abide in the reality that the Holy
Ghost will give us wisdom when we speak (1 Corinth. 2:13). We must believe what we teach knowing that
which is true (1 Tim. 2:7). God does not
respect a person’s position in life yet we should treat all respectfully (Rom.
2:111 Tim. 6:1-2).
teachers, we need to have a passion for helping others to learn. Anybody can teach words from a book, but a
teacher has an inborn desire to help others learn.
teachers, our duty is to edify, especially those of the body of Christ (Eph.
4:12). We need to assure that others
understand what we are saying (1 Corinth. 1:19). Not only as with Philip with the eunuch, but
as Paul with the Athenians (Acts 17:22-33).
But, perhaps, most importantly, the Bereans received what Paul said,
then researched for themselves. We need
to help others to learn how to learn for themselves (Acts 17:10-12)
we mentioned, Jesus is our prime example of a teacher, teaching all who are
eager (Mark 10:1). Paul and Barnabas
taught the people in Antioch for a year (Acts 11:25-26), so teaching is not
necessarily done in one or two classes.
Or even as Apollos, who was instructed in the ways of the Lord, shared
what he knew when he came to Ephesus.
Proving himself still teachable, as he encountered Aquila and
a teacher is not just standing before people speaking words one has learned
but, having a passion so others may understand the truth of what he knows.
dictionary defines pastor as a spiritual overseer or a church clergyman
Raah (H7462) is the Hebrew word used as
pastor and is the root word ‘to tend a flock’, associate with, keep company,
feed but also expresses an an evil opposite, to evilly entreat, break, wander.
Greek word is poimen (G4166) is also a
is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15). He
protects his sheep (us) and watches over us, knows us by name and even has
given His life for us (the cross) (John 10:11-15).
are some of the qualities of a pastor (good shepherd)? He is filled with the fruit of the Spirit
(Gal. 5:22-23), he is led by the same Spirit (Gal. 5:13-16, 18), is filled with
the Holy Ghost and is of honest report (good reputation). He knows the scripture (Acts 18:25-26) and
continually renews his mind (Rom. 12:1-2).
As with the teacher, he leads by his example (Foot wash-John
13:13-15). He knows and lives by the
commandments (Matt. 5:19). He’s not a
novice (a new Christian) (1 Corinth. 3:1-4), he abstains from the works of the
flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) and he keeps his own house in order (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Matt.
needs to have a desire to nurture people, guide and direct their pathways so they
can be the best they can be in their walk with the Lord.
should desire to feed those over whom he has charge (Isa. 40:11). He does not exercise ‘lordship’ over others
but rather serves them (Spiritual strength) (Luke 22:25-27, John 13:12-15). He feeds his ‘flock’ (the church) through
shepherding and teaching (Ezek. 34:22-23, John 21:15-17). He reassures the people’s safety (1 Sam.
17:36) as David protected his sheep.
This passage speaks about speaking in tongues (Corinth.), but shouldn’t
the pastor also edify, exhort and comfort his people (1 Corinth. 14:3). God forbid that anyone should stray from the
word, but when they do, shouldn’t the pastor exercise the right to chasten
(Heb. 12:6) to bring them back into alignment with the Word?
things a pastor might be responsible to do are act as a CEO of the fellowship (Acts
6:1-7). A pastor may have to delegate to
others in order to focus on most important issues. He is expected to keep order in the assembly
(1 Corinth. 14:33, Exod. 18:17-24). He
may have to act as counsellor (Gal. 6:1-2).
Whether he handles the church finances or not, he is responsible for
them (Matt. 25:14-29). And just as with
finances, the pastor may not actually do it himself, but he is also responsible
for activities, functions and ceremonial procedures.
course, Jesus is our prime example for a pastor (John 10:11-15, Psalm 23:1-6 -
dictionary defines an evangelist as one who preaches the “good news” or revives
a personal commitment to Christ. He can
minister to the lost and the church!
evangelist is unique to Christianity because he brings eternal life, the ‘good
news’ that through His sacrifice, Jesus has opened an eternal relationship, for
us, with the Father.
is no Hebrew word used for evangelist. So,
the Greek word is euaggellistes (G2099)
is a preacher of the gospel.
‘evangelist’ is not used in the Old Testament, Isaiah cites God as describing
one. “How beautiful on the mountains are
the feet of him who brings good tidings, publishes peace, good tidings of good
and publishes salvation …” (Isa. 52:5-7).
When coming into a new area, the apostles did the work of the evangelist
(preaching Jesus) and Philip was identified as an evangelist (Acts 21:8).
what are the qualities of an evangelist?
He must be filled with the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), be led by
the Spirit (Gal. 5:13-16,18), be full of grace and have a good reputation (Acts
6:3). Obviously, he, too, must know
scripture (Acts 18:25-26), continually renew (and refresh) his mind (Rom.
12:1-2) and walk the walk (John 13:13-15, Matt. 5:19).
can’t be shy in sharing the Word of God for he goes before people he has never
met. Stephen spoke (argued) Jesus before
the Jews (Acts 6:8 – 7:60). Of course, having
preached Jesus, Stephen was stoned at the end of his speech, becoming the first
martyr for Jesus. Also in Jerusalem,
Peter defended the actions of the disciples, who had just received the Holy
Ghost, the power of Jesus in us (Acts 2:1-57).
And Philip was not shy as he shared the gospel with the eunuch (Acts
8:27-38). Paul may have been humble, but
I don’t think he was afraid to share Jesus as with those at Antioch (Acts
the evangelist is truly to be effective, signs and wonder should follow. Jesus seemed amazed that there were those who
still weren’t sure after seeing the signs and wonders’ which He performed
(John14:9-14). Jesus even told the
apostles to do signs and wonders, as He sent them out, (Matt.10:5-8). He tells all of us that we can the works He
did and greater (John 14:12 because we have that power, in us, through the Holy
Ghost (Acts 1:8).
we can’t find apples in a peach orchard.
We have to know the people to whom we are sent. No, I don’t mean personally know each one of them,
but we have to know something about their culture and society so we can share
the gospel in terms that they understand, as Paul did before the Athenians on
Mars Hill (Acts 17:16-31).
evangelist should have a strong desire to share the knowledge of Jesus with
others and to help all to come into the Kingdom of God and live a life through
the evangelist brings “good news” (Isa. 52:7)!
In order to do so, he must know it (John 3:16)! That it brings salvation to all who believe, power
(Acts 1:8), and eternal life through the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ
(John 11:25)! He must protect the gospel, not only with his
speech, but with his actions as well (Titus 2:1-15) and as verse fifteen says
“speak, exhort and rebuke with all authority and (to put it bluntly) don’t let
others conclude that you are a whacko!
He must take the good news to the lost (obviously) but also to those who
have strayed from the church (Matt. 28:18-20). The words of the evangelist should also edify,
exhort and comfort those to whom he speaks (1 Corinth. 14:3) yet give direction
and admonish, as required (Heb. 12:6).
And the evangelist should organize evangelical activities inside the
church and out (1 Corinth. 14:33). [give
the pastor a break!]
says that He came to preach the gospel (Luke 4:17-19). We know that even angels
have been ‘guilty’ (lol) of evangelizing as Gabriel told Mary that she was to
be the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:19).
John the Baptist definitely brought the good news (and admonishment)
(Luke 3:16-18). Not to forget Philip
with the eunuch (Acts 8:35), Peter when he went to Cornelius (Acts 10:34-35)
and Paul in Antioch (Acts 13:1-5).
have some modern day evangelists worth mentioning. Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) a Methodist/Pentecostal
evangelist and faith healer, having his own healing, his wife’s and others
attributed to his ministry. Maria
Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924) Assemblies of God evangelist with attested miracles
attributed to her ministry. Kathryn
Khulman (1907-1976) evangelist and faith healer and Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)
Presbyterian evangelist who preached World-wide, to all walks of life and being
credited with bringing over 200 million souls to Jesus.
dictionary defines a prophet as one who utters divinely inspired revelations, is
gifted with spiritual or moral insight, foretells future events, is a leading
spokesperson for a cause or doctrine.
This seems a good point to mention that because God is not a respecter
of persons (Rom. 2:11-15), service for Jesus doesn’t know race, gender,
ethnicity or economic background. All
Father asks is genuine commitment from His servant (Matt. 22:37).
The Hebrew word Nebiy (H5029) is translated prophet. Nabiy
(H5030) and nataph (H5197) as an inspired man or to speak by inspiration. Naba
(H5012) is to speak or sing by inspiration, but I also carries the connotation
to make oneself a prophet.
The Greek word prophetes (G4396), along with prophet, is make
known beforehand, be inspired speaker, poet.
While pseudoprophetes (G5578) is
to pretend to foretell or be a false prophet.
touched Jeremiah’s mouth and said “Behold, I have put My words in your
mouth.” God was giving Jeremiah what he
needed to say to Israel. Jesus told His
disciples not to worry about what they were to say before men, for when he time
came, the Holy Ghost would give them what they needed to say (Luke 12:12).
we cite qualifications and qualities of what the prophet needs. In case one hasn’t picked up on it yet, most
of these qualities are consistent throughout the five-fold ministries.
needs the fruit of the Spirit operating in His life (Gal. 5:22-23) and to be
obedient to the leading of the Spirit (Gal. 5:13-16, 18). He needs to be filled with the Holy Ghost and
wisdom and be of good character (Acts 6:3).
Even though the Holy Ghost will give him what to say, he still has to
put something in for the Holy Ghost to draw it out (Acts
18:25-26). And he does this by
continually renewing his mind, becoming more familiar with scripture (Rom.
12:1-2). If he is not living what he
says, who will listen to him (1 Tim. 4:12).
Again, the ministry of a true prophet will be accompanied with signs and
wonders (Heb. 2:3-4). He needs to
operate in wisdom and knowledge (1 Corinth. 12:7-8). Because he speaks through the inspiration of
the Holy Ghost, he needs assure that he never grieves the Holy Ghost (Eph.
4:29-30). As with Paul, he must be
chosen by God for the task before Him and know his calling (Acts 9:10-16, 2
Tim. 1:11). Of course, it’s always
helpful to be able to train others to as Eli did with Samuel (Prov. 22:6, 1
Sam. 2:11,18, 2 Tim:2:1-2, 1 Thess. 2:8).
what is the passion of the prophet? Be
tentative to God’s Word and know His voice and desire to encourage others to stay
the right path and/or to reach their fullest potential.
prophet must know his audience so he can meet them on their level and then
carry them forward (Acts 17:16-31). He
is the mouth of God, with foreknowledge (1 Sam. 9:9, 15-20, Amos 3:7). Didn’t God speak with Moses on the mount
(Exod. 20:1-18)? The prophet can also
serve as a watchman. God selected
Ezekiel to be a watchman over Israel and warn the people (Ezek. 3:16-22, 33:1-7). The prophet also comes to edify, encourage
and comfort the people (1 Corinth. 14:3) as well as admonish them (Heb. 12:6). The prophet should always be ready to lift
others up in prayer (Col.1:8-11) and be ready to serve. Jesus washed the apostles feet as a
demonstration of service (John 13:4-17) and told His disciples that the
greatest should first be a servant (Matt. 20:26-28).
course, Jesus is our prime example for the prophet. He served, He ministered and He prophesied as
with the woman at the well (John 4:7-29). God spoke with Moses (Exod.
3:13-15). Jeremiah spoke for God against
king Zedekiah (2 Chron. 36:11-12).
Isaiah was a prophet of the Lord (2Kings 19:2) as was Ezekiel (Ezek.
1:3, 2:7). In the New Testament, Anna
was declared a prophetess (Luke 2:36-38).
Jesus, Himself, declared that there was no greater prophet than John the
Baptist (Luke 7:28).
course, today, many people prophesy and many of those claim to be a
prophet. The words of a true prophet
will come to pass (Jer. 28:9, Ezek:33:33).
We don’t always know when.
Understand the prophecies in the Old Testament were usually of events
yet to happen as is some of the prophecy in the book of Revelation. History will bear the prophet out and if not,
the Lord will clearly identify them in His timing.
dictionary defines apostle as one
sent on a mission, first sent to preach the gospel, one initiates a great moral
reform, or belief system, highest ecclesiastical position in some churches,
such, apostle is only found in the New Testament, so the Greek word apostolos (G652) says he is an
ambassador, messenger, a commissioner of Christ (with power) or one who is sent. His opposite is pseudapostolos (G5570) is a pretend preacher or a false teacher.
shares the parable of a wise man who builds his house upon the rock for rock is
a solid foundation and cannot easily be moved (as opposed to sand) (Matt.
7:24-27). And Jesus is our rock
(Acts 4:10-12, 1 Corinth. 3:10-11).
what do we see in one who is called to be an apostle? The fruit of the Spirit (Gal: 5:22-23), he is
led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:13-16, 18, has a good reputation amongst man (Acts
6:3), knows the scriptures, (Acts 18:25-26), renews his mind (Rom. 12:1-2),
lives what he teaches (John 13:13-15, Matt. 5:19), has a ministry that has
signs and wonders following (John 14:9-14, Matt. 5:8, Acts 1:8, 1 John
5:13-15). He can’t be timid in sharing the
gospel (Act 6:8-7:60) [he is the front man] and he operates in wisdom and
knowledge (1 Corinth. 12:7-8). He also
needs to be able to recognize God’s gift in others (1 Corinth. 29-16) for how
else could he guide them into their calling?
And above all, he needs to know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that God has
called him into this position (Mark 3:13-19, Acts 9:1-18).
should have the desire to help others understand who God is, their relationship
with Him and how to live in Him and for Him.
And, as we said, be able to recognize God’s gifts in others.
must be prepared to go anywhere (even in the world) for God (Matt. 28:18-20). The apostle is called to preach, heal and
cast out devils (Matt.10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16). He lays the foundation for the church (Rev.
21:9-14, 1 Corinth. 3 9-15, Col. 2:6-7).
Consider that laying the foundation for the church means first laying a
foundation in an individual’s life. Of
course, signs and wonders should follow his ministry (Acts 2:43, Mark
16:15-18). He should be bold in sharing
what God has given him (Acts 13:46) and have the desire to serve others (John
13:4-17) and edify, exhort and comfort them (1 Corinth. 14:3).
wrote the letters to get churches back on the right track so the apostle would
need to admonish where required (Heb. 12:6.
Once a church has been established, the apostle may be called to go
elsewhere so he needs the authority (Acts 14:19-23) to confirm souls and ordain
elders before he moves on (Acts 14:21-23.
Move on? He needs to be prepared
to travel. In the book of Acts, Luke records
travels with the apostle Paul so the apostle needs to be ready to continue the
journey (Acts 13:1-4 thru Acts 28:31).
And the training he gives others means he mentors them. He doesn’t just teach them the scripture, he
helps them to live it (Prov. 22:6, Acts 17:17, 19;9, Heb. 3:13, 1Sam. 2:11)
there may many who call themselves an apostle, our best examples are Jesus (of
course, Heb. 3:1), the disciples (Luke 10:1) and Paul (Acts 9:1-18 & rest
of book of Acts).
apostle(s) is the backbone of the church.
As a church builder, he needs to be able to function in each of the
five-fold ministries, recognize God’s gifting in others and then help them to
grow in that gift.
Christian can operate in any of the five-fold gifts in a given situation or even
related to a specific person, but only the God-called man (woman) can operate
in the “office’. The office is where the
respective responsibilities are not limited to a specific situation, person or
time but is available to the church as God calls – wherever, whenever, however.
offices are not just a positions in the church structure, but are a
responsibility to guide and encourage the church in the direction it needs to
a natural sequence of ministering in the five-fold ministry
preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
evangelist turns the new soul over to the apostle.
apostle lays a solid
foundation (in Christ Jesus) in that person’s life (as well as a fledgling church).
then turns that soul over to the teacher who teaches the Word of
God – so the individual knows what the
bible says and means.
pastor takes over and
teaches how to apply the Word of God into our lives so we can walk closer with
the prophet? He continually encourages
all so we can stay the course and be uplifted.
so maybe some of you are asking the question “What’s the big deal with the
five-fold ministry?” Some churches are
sold into it ‘hook, line and sinker’.
Some churches think this was only for the early church. Some may only accept part of it, but not
all. All churches do have a pastor. Yes, I understand that some churches do not
have a ‘main’ pastor, but they do, a least, have a rotating clergy. All churches need Sunday school teachers and somebody
in the church to reach out to the community to draw new souls into the
fellowship. When we look at it, all
churches have somebody giving an encouraging word to others.
experience is that a pastor will come in and start up a ‘new’ church in an area,
that is lay a foundation for this young fellowship and in so doing, he has to
‘solidify’ people around him to help.
The five-fold does function in churches today, just not the way it is
supposed to. Spread the responsibilities
out so each phase can receive the necessary attention.
share with you what Father has shared with me.
So, my personal conviction is that the five-fold ministry should be an
active part of every fellowship.
There should be one person sitting in each of the five offices to guide
and direct that ministry’s operations.
Each ministry can be time consuming so the operation thereof should not be
laid upon just one or two people (aka the pastor). Of course, there can be more than one person
serving in each ministry. How can one
grow unless (like the eunuch) someone
helps or mentors him to be ready? And
should the one serving in the ‘ministry’ departs, who steps in?
there is a lot more that can be said, that is deeper in detail, correlating the
bible verses with what has been said. But,
by the grace of God, this will help someone come to a better understanding of
why God has set forth what we call “the five-fold ministry”.
are today’s churches struggling? I don’t
think it’s just because of the biblically predicted falling away (2 Thess.
2:1-11). I think it goes into “why we
have fallen away”!