FIVE FOLD MINISTRY
The Lord has called some to be apostles, some as prophets, some evangelists, some teachers and some pastors. God is restoring a biblical understanding of what these roles and callings mean, so that His Bride can come into the fullness of what He has for her, getting ready for her Bridegroom’s glorious return.
God didn’t design ministry for just a few – he made each one of us a minister. All believers are called to serve and impact the lives of others through ministry. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and said, “You also should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you,” John 13:14.
Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24five times i received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.25three times i was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times i was shipwrecked, i spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26i have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. 27i have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; i have been cold and naked. (2.cor 11:23-28)
Greek word study: “apostolos” implies an ambassador, delegate, messenger, commissioner
- A representative for Christ or the church
- Goes out from what is established to broaden the scope of God’s reach to the world
- Feels the church should always be reaching beyond themselves, working in the community or the world
- A starter, innovative, has creative ideas for new ministries
- Builds strong foundations, sets the stage for God’s future work
- Adventurous spirit, adaptable to situations, people and cultures, open to missionary work
- Driven, steadfast, self-motivated.
Greek word study: “prophets” implies a foreteller, an inspired speaker, a poet
Hebrew word study: “nabiy” implies one who is inspired, speak or sing by inspiration, prophesy.
- Has a message from God, spokesperson, interpreter of God’s word and will.
- Has a mandate to restore God’s will whenever it had been lost.
- Uses the spoken or written word to get a message out.
- Has a calling to tell God’s truth to either the church or those outside of it and reveals the scope of truth.
- Focus on conviction, repentance and living a right life, warns of the consequences of sin.
- Boldness to speak and act for God, faithful, obedient.
- Looks toward future judgment, motivated to bring all to eternal life and avoid eternal separation from God.
- Able to interpret scripture for a contemporary audience or setting, may have a flair for the dramatic to grab attention and get a point across.
- Will reveal Christ to encourage, inspire, and comfort.
- Possess foresight and are risk takers.
Greek word study: “euaggelizo” implies to announce good news, declare glad tidings
- Carries a great burden for those who are not a part of the kingdom of God yet, then leaving the discipling to others.
- Has a particular calling to tell people about Jesus and how to be saved.
- They were fearless souls who possessed an extraordinary boldness to share Christ with unbelievers.
- Presents the scriptures so that individuals can grasp it.
- To see people come into the kingdom.
- Has a calling to spread the gospel, takes the Great Commission as a personal assignment.
- Focus on the grace of God, repentance from sin, and abundant living in Christ
- Optimistic, sees message as one of joy, good news and glad tidings, wants to share this blessing with all.
- Willing to travel to find an audience, open to missionary work.
- Prayerful, obedient, motivated, and excited.
Greek word study: “poimen” literally–shepherd, figuratively implies a caring leader, protector
- Has a calling to lead Christians, follows the example of the Good Shepherd, models ministry after Christ.
- Cares deeply for people, has a ministry of love, brings unity to a group.
- Provides spiritual food for the “flock” and seeks to protect them from the enemy.
- Focus on seeing people grow and improve.
- Instructs, trains, guides, a teacher of God’s ways, encourages and equips people to serve the body of Christ.
- Interested in long-term relationships and service, wants to watch those they work with grow.
- Prayerful, trustworthy, nurturing.
Greek word study: “didaskalos” implies an instructor, doctor, master, teacher
- Has a calling to teach the Word of God to Christians rather than spreading the word to unbelievers.
- Have a revelation of the hidden things in the Word and reveals the specifics of the revealed truth.
- Understands, interprets and explains the things so that others can understand it, challenges people to think.
- Feels called to speak or write about what they have learned so others can benefit from their understanding.
- Focus on education, facts, truth, and growth, sensitive to how people learn best.
- Believes the Bible is the ultimate source of truth, feels all Christians should continue their spiritual education.
- Teaches and sets an example to live ethically, grow spiritually, read the Bible, and know church doctrine.
- A gracious instructor, listens well and allows for opinions in a group to be expressed constructively, communicates or compiles information clearly, orderly and accurately.