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Leadership Luke 10

Needed: Evangelists

Continuing my tongue-in-cheek job description for five-fold ministries: Wanted: People with a passion to reach out to others Job description: We have an urgent need of evangelists to meet the current shortfall. This team player has an inner compulsion to communicate the good news of Jesus to those who do not yet know the Lord in… Read More

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Leadership

Wanted: Prophets

Continuing my somewhat tongue-in-cheek job description (I fully recognize this is not a "job") of five-fold ministries.  Wanted: Prophetic Leadership Job description: The applicant who fills this key position in the body of Christ is expected to be able to hear from God and communicate the intelligence gathered to the other members of the team… Read More

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Leadership

Wanted: Apostles

While waiting for a plane in Heathrow airport and pondering my next blog post, I found myself wondering what a “wanted ad” for 5-fold ministries would look like. Here’s my first take on it:   Wanted: apostolic leadership Job description: This Kingdom-motivated and foundation-laying person will be sent to break new ground in order to… Read More

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Church planting Leadership

How do apostles and prophets work together?

The church is built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). How do they work together? Neil Cole says prophets see the destination; apostles develop the route to get there. Prophets hear from God. They are visionaries who see what God is doing.  They often receive divine intelligence that informs the strategy… Read More

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Kingdom Women Leadership

Four questions about women apostles

After the last post on women apostles, I received a comment raising a number of questions about women in leadership. I thought it might be worthwhile to respond a little more publicly, so here goes! I blogged extensively on the subject of women a few months back. There are around 20 posts, beginning here. These… Read More

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Kingdom Women Leadership

Female apostles?

I have several friends who are women who function apostolically. They run regional events; they coordinate different groups across a region; they plant churches and train others to plant churches; they strategize and extend the Kingdom. They are extremely effective in what they do, and I love to learn from them. Some people question the… Read More

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Leadership

First apostles?

First Corinthians 12: 27-28 says this:  All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:    first are apostles,   second are prophets,   third are teachers,   then those who do miracles,   those who have the gift of healing,   those who can help others,   those who… Read More

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Leadership

What is the purpose of 5-fold ministry?

In many churches, people get excited when one of the so called "five-fold ministries" comes to town. (The name "five-fold comes from the passage quoted below in Ephesians 4.) They hope to receive a personal prophetic word from the prophet, or see many people become Christians when an evangelist gives an altar call. They like… Read More

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Leadership

Foundational leadership

In the world, leaders are frequently put on a pedestal. They are looked up to, given preferential treatment. Others work to support their vision. In the church, leaders are often put on a pedestal too. So-called apostles and prophets have business cards. They are highly visible on the rooftops.  But according to the New Testament,… Read More

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House church Leadership Organic church Simple Church

Upside-down leadership: a parable

A few years back, we had a 3-day meeting where about 40 of us gathered to listen to God. They were strong leaders from across the nation. Most of the time, the type-A personalities, seated on the inner row of 2 concentric circles of chairs, dominated vocally. The quieter ones sat on the back row.… Read More