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Leadership

The A-team: A question

For years I have been pondering a question. Should we be looking to form five-fold ministry teams? I hear this subject talked about quite a bit. It seems fairly obvious. A team consisting of an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor and a teacher would provide a well-rounded team to help lead a network… Read More

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Leadership

Why should simple/organic churches network together?

According to Ephesians 4, Christ has given gifts to the church. These gifts are people whom the Holy Spirit uses in specific ways. They are the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. They work together to help the body to mature fully and in every aspect of body life. They do this by equipping everyone… Read More

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Leadership

Teachers in house churches?

This is the final post of my "wanted ads" for five-fold ministries. Again, please note that I am not advocating these as positions within the body. Rather they are ways for people to lay down their lives for others. Wanted: teachers Job description: The successful applicant is able to communicate the truths of God’s word… Read More

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Leadership

House churches need pastors

This continues my series looking at the five-fold ministries as a series of "wanted ads." Some have misinterpreted these posts, thinking I am serious about these being jobs in the church! Please note: these are funtions only. Please see my posts here and here. Wanted: pastors Job description: Caring for others in the body of Christ,… Read More

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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