What is the role of 5 Fold ministry and how does this function in networks of these Churches?

by admin on 19/04/2011

 

(By Tony and Felicity Dale)

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 to receive good teaching from someone with a teaching ministry. They hope to see these people showcase their gifts in an impactful way.

The only problem is that this is not the purpose of these gifts that Jesus has given to the church.

This is what Ephesians 4:11-12 says: Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

According to this passage, these people are gifts of Jesus to his church. The five-fold gifts of Ephesians 4 are there to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry. This means they impart to others, training them in the skills that are needed to function in their particular area of gifting. They are not doing all  the work of ministry themselves.

The apostle trains others to think strategically about the Kingdom, starting churches etc.

The prophet teaches others to prophesy.

The evangelist teaches people to spread the good news of the Kindom and make disciples.

The teacher trains others in how to teach.

The pastor teaches people how to care for others.

The purpose of Ephesians 4 ministries is not that they showcase their gifts, but they train others with the skills they have been given.

(Taken from Simply Church : A House Church Perspective)

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