Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Understanding the Flow of the Five Fold Ministry



We covered the basics of the Five Fold Ministry or Giftings in my previous article.  (Youcan find that HERE.)

The Five Fold Ministry is an arrangement of giftings given to us by the Spirit and the Word by which the Heavenly Father reveals His heart and direction to His people.

In the Old Testament, He used the Priesthood and the Levites to govern His people.  In the New Testament, He has given us the Five Fold Ministry.

Today I want to focus on how these giftings flow together to bring heaven to earth.  Whenever all five giftings are being properly used – the Body of Christ benefits!  It is important that we understand their functions and how they flow together in God’s Kingdom.

Quick review:
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)  So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

·         These giftings are necessary to equip God’s people for works of service. 
·         Those who are equipped will build up the Body of Christ. 
·         The Body will be built up until we reach a unity and a maturity which will help us to accomplish the fullness of Christ.

Apostles Govern – people with this gifting have a supernatural understanding regarding the government structure of God’s kingdom.

Prophets Guide – people with this gifting hear from God and disseminate His direction to the Body.

Teachers Ground – people with this gifting keep God’s people grounded in His word and His truth.

Pastors Guard – people with this gifting want to comfort and protect the hearts of God’s people.

Evangelists Gather – people with this gifting have a knack for drawing people together and pointing them towards God.

There is a flow that goes from heaven to earth when all of these gifts are in operation.  The giftings can work within a small ministry to a megachurch.  They also work in Kingdom Minded businesses as well as organizations that are planted in the Kingdom of God.

As I spell out this flow – I want to be clear that I am talking about giftings not “positions.”  Some churches have actual positions for each of the giftings – this is not what I am addressing here.  Simply having all five giftings in operation within an organization is enough to bring the Kingdom flow. 

The Kingdom Flow

The giftings of the Apostles and Prophets work together to cast the vision of God’s plan within a body.  The Teachers, Pastors and Evangelists work together to carry out the vision which is articulated by the giftings of the Apostles and Prophets.

The foundation of any organization in the Kingdom of God should be built on the giftings of the Apostles and Prophets.  Eph 2:20

Say the apostolic and prophetic people in a church agree that they have heard from the Lord that their church needs to spend the next year delving into the Word of God.

The flow would be that the teachers – pastors – and evangelists would take a cue from this vision and begin to use “delving into the Word of God” as a basis for everything they carry out over the next year.

The same thing could happen when it comes to focusing on missions, or focusing on prayer.  The apostolic/prophetic gifts cast the vision they received from the Lord and the teacher, pastor, evangelist gift carry out the vision with the people in the Church.

Let’s look at the flow from the standpoint of a business or organization.  This is what it looks like when the owner of a business that has Five Fold ministry in operation: the apostolic (governing) and prophetic (hearing from God) gifts help an owner of a business know the direction of a business.  Then the pastor (cares of the people), teacher (learns new methods and spreads new info) and evangelist (public relations person) all head toward the vision that the apostle and prophet have received from the Lord.

The Kingdom flow of the Five Fold Ministry looks a little something like this wheel:




If either the prophetic gift or the apostolic gift is missing the vision that is cast is not centered and the hub of the wheel is unstable.

If the pastor, the teacher or the evangelist gift is missing the wheel of the Five Fold Ministry itself will not roll smoothly.    Being without one of them would make the care of the people wobbly and insecure.

The wisdom Paul gave us in Ephesians 4 is meant to equip the Body of Christ to make us stronger and to come to full maturity.  We cannot do without one of these gifts!!





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