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Five-Fold Ministry

The Five-Fold Ministry doctrine is derived from Ephesians 4:11 "And He
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers;"

Just as the "little cloud...like a man's hand" (I Kings 18:44) preceeded the flooding rain, the five ministry giftings will preceed the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Holiness and power that the Church of Jesus Christ has ever known.

For almost two thousand years the Church has hobbled about in self-imposed weakness because of Her failure to recognize God's provision for power.

The same preachers who warn us: "Never pray for patience" for "tribulation worketh patience" (Romans 5:3) admonish us to pray and fast for maturity and unity, when our Father's provision is already revealed in Ephesians 4:11-15.

Perhaps their blindness to the truth is motivated by an improper understanding of the ministry gifts. Perhaps they feel that the recognition of these gifts would impose some sort of clerical heirarchy upon the Church. Quite the opposite is true. The function of the ministry gifts and their benefits are like salvation: our Heavenly Father doesn't force salvation on us, our acceptance of Christ as our Savior and all the ensuing benefits is voluntary. The same with the ministry gifts.

Several years ago, I flew to Florida to help my sister-in-law move back to Michigan. Before departing, I gave instructions to a friend to make sure the car was ready for the journey. When I arrived, I discovered that the car which was supposed to haul my sister-in-law and her family as well as a trailer had only four of it's six cylinders functioning. Additionally, the transmission had only second and third gear... no first or reverse! We survived the 1300 mile trip. However, our journey would have much easier had the car been functioning the way it's designers had intended.

As a young Christian, I was told to "read the red" (in other words: study the Gospels, especially the words of Christ). Well, I did. And one thing I learned by studying Jesus' teachings was that He expected the Church to walk in power, unity and maturity. Thirty years later, I can only deduce that today's Church is weak and divided because we are running on only one or two cylinders instead of the five originally intended.

Ministry Gifts in Ephesians 4:11
Responsibility Natural Manifestation
Apostle Doctrine and Discipline Enjoys building things: projects, businesses, etc.
Prophet Discern and Proclaim God's Word. Has a keen (sometimes problematic) sense of Justice.
Evangelist Present the Gospel of Christ to the lost. Enjoys direct contact with people. Most are successful salesmen.
Pastor To care for the everyday needs of the church family Enjoys serving. Loves to have people come to their home.
Teacher Instruct the Church in the practicalapplication of God's Word. Is able to explain complex issues in a way that even a child can understand.

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This is very enlightening,many people are not aware of the functions of the five fold and as a result they don't understand what components are missing in the operation of ministry. It is virtually impossible to fully function if all components are not in place and functioning properly. Therefore full potential is not being reached.Gods purpose is not being fulfilled in most cases

 I agree with the reading, I believe we are just running on two cylinders, but I know God is preparing his servants to go out and walk in the Five-Fold Ministries. Jesus help us...

Ne'eman yes Lord.

Wow I did I missed this this was very deep for me to know about who I am again


This is a subject that i didn't understand because my past leaders never spoke on the topic and when i would say something i didn't receive the proper response. I figured that i worked and still was working the Five-Fold Ministry without the proper teaching but thank  God  I have the opportunity now to learn and teach others.I now understand that the five ministry roles of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher found in the book of Ephesians 4th chapter. It’s the Biblical blueprint we are given to equip people and grow in the Kingdom of God.Yes I do thank God to for equipping me with the knowledge of the Five -Fold Ministry so I can Equip others. People who are Blessed  with an Apostolic position are Dream Awakeners* in the Kingdom of God. They awaken people to their God designed potential. The apostle Paul and the other Apostles walked around with great power Holy Ghost power, Its worth every bit of my education to know everything about the Five-Fold Ministry and the Power that Motivated the Apostles, To minister with such Holy Ghost Boldness.People who are blessed with a Prophetic position are Heart Revealers* in the Kingdom of God. They are effective in revealing God’s heart for His people where ever they go.Just to know about the Prophets and Prophtetesses listed in the Word of God they were amazing Men And women of God with such great Holy Ghost Power being able to see into the future of men and women  In the name of Jesus Christ. People who are Blessed with an Evangelist position are Story Tellers* in the Kingdom of God. They make the stories of Jesus’s remarkable goodness and love famous. They are the carrier of good news and partner with Jesus in celebrating people’s transformation. I normally can tell an Evangelist the minute they open their mouth.The Spirit of God is in their speech,  Pastoral positions are Soul Healers* in the Kingdom of God. They are instrumental in guiding people through brokenness back to wholeness and healing their soul from wounds that keep them where they are. They create a safe atmosphere of family and belonging. They bring fun and enjoyment to God's ministry and allow people to feel like they are part of a greater family. Pastoral services I been doing over 30 years, I found you have to wear many hats when Pastoring. Also i been teaching over 30 years thanks to the leading of the Holy Spirit He had me walking in my Purpose and I did not even realize it. Teaching Positions are Light Givers* in the Kingdom of God. They make the truth and knowledge about God accessible to all. i thank God for this lesson and pray to actually learn the right way to Minister embracing the Five -Fold Ministry.

Amazing I never knew there was a five fold ministry, I always thought it was just pastor's this is knowledge to my ears I'm excited to see what my is. All of these seem to play an important role in the ministry but all the same goal Ne'eman. 


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