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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 so enlightening! I remember when I was younger in church and I would see various people that would take on certain positions in the church and miracles would occure right before my eyes and people would call a spirit by its name and command it to flee with authority. Gods was able to have full control of the service using each individual in the gifting that he had given them and there was unity, order and power and miraculous thing happened.I had such a hunger to be like those who were anointed in their calling. I don't see these things as often as when I was younger. Yes I do believe that we have gotten away from The power that comes with the anointing of the five fold ministry. How can the church truly thrive and be well equipped without it.

Amen Shawn, the church can be effective with the Five-fold-Ministry if they get back to praying effectively, fasting, worshiping, seeking God with their whole heart. Asking God to decrease the flesh so that the Spirit of God Increase..

Shawn Love-Williams said:

This is so enlightening! I remember when I was younger in church and I would see various people that would take on certain positions in the church and miracles would occure right before my eyes and people would call a spirit by its name and command it to flee with authority. Gods was able to have full control of the service using each individual in the gifting that he had given them and there was unity, order and power and miraculous thing happened.I had such a hunger to be like those who were anointed in their calling. I don't see these things as often as when I was younger. Yes I do believe that we have gotten away from The power that comes with the anointing of the five fold ministry. How can the church truly thrive and be well equipped without it.

This teaching is soo very necessary!!! After reading this, in conjunction with the experience on the call tonight. I just hadd to come and use this reading for my assignment on today. 

I started in ministry as a young lady. I was 25 when I preached my first sermon. I was also that age when I began to hear things and see things from God that nobody else around me was seeing and hearing. I had a deeper understanding about spiritual matters but I didn't have any leaders over me who could/would teach me what I needed to know. I begin to see in the spirit realm and encounter demonic forces that only one other person in my entire church understood, and was willing to stand against. 

Looking back now there seemed to be a "sweep it under the rug" attitude that was prevalent. But I was not satisfied with that. Especially when I begin to see demonic spirits manifest right in from of everybody's eyes, yet almost everybody else seemed to be blind to them. I needed guidance.

Then 2 days after the twin towers fell in NYC, I left my home in Maryland and went up to NY. It was there that God showed me a scripture that I had not ever seen before:  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,and ye need not that any man teach you:but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him."
I John 2:27

It was after I read this that my entire outlook changed. I then knew that God thru the Holy Spirit would always teach me the things that I need to know.

The sad part is that if this teaching was being taught as it should be, there would be no need the saints to have to travel such an arduous road to get to point A.

This foundational teaching should be the point A in our ministry journey. Yet because it's dismissed by so many, it's taking us seekers longer to get to where we need to be.

But God be praised!!!! There are many of us who are finding our way into position thru the leading of the Holy Ghost.

The question presented was, what could my gift add and what would I do in this matter? Well, I have operated in most of the ministry gifts, but I believe my gift for effective communication and practical application (teacher) would be most effective in this matter. I will use my gift for teaching to make available the knowledge presented here concerning the 5 Fold Ministry Gifts. I will explain and "breakdown" each gift and office. And by doing so, save others from having to scratch and scrape just to find their way to point A.

I was on a wilderness journey for years. Sometimes in church, sometimes out, because I couldn't find a place where I fit. I finally realized that I don't have to change myself to conform to others. And I didn't fit

because I'm not supposed to. 

God tells us to be sanctified... set apart for His use. So I'm not supposed to "fit in"... I'm supposed to be separate.

If I can help people to understand that fact, to understand that we don't have to cover up who we are in God to make other's comfortable, then I'd feel like my gift has finally made room for me.

 

amen to this and everyones input im hit the like button ! ''like'' =)

All I can say is COME ON WOG!!!

Lashawn Law said:

This teaching is soo very necessary!!! After reading this, in conjunction with the experience on the call tonight. I just hadd to come and use this reading for my assignment on today. 

I started in ministry as a young lady. I was 25 when I preached my first sermon. I was also that age when I began to hear things and see things from God that nobody else around me was seeing and hearing. I had a deeper understanding about spiritual matters but I didn't have any leaders over me who could/would teach me what I needed to know. I begin to see in the spirit realm and encounter demonic forces that only one other person in my entire church understood, and was willing to stand against. 

Looking back now there seemed to be a "sweep it under the rug" attitude that was prevalent. But I was not satisfied with that. Especially when I begin to see demonic spirits manifest right in from of everybody's eyes, yet almost everybody else seemed to be blind to them. I needed guidance.

Then 2 days after the twin towers fell in NYC, I left my home in Maryland and went up to NY. It was there that God showed me a scripture that I had not ever seen before:  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,and ye need not that any man teach you:but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him."
I John 2:27

It was after I read this that my entire outlook changed. I then knew that God thru the Holy Spirit would always teach me the things that I need to know.

The sad part is that if this teaching was being taught as it should be, there would be no need the saints to have to travel such an arduous road to get to point A.

This foundational teaching should be the point A in our ministry journey. Yet because it's dismissed by so many, it's taking us seekers longer to get to where we need to be.

But God be praised!!!! There are many of us who are finding our way into position thru the leading of the Holy Ghost.

The question presented was, what could my gift add and what would I do in this matter? Well, I have operated in most of the ministry gifts, but I believe my gift for effective communication and practical application (teacher) would be most effective in this matter. I will use my gift for teaching to make available the knowledge presented here concerning the 5 Fold Ministry Gifts. I will explain and "breakdown" each gift and office. And by doing so, save others from having to scratch and scrape just to find their way to point A.

I was on a wilderness journey for years. Sometimes in church, sometimes out, because I couldn't find a place where I fit. I finally realized that I don't have to change myself to conform to others. And I didn't fit

because I'm not supposed to. 

God tells us to be sanctified... set apart for His use. So I'm not supposed to "fit in"... I'm supposed to be separate.

If I can help people to understand that fact, to understand that we don't have to cover up who we are in God to make other's comfortable, then I'd feel like my gift has finally made room for me.

 

Amen, yes Aurora they have took the Five-fold-Ministry out of the church. The body of Christ need the Five-fold-Ministry to elevate and obtain their authority.

Aurora Wilson said:

I enjoyed this week DQ question and conference call on the Five-Fold Ministry.

Part of God perfect design for the church was for us to operate properly in the Five-Fold Ministry.  I believe many churches are not recognizing the equipping gifts of the body of Christ.  The Five-Fold Ministry I believe was designed to connect the purpose of Christ as it relates to His Church.  I have church-hopped often in my 40 hours and now that I understand what the Five-Fold Ministry is the only two that I saw happening was the ministry of Pastoral and Evangelism.  Many churches don't teach anymore. They have become feel good churches and don't deliver the word.  They have taken out Sunday School and weekly bible study and weekly prayer meetings. We must ensure that we educate our churches that the Five-Fold Ministry is critical to the fulfilling of the mission of the church. 

FIRST OFF...... wow look at god!!!!!!!! Yes lord yes!!!!! here i am not understanding things as i go to church i was trying to find a church that i could sit under and get a full corse meal ok... and so as i was going to church to church to see ware i cold fit in all i wanted to do was go to the head and say why are we not preaching about salvation , the RETURN OF JESUS, THE POWER THAT NAME OF JESUS HAS healings and manifestaions of gods power. DEAD church WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! when i say that to some they have told me no church is purfect .... WATCH WHAT YOU SAY!  Yes no church is perfect we are all sinners but the lord has redeamed us from the payment of sin. We can turn from that in the power of the lord our christ Jesus. Yep Yep they been trying to shut me up and have a pason for TRUTH! The devil is a lier! there IS POWER IN THAT NAME JESUS I SEEN IT ! THANK U JESUS !!!!! 

PLUSE IM NOT LOOKING FOR A perfect church but for them to be in Jesus who is blast out some demands in JESUS NAME IN VICTORY!!!!!!!!!! ok so now i know hehe im about to jump up and down all over this page whhhooooiiiiiieeee .............THANK U LORD JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ooooOOOOOoooo IM NOT DoNe WHAT ABOUT , REPENTANCE !!!!! ALL DAY EVERY DAY!!!!! FEED THE SPIRIT NOT THE FLESH !!!!  - Yes that goes for me toOoOoOo   AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Teri girl you better PREACH!!! I have felt the same way about some of the churches!!! And my Lord, not teaching about Salvation nor how to live this life, just expecting the people that are new in Christ to fend for themselves, no guidance no teaching them that they need the Holy Ghost, just speaking in tongues all over them! Help us Lord!!!

-AMEN!

5 fold ministry.....instructions on how God wanted his church to build their foundation upon so that they would teach the truth so the church could grown and complete their mission.

I think all church should be operating the five fold ministry. You can have all the gifts but you can only use one at a time. Churchs should get back to the basics. Where they are teaching the saints the truth. They need to know their gifts and how,when to use them. So many people are sitting in church and don't have any ideal who they are or what God has called them to do. They are dying sitting right there in the church. The love I have for Christ and my sisters and brothers, I would teach them all that I know and learn. I will continue to study, learn, so I can help God's people as much as I can, and give them what God has given me.

 

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