Over the next week on the blog, we are going to be looking at the five-fold ministry of leadership that is laid out in Ephesians 4, with a concluding thought on how this looks in an established church.
Today, we look at Apostles.
The word ‘apostle’ means ‘a sent one’ and we see that in their personality. Apostles are go-getters. They love anything new, exciting, or different. They often like travel, culture, and continually seek fresh expressions of faith and life. Their knack for travel means that they are ready to learn and adopt what is useful from culture to share the Good News. Much like Peter and Paul, they feel commissioned to a group, people, or subculture to share the Good News with, and they find a creative platform to do that.
[pullquote]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. – Ephesians 4:11-13[/pullquote]
How the church can help them (Ways to release an apostle for mission):
Want to read the whole series? Here’s what’s been published so far: