In my last blog I wrote how a change in the Church’s government is beginning. The government of the Church is evolving from being democratically elected to one that is governed by people chosen by Jesus using the gifts He is giving them. This type of government has many names including Apostolic government and 5-Fold ministry.
I want to propose to you that as we make this change in government many of the things we desire to see the Church become will start to happen. A basic principle of leadership is that followers can never rise above their leaders. It is very important to have mature leaders with the gifts (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher) needed to lead the Church. This will cause a rise in maturity in the Church.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s 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. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:11-14
If we examine the verses above we see that if a Church has an Apostolic government the following benefits will start to happen in the Church.
Unity will be achieved
Full Knowledge of Jesus will be known
Full maturity will come to Christians
Babies in the Lord will grow up
Deception of Christians will go down
This is what I want to see happen in the Church! Did you notice the direct link between who your leaders are in the Church and the results that come? I don’t believe you can get the benefits of above without understanding the important role of what type of government you have and who is in it.