The Fivefold Ministry
What is The Fivefold Ministry?
The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from Ephesians 4:11, “It was he who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers.” Primarily as a result of this verse, some believe God has restored, or is restoring, the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today. Ephesians 4:12-13 tells us that the purpose of the five-fold ministry is, “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.” So, since the body of Christ definitely is not built up to unity in the faith and has not attained to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ, the thinking goes, the offices of apostle and prophet must still be in effect.
Titles and Roles
Apostle(s): One sent forth and directly called by the Father God in which they are the eye and ear witnesses of Christ, teachers of sound doctrine, administrators, international, and divinely inspired writers.
Prophet(s): One who speaks before and who speaks for (in the name of) GOD.
Evangelist(s): The bringer of the gospel (good news) who minister primarily to unbelievers.
Pastor(s): To feed, lead, guide and nurture the sheep of God’s fold. To teach, preach, represent, administrate GOD’s church and pray for the sick.
Teacher(s): Complimentary and essential to that of the Pastor; in which to teach sound doctrine in the “Spirit of Love.”