There are many kinds of leaders and workers. There are many spiritual gifts. The church is incomplete without all of them functioning as the Body of Christ.
This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus: “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…” (Ephesians 4: 11, 12.)
An apostle is a leader who is commissioned and empowered by our Lord to proclaim the gospel to the nations. An apostle is an ambassador for Christ who makes disciples of people groups. Just as Jesus was sent by the Father to be the Savior of the world, apostles are sent by the Father to proclaim the King and extend his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
The mission for those with the gift of apostleship today is to plant new churches and ministries, go into places where the Gospel is not preached, reach across cultures to establish churches in challenging environments, raise up and develop leaders, call out and lead pastors and shepherds, and much more. They often have many different gifts that allow them to fulfill their ministry. Apostles are leaders of leaders. They are influencers. They are able to take risks and perform difficult tasks. (SpiritualGiftsTest.com)
Sound familiar? Do you find yourself identifying with these characteristics? You may have an apostolic gifting. You could describe Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) as a School for Apostles. DCPI is a Family for those who have an apostolic gifting.
To be an apostle within a church planting movement, you have to raise up an accomplished team of leaders with many gifts. That means, you must pray for leaders. Envision leaders. Recruit leaders. Train leaders. Encourage leaders. Invest in leaders. Pastor leaders. Give your leaders authority. And send out leaders to do the same with those they lead.
John Maxwell said, “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
Empower your leaders. Help them become who God intended them to be.
Until the Whole World Knows Him!
President and Founder, DCPI