“Uniting servant leaders who embrace and demonstrate the Kingdom of God with power.”
Apostolic Ministry (or “Five-Fold Ministry” - Eph 4:11)
We see God supernaturally knitting together men and women in covenant relationships. This is not something that we can do ourselves. It is a work of the Spirit of God. Covenant-minded men and women often are drawn together and recognize the hand of the Lord in bringing others into their lives. As God unites leaders from various parts of the world and in various nations, they are enabled to work together for the greater purposes of God. The restoration of genuine and authentic five-fold ministry (Eph 4:11) shakes the foundation of the church, which has often been built on the traditions of men. God is establishing a new and unshakable foundation for His church based on the ministries of the apostles and prophets. This requires the church to become centers or hubs that train, equip and release ministries rather than simply adding numbers or building buildings.
As God restores His foundational gifts and ministries there will also be a shift in understanding and doctrine. The early church walked in the apostle’s doctrine. We believe that the apostolic and prophetic gifts will be set in the Body of Christ in order for us to understand the revelation of God’s plans and purposes for His church. Paul says that apostles and prophets have a stewardship of the mystery of the gospel (See Ephesians 3:1-5). While there are no new revelations, there is restored understanding of the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit. For example, God restored the understanding of justification by faith through Martin Luther. It was not a new revelation. It was in the Word all along. But the church had lost sight of it. God used Luther to call the church back to what was in the Word but had been lost or ignored.
We believe that the Reformation is not over. The respective burdens and impartation given by the apostles and prophets will help establish a Kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:28). New levels of anointing will empower the evangelist, pastor and teacher as they work together with the apostle and prophet. The goal is not five-fold ministry. The goal is equipped saints that fulfill their calling and build up the body of Christ. We are to come to the unity of the faith and the full knowledge of the Son of God. We are to be joined and knit together with every part doing its share, which causes the church to grow and be edified in love (See Eph.4:11-13).
The church of the last days will be filled with the glory of God and fulfill her glorious destiny. Jesus will present to Himself a glorious Church without spot, wrinkle or blemish. The church will have been made holy by the “washing of water by the Word of God” (Eph. 5:26, 27).
Apostolic Churches (or “Apostolic Centers” or “Apostolic Hubs”)
The release of five-fold ministry in the Body of Christ will result in a new kind of church. Apostolic centers (hubs) will be raised up where local and trans-local teams minister. These hubs will become centers for training, equipping, and releasing of ministers and ministries.
We believe that a vision for discipling the nations must be first and foremost in our strategy of world evangelism. Instead of just seeking converts, teams will plant and nurture New Testament churches where disciples are made and local, indigenous leaders are set in place. Leadership teams will oversee new works until they are healthy enough to walk on their own.
We believe that character and relationships are just as important as gifting and anointing as the criterion by which a ministry is validated. Christ demonstrated a balance of Godly Character with Power. We believe God has a strong desire to see the Gospel preached in Love and demonstrated in power. Churches in a given area will flow together under the influence of the Holy Spirit to establish “elders” in the gates of cities. Local apostolic “fathers” will be recognized by their fatherly heart, divine authority and apostolic wisdom. Because of the networking of local and trans-local apostolic teams, unity of the Body of Christ, and the tremendous power in prayer, dramatic transformation will take place in cities and regions. A great harvest will be reaped.
We believe that we will see the training and equipping of the Body of Christ “…until we come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God…” (Eph 4:12-13). Because all five ministry gifts will impart to the saints, they will grow and develop into maturity bearing fruit. Believers will be equipped to win the lost, heal the sick and cast out demons. Anointed ministries will be established to meet the benevolent and practical needs of people. These ministries will heal the sick and minister in power to those who come to them.
We believe that we must equip the saints to understand and appropriate their full inheritance through Jesus Christ. Believers must know their new identity and recognize the authority that has been given to them to lead victorious lives.
We believe that it is God’s desire for His people to believe Him for supernatural provision today. “If we are to represent God accurately to the world around us—the way He really is—then we must represent Him as a God of abundance” (Derek Prince). As in the days following the day of Pentecost, the saints will again lay great amounts of money at the feet of proven apostles. This money will be distributed at the leading of the Holy Spirit and great blessing will follow. Purity and godly accountability will become common.
A tremendous trust will exist in the church because the church will have learned Covenant. A willingness to lay down our lives for one another will mark true Christianity. Great humility coupled with great boldness will be the rule rather than the exception.
The Return of Christ
The culmination of all things will be the return of Christ. He will return for a glorious Church without spot, wrinkle or blemish. A level of unity and anointing will mark the church of the Last Days. God’s fire and glory will be seen in His church as it ministers throughout the earth. The stage is being set for the full revelation and demonstration of His glory for all to see.