Teamwork for everyone

Eph 4:7-12 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” …. 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. NIV

 In The outcomes of disciple-making I wrote that Christ’s ministry to the world flows through his body on earth, implying that the outcomes of disciplemaking are transformed lives and transformed communities. Paul even teaches that this transformation is not only personal, but has cosmic proportions precisely because it is the work of the exalted Christ.

Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim describe in “The permanent revolution” how the DNA of the church is found within the ministry of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. By restoring the first three in the list to the team the church again can fulfil its purpose as God intended. In a church where any one of the five dominates the others, the ministry of Christ towards the world is stunted and the results are seen in painful disunity and dysfunction of the church. Continue reading