An Apostolic Understanding – Part Thirty-Nine

Let’s look together at the last two of the fivefold ministry team – the pastor / shepherd and the evangelist.

The fivefold pastor biblically does not lead a church. A true fivefold pastor will be tremendously frustrated if put into the position of running and administrating a religious organization.

Biblically the local church did not have a resident pastor or a full-time leader called a pastor. In the pages of the New Testament the head of the local assembly was usually an apostle working hand-in-hand with an eldership team. Have a look to whom Paul addressed his letters (epistles).

Because of the way that man has built his church we have placed a pastor to lead each church. Biblically the way a church is started is to send out an apostle (1 Corinthians 12:28) and if you look at this verse the pastor is never even mentioned or referenced…

“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.”

The church has called 1 and 2 Timothy and Tutus ‘pastoral epistles’ and yet both Titus and Timothy were apostles. So, to be more accurately named they should be called ‘the apostolic epistles.’ And, they actually set out many of the aspects of the life of an apostle and the character foundations needed for a successful apostolic ministry. They are not pastoral in the least.

We have built an entire church structure and understanding of the function of the church on a false understanding of the leadership model of the church and a totally wrong understanding of the ministry of the fivefold pastor. In fact, we have built a pastoral model of the church when the word “pastor” only appears once in the New Testament and that is with reference to the fivefold trans-local ministry and not a local key leader of a church.

So, the fivefold pastor (there is no other kind) is someone with a heart to care for God’s scattered sheep. And, they are willing to sacrifice their own life for the sheep. The true pastor, who is trans-local, will come into a local church and train the people to care for one another.

There are 59 “one another” verses in the New Testament and a solo pastor could never accomplish any of them for all the people who might look to them for pastoral care in the man-made model of the church. Paul tells use in 1 Corinthians 12 that the body has many member and each member ministers to the body. Not the pastor ministering but the saints ministering to “one another.” So, the fivefold pastor comes in to a local church to train the saints of God how to minister to one another so that all the sheep have their needs met and are fed, comfortable, and protected.

So, as Ephesians 4:11-15 states, the pastor, as part of the fivefold ministry team, equips the saints and the saints do the work of the ministry so that the Body of Christ, the Church, reaches maturity and attains to a supernatural unity that enables it to impact and influence the world.

And then there is the fivefold evangelist. Everyone is called to win the lost as they “go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). And, some are really good at this and seem to even have a special ability or anointing to do so. However, this does not make them a fivefold evangelist.

Again, the fivefold evangelist is part of the fivefold team working hand-in-hand with the apostle, prophet, shepherd, and teacher. Although the evangelist will win the lost as all disciples should this is not what declares him to be a fivefold evangelist.

A fivefold evangelist will hold crusades where many will come to he Lord and begin their faith journey with Jesus. But, their main task is to come into the local church and train the believers in how to share the gospel in the culture and to the generation that they represent and work with. They train and equip the saints for this work of the ministry.

Most fivefold evangelists work strongly in the supernatural Holy Spirit gifts of Healing and the Working of Miracles. These are major gifts to let people know that God loves them and thus introduce them to the Father’s love gift, His Son Jesus.