The church of my dreams would be one built upon the five-fold ministry of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher (Ephesians 4:11). The key leaders would be the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). It would be a living organism and not an organization. Because a local church is a group of believers meeting together it will, of course, have some organization. However, structure must support life for it to be a part of this local church and the structure is removed as soon as it is no longer doing that.
The leaders of this church of my dreams would equip the believers to do the work of the ministry. This is their job description according to Ephesians 4. The believers would be ministers of the Gospel and every believer would be released into the ministry they are best gifted to accomplish. Again, this is according to Ephesians 4:12-16. This ministry would be in the world and not in the church. This would be supernatural ministry to unsaved people who have yet to hear about and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Obviously this would be a team approach to ministry with every part of the local church fulfilling its calling and purpose. It would be a church in the world and for the world but not of the world.
This church of my dreams would be one that is not program centered but whatever activities did exit would have only one purpose – to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. The ministry is reaching the lost at any cost. It is going into all the world … each one-reaching one. The time the saints spend encouraging or comforting one another is maintenance and not ministry; it is not growing the church but simply maintaining what is already there.
This church of my dreams would be supernatural. Anything less and it would simply be another cultural group, social or community club. The church would walk in the power of God at all times.
The apostle Paul stated:
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)The church of my dreams would walk in “the Spirit’s power” at all times. And the message proclaimed would not be some self-help message disguised as Bible truth but the basic gospel of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
The church of my dreams would be able to declare, like Paul, that:
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done — by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (Romans 15:18-19)
And, it would not just be the apostles and prophets who would be involved in these “signs and wonders” but the whole church actively winning the lost by ministering supernaturally on the streets and in the marketplace.
We would truly have “rivers of living waters” (John 7) flowing out to the surrounding community.