While the fivefold minister’s purpose is one of EQUIPPING the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-15) and ENCOURAGING the Body of Christ, how he accomplishes these goals are much broader. His goal is to EDIFY the Body, UNIFY the Body, see the Body CONFORMED to the image of Christ, reconciling the Body to the Word of God and preparing every believer to fulfill his God-given ministry and overall destiny and call that is upon their lives.
The first Goal is EDIFICATION. Overall, the ministry of the fivefold is one of edification to the Body of Christ. Fivefold mindsets are encouragers. They love people and desire to see them obtain all that the the Lord is calling them to be and then to do. Character first and then ministry. They want to see the believers encouraged and walking in fullness and in victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Probably one of the most discouraging aspects for a fivefold minister is to see people with great potential settling for a good deal less. I have personally identified those with tremendous gifts, but they are only fulfilling a minute portion of what I believe the Lord has called them to accomplish with their life and ministry. Sometimes it is a matter of fully surrounding themselves to the Lord’s plan for their lives. Other times, they refuse to deal with troubling issues in their lives or they are discouraged with life. A fivefold minister will encourage people like this to press on.
The Bible advises us to encourage one another daily. Have you ever wondered why the author of the Book of Hebrews tells us to do that? It is because we can easily get discouraged. The enemy is always trying to undermine Christians because if he can dishearten them, he can keep them from fulfilling their destiny.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13-14)
A fivefold minister will encourage people so that they do not become hardened in sin or settle for second best. Encouragement just flows out of them. They are optimistic because they have the heart of Jesus in them. They believe the best and encourage people to give their best.
I personally like to interact with fivefold ministers because I am encouraged by them. A true evangelist makes me feel like I can evangelize; a prophet gives me courage to press on; a pastor reaffirms Christ’s love for me and helps me to know that I am going to make it. An apostle stirs my quest for life, and a teacher motivates me to dig into the Word for fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit.
This then is the first goal of all fivefold ministers – to encourage the Body of Christ and individual believers.