I believe that it’s time we bear fruit in an area that there’s been a lot of talk about this past year or so.
Over much of the past year, our own Director of Transformational Ministries Brandon Kelly has been writing and blogging about the five-fold callings found in Ephesians 4 – apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers.
Whether we continue to call our credentialed ministers pastors or not, we need to repent and realize that ministry is not ‘one size fits all.’ There is not one set of gifts that every ‘pastor’ (or elder, minister etc) has.
So all the Bible study and talk is great, but what about reality?
What about you and me?
If Jesus is right, then we are going to need all five of these gifts, not just shepherds.
So what I’m asking is for folks – particularly our ‘pastors’ – to comment on this post something like ‘I believe I am an evangelist.’ ‘I believe I am an apostle’ ‘I believe I am a shepherd.’
Let’s move this conversation into reality and help each other learn how God has gifted us to help equip his church.
I will share about myself in a comment below…
If you’ve not really thought about this for your own life and calling, I can tell you from personal experience that the journey can be liberating.
This is only one step of the repentance we need here. Our regional credentialing and placement commissions should also be having regular discussions about APEST and helping each ministry candidate understand their unique calling.
Lord, help us to discern your call on each of us and not try to fit into a preconceived notion of what it means to be a minister or pastor. Help us all, and our churches, understand how you’ve gifted us that we might be faithful to you and serve within the power that you give. In Jesus’ name. Amen.