How we Involve Apostolic Gifts in the Church

Posted by 18 June, 2014 Leadership, Mission, Missions No Comments
NCF DNA Standard Portfolio Feature APOSTOLIC GIFTS

By Grant Crawford.

Some principles we have learned over the years from Dudley Daniel

  • How to receive an apostolic gift (transfer trust & take seriously)
  • Nonsense regarding titles
  • Invited vs imposed authority (the dangers of invited authority are selective inclusion and “playing the field”. The dangers of imposed authority are “control related” and too scary to contemplate)
  • Realms of government that need apostolic involvement (discipline, doctrine, direction, ordination, finance, succession )
  • Primary vs secondary relationships need to be considered. Ie, who do we partner primarily with and who are simply friends in the ministry.
  • Apostolic giving needs to be considered and managed with conviction
  • Don’t build on guest speakers

Some principles we have learned through the NCMI transition

  • The nature of apostolic teams, leadership and roles of 5 fold gifts
  • The value of apostolic vehicles such as missions and regional training times, church planter courses etc.
  • The value of honour
  • The reality of autonomy in a local church and the wisdom of inviting governmental perspective from trusted voices.

Some conclusions that we have come to regarding how a local church relates to apostolic teams

  • There are five distinct arenas that we express our apostolicity
  • Receiving of ministry gifts (as the elders feel the need for the local church, from various movements around the world )
  • Friendship (all elders encouraged to have friends with pastors outside NCF)
  • Governmental bouncing board (we have selected 4 NCMI men familiar with multisite and our journey to speak into NCF elders forums- not necessarily Sunday)
  • Partnership, sowing into (Primarily , not exclusively NCMI)
  • Training resourcing (Primarily, not exclusively NCMI)

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