Introduction to Fivefold Ministry
All churches that proclaim the gospel, believing in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, who preach there is a heaven to gain and an eternal hell and judgment to shun are the greatest entities on earth. Heaven and earth will pass away but our God's Words will not. (Mathew 24:35)
Having said that, all church bodies and gatherings are not the same. Our preference is all churches who preach that a person must be born of the Spirit as a matter of personal choice (John 3:3, Ephesians 1:13). Our greater appreciation is towards churches who teach the scriptural and experiential "baptism of the Holy Spirit" subsequent to being born again.
Our greatest ideal church of choice are the churches who believe and practice the above, and also press for a scriptural church ministry government. Most churches up until 2013 do not follow or understand the scriptural church government pattern. We name the emerging churches who do, "FIVEFOLD MINISTRY CHURCHES."
Fivefold churches believe in a multiple ministry government, differing from the common one-fold practice. These churches believe that Christ gave five differing Christ appointed ministry callings, and that we should discern the callings and receive all of them today. We desire the benefits and fruit the Holy Spirit has deposited in each of these called and appointed ministries. (Ephesians 4:8-15)
Fivefold churches believe in a multiple eldership governing and feeding the believer assemblies. (Acts 20:17, 28, Titus 1:5)
As well, they receive, expect and respect the ministry of the believer. (Hebrews 5:11-6:2, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Acts 15:22-25, John 15:1, 8)
The churches and ministries should flow together in unity with Christ our Lord being the head of same. All believers should respect the authority and responsibility of the eldership placed over them, with accountability to all. We are all to submit ourselves one to another. (1 Peter 5:5, Hebrews 13:7, 17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12)
All authority must be acted out with the love of Christ. Where those in authority are accountable to those they oversee, with a practice of "mutual accountability." A one way authority command is a spirit of control, which we shun. (Revelation 2:6, 15) Love and esteeming each other with a holy respect, should be the binding salve which builds what the world needs to see, glorifying Christ as Lord.