What were the apostles really trying to do in the early church? What were they trying to accomplish? When they planted a church, what was that church trying to do? When they networked, why did they network? What is the purpose or function of apostolic ministry? How does that relate to the community?
Many have called apostolic ministry a ‘building’ ministry. If we’re going to build, we had better learn the function of what we’re building! The function of a building determines the form of a building . . . form follows function. In my opinion, many have set out to form apostolic networks, do ‘apostolic ministry’, or be ‘apostles’ without really knowing the function of the apostolic. That’s like building a building without the blueprint! The form or building ends up confusing the ones on the outside, and confounding the ones on the inside. The end result has been forms, many of which have had very little reflection of true apostolic ministry.
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This book is about the function of apostolic ministry, or apostolicity, the extent to which you are apostolic. As we explore the what, why, and the how of apostolic ministry, I believe the real heart purpose and function of apostolic ministry will become more evident to us. As the function of apostolic ministry is grasped, the various forms will be more reflective of the function.
In my opinion, real apostolic ministry is about what I call the “Three C’s” . . . Christ, the Church, and the Community!
- Apostolic ministry is about Christ . . . He is the Chief Cornerstone of the building or temple . . . the groom of the church and the Light of the World! As the church looks to Christ, she looks like Christ.
- Apostolic ministry is about the Church . . . a church conformed to the image of His beloved Son is character, ministry and mission demonstrating the manifold wisdom of God. A church not emphasis, personality, or theme driven, but churches demonstrating Christ Unlimited!
- Apostolic ministry is about the Community . . . gives the church back to the community. The community seeing a united church, effective churches with good reputations, and churches that reflect Jesus to the community!
Christ . . . being made known through the church to the rulers, world and community (Eph. 3:10). When Christ is lifted up through the church, He draws all men (the community) to Himself (Jn. 12:32). The real function of apostolic could be summed up in this way . . . Christ . . . through the church . . . to the community!
Endorsements for Making Sense of Apostolic Ministry
“Nationstrategy is right on the cutting edge of the awesome work of God through the mushrooming New Apostolic Reformation movement today. I greatly admire the creative and anointed leadership that Dr. Ed Delph is providing for the Body of Christ in many parts of the world.”
Dr. C. Peter Wagner
Wagner Leadership Institute
Colorado Springs, CO. USA
“The networking of key leaders is essential to the reaching of the nations. Dr. Ed Delph has been raised up and anointed by God to set networks in place.”
Rev. Ed Silvoso
Director – Harvest Evangelism
San Jose, CA. USA
“God is doing great and wonderful things in the Church today. Nationstrategy is a vision of bringing spiritual fathers and apostles together, as the synergism of ‘Networking’ makes the whole greater as ‘every joint supplies.’ Dr. Ed Delph is hearing what other seasoned leaders are hearing God say; “Where are the fathers? Where are the mentors?”
Dr. Emanuele Cannistraci
Apostolic Missions International
San Jose, CA. USA