You are a leader when you step out there in your community. All the stones before this was to bring you to this point. As Apostle Tim Early says, “You are being trained to reign.” You are called to influence and impact your realm of authority in Christ.

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EPISODE 066 – Kingdom Rapid Response Team – Urban Apostles Network [PODCAST]

EPISODE 066 – Kingdom Rapid Response Team – Urban Apostles Network [PODCAST]

066 - Kingdom Rapid Response Team - Urban Apostles Network
066 – Kingdom Rapid Response Team – Urban Apostles Network

Urban Apostles’ Network’s Story

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

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Welcome U.R.B.A.N. A.P.O.S.T.L.E.S!

 

I know by now you have heard what has happened in Paris, France as well as all the events that look and seem so fearful and terrifying in our new world and way of life. It has been tragic days of chaos these past several years, but there is still hope in the Kingdom of God and in Christ and in the Father. There is still hope for this generation and believe it or not YOU ARE PART OF GOD’S HOPE to your city, your region, your nation, and the whole globe (Acts 1:8).

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Developing Others More than Self Promotion

Developing Others More than Self Promotion

Developing Others More than Self Promotion
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By Apostle Ricardo Butler

A Question Asked for Leaders

Months ago, I was doing some research on social media concerning specific needs within the church of God when talking about leadership issues and problems.

So I put out this question to only apostolic leaders and apostolic ministers.

“What are some of the leadership needs that you are seeing or facing?”

One of the many answers that came back was to issue of leaders needing to develop others more then self promotion.

Jesus said on one hand,

“My doctrine is not Mine, but His [God’s] that sent Me. If any man will DO His [God’s] will, HE SHALL KNOW OF THE DOCTRINE [Gk: ‘teaching’], whether the doctrine be of God, or whether I speak [preach, teach the doctrine] of myself [whether I am making it up]. He that speaks of himself [or promotes his own self/flesh, ministry, church, or denomination] SEEKS HIS OWN GLORY [Gk: ‘honor, praise, worship’]: but he that seeketh HIS [GOD’S] GLORY that sent him, THE SAME IS TRUE [Gk: ‘not concealing, sincere’], and no unrighteousness is in him.” (John 7:16-18).

Then He said on the other hand,

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are going about the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte, and whenever he may be becoming one, you are making him more than double a son of Gehenna than you are.” (Matthew 23:15, Concordant Literal New Testament).

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Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 3 @RicardoEquips

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt 3

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 3
Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 3

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

As we finally come to a close to our 3 part series, we come to the last four illustrations, parables, or word pictures that Jesus speaks about that all five fold ministry leaders can learn from.

The whole goal was to find out how all of the five fold ministry gifts function differently but as a team concerning each word picture.

Again here are the 12 word pictures:

  1. Father and Child (what most call Father/Son)
  2. Husband and Wife
  3. Head and Body
  4. Vine and Branches
  5. Kings and Citizens
  6. Potter and Clay
  7. Vine-dresser and Vineyard
  8. Captain and Army
  9. Creator and Creature
  10. Prophet and People
  11. Shepherd and Sheep
  12. Priests and Worshipers

Today we will be talking about the last four word pictures. You can check out part 1 and 2 by clicking the title/links below.

Let’s conclude our study!

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Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 2 @RicardoEquips

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 2

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt 2

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 2
Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 2

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

By now I am pretty sure that you have sobered up or woken up from part 1.

In that article we talked about how does the each of the five fold ministry function or even apply to these four parables from the Scriptures:

  • Father and Child (what most call Father/Son)
  • Husband and Wife
  • Head and Body
  • Vine and Branches

Continuing on in our discovery or more functioning and application of the five fold ministry as a team of equippers, we will talk about truths that no one talks about according to these four relational illustrations:

  1. Kings and Citizens
  2. Potter and Clay
  3. Vine-dresser and Vineyard
  4. Captain and Army

So let’s not wait any longer!

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Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 1

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 1

Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 1
Five Fold Ministry Truths That No One Talks About Pt. 1

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

I’ve always wanted to know how the Five Fold Ministry functions according to certain parables that Christ gave concerning Himself and the Church or God the Father and the children of God.

There are many illustrations that are given and the Apostle Paul even shows how he functions as an apostle in those illustrations such:

  • The church is a family
  • The church is a field
  • The church is a building
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I generally hear these three the most, but what about the other many parables throughout the Scriptures that no one talks about concerning the function of the five fold ministry? I got these word pictures courtesy of the John Maxwell Leadership Bible (NKJV) from the section titled, “New Testament Pictures of a Leader”.

In this 4 part series we will discuss how the five fold ministry functions in these parables of relationships:

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Leading the Family of God from God’s Perspective

Leading the Family of God from God’s Perspective

Leading the Family of God from God's Perspective
Leading the Family of God from God’s Perspective

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

I want to start with the Word of God.

ALL Elders (Five Fold Ministers/Leaders) are Spiritual Parents, Not Just the Apostle

The Scriptures say,

“And when they had ORDAINED THEM ELDERS IN EVEY CHURCH and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ORDAIN ELDERS IN EVERY CITY, as I had appointed thee.” (Acts 14:23 & Titus 1:5).

“Rebuke not an ELDER, but ENTREAT [encourage] HIM AS A FATHER; and the younger men as brethren [brothers]; [ENTREAT or encourage] THE ELDER WOMEN AS MOTHERS; the younger as sisters, with all purity.” (1st Timothy 5:1-2).

“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write unto you, FATHERS [elders are fathers and mothers], because ye have known Him [the Father] that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, FATHERS, because ye have known Him [the Father] that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” (1st John 2:11-14).

“Honor thy father and thy mother [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers]: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Children, obey your PARENTS [elders are fathers and mothers; PARENTS] IN THE LORD: FOR [Gk: ‘BECAUSE’] THIS IS RIGHT. Honor thy father and mother [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers]; (which is the FIRST commandment WITH PROMISE;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers], provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up [train up a children] in the nurture and admonition of the Lord [in the WAY (Christ is the WAY) they should God and when they are old (spiritually mature, ELDERS) they will not depart from the Father].” (Matthew 19:19 & Ephesians 6:1-4).

Discipleship or Sonship?

Did you know that the words “disciple” or “disciples” are no longer used after the Book of Acts? The words are not used in the book of Romans in the New Testament/Covenant or any book after that. As a matter as fact the last time both words are used were written in the same verse.

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Five-Fold, Four-Fold, One-Fold, or Folding Under By Apostle Tim Early

Five-Fold, Four-Fold, One-Fold, or Folding Under

Five-Fold, Four-Fold, One-Fold, or Folding Under By Apostle Tim Early
Five-Fold, Four-Fold, One-Fold, or Folding Under By Apostle Tim Early

An imaginary conversation – but very real indeed

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The Student: “Hey, it’s really great to be a servant of the Lord! To serve and not trying to be seen, to give and not to selfishly get, to understand and not always trying to be understood, Wow! Being a servant of the Lord and one to another is rather cool, hey! Just living for Jesus!”

The Mentor: “Yes, I agree! But you’re not hitting first base unless you are a part of the five-fold ministry, you know, the CLUB!

The Student: “Five-fold ministry, ah … why … what’s that?”

The Mentor: Well you know, the 5-Fold Ministry is the only ministry in the church worth fighting over. It gives you titles, prestige, honor, and lots of rewards. In fact, you can get a pretty good salary being one of them if … you play all of your cards just right. And just think of the power and prestige you get when you are a Five-Fold Minister. Why, I think about it a lot!”

The Student: “Really!”

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