"Equipping Apostolic Leaders on how to mobilize the Royal Priesthood to be Five Fold Ministry Leaders!"
Now it’s time for you to step out and outreach. There is a time of “tarrying” before “going”. At this point you will take all that you have learned and use it to draw glory to God, present the Kingdom, teach people about Christ, and bring them into the fold.
It’s been a few months since I’ve written on the blog. I’ve been resting with health and heart issues, if you didn’t know. But now I am back with my first article in months.
Thank you to all who prayed for me, supported me, still continued to check in on me, and those who also still continued to buy books from me from our bookstore.
Many churches are not equipping their churches on how to reach people with the Gospel of the Kingdom. Their evangelism strategy is not really a strategy at all. It’s simply the pastor or leading minister encouraging their congregation to invite people to the church so they may hear the preach “preach the Gospel” through some sort of altar call.
I believe the way to best reach our local communities is by discipling God’s people in their identity in Christ that they are Kingdom Ambassadors and in their understanding of what the Kingdom is. This also includes diving into the Scriptures to see how God used His ministers to reach those whose hearts were already prepared.
So here are 14 truths about the five fold ministry that no one seems to address in its fullness. It’s not like each of these truths have never been mentioned before, but no one has covered it in it’s fullness. We only get the parts that people favor as truths over another. It limits what God is downloading into the believer’s understanding of who He is and the potential of each believer.
Understanding Scriptural verses that speak on the Apostles perfecting, building, maturing, and equipping together the people of God to function as a united dwelling place of God along with Jesus saying that we would bear fruit that remain and also Genesis referencing that we reproduce fruit after our likeness and kind giving birth to the truth of bringing forth Apostolic People in the Lord through planting the seed of the Gospel of the Kingdom in their hearts and mind by the Spirit. (Say that three times fast!)
These new creation, Kingdom citizens, and eternal sons and daughters of God are called for one calling with multiple operations (works), administrations (ministries), and expressions (gifts) of the anointing and characteristics (DNA) of the Father as an assembled nation and royal priesthood given to wherever location in which they are planted of the Lord.
There are multiple ways to connect and relate to the people in your daily lives and there is much teaching out there on how to do this.
I want to show you the way that I do it, as I have learned it, and seen Jesus and many of His leaders in the Scriptures do it as well. After all Jesus professed,
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19).
So I’m telling you this straight. I can’t independently do a thing, only what I see Christ doing. What Christ does, I can do and will do. Jesus loves me and includes me in everything He is doing. So let’s see how Christ, the (Chief) Apostle and High Priest of our profession did it and we will define these groups in at each section and how to best relate to them as an apostle.
What I mean by “Apostolic Captive” is a person who was once a captive and a prisoner of war by satan and the kingdom of darkness through the world systems used to govern the flesh to sin.
Then this same person, Jesus Christ came to die for; is redeemed and captured to become a captive of the Kingdom of God who then is matured, equipped, empowered by the Holy Spirit and is sent back out to capture more people, co-laboring with God to deliver these prisoners of war who are trapped in satan’s concentration camps of sin.
Here are some Scriptures to show these various dynamics of a prisoner of war or captive:
“Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE: Thou hast received gifts [apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists] FOR men [ALL mankind]; yea [YES, even …], FOR THE REBELLIOUS ALSO, that the LORD God might dwell among them.” (Psalms 68:18).
“Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE, and gave gifts [FIVE GIFTS] unto men [humanity, mankind]. And He gave some, [gifts of] apostles; and some, [gifts of] prophets; and some, [gifts of] evangelists; and some, [gifts of] pastors and [gifts of] teachers.” (Ephesians 4:8, 11).
Evangelism Explosion’s prison ministry is just that; I trained level 1 and level 2 evangelists. Level 1 you learn how to present the Gospel effectively and on level 2 you learn how to train more evangelists. On level 3 you deal more in apologetics and handling the harder questions and objections people have of the Christian faith.
Classic EE on the other hand is the program where you go from church to church helping local congregations develop their evangelism strategy. And if they didn’t have one I could come in their and train them in the whole Evangelism Explosion 12 week curriculum.
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By Apostle Ricardo Butler
Hi, my name is Ricardo Butler and I am passionate about being a different kind of leaders and to equip leaders to be different as light, salt, humble, loving wise servant leaders who are strategic, creative, artistic, innovative, entrepreneurial, and cutting edge problem solving spiritual parents in our homes, ministries, the marketplace, and in our measures of rule!
The house of God is in great lack of spiritual parents. While serving as an elder/leader is good and being a godly five fold equipping ministry leader is great, but God wants us to take it a step further.
He wants us to not only lead and feed; He wants us to parent His children with the same heart after His own into maturity to reproduce God’s heart, mind, and power into others.
Urban Apostles’ Network is a new Five Fold Ministry Equipping Team. It is birth for the purpose of training the Royal Priesthood of the Believers how to be leaders so that they may equip more leaders to mobilize globally for Kingdom Influence locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
There are 7 phases that the Lord wants to lead us through and those phases are: