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7 Mindset Options for Five Fold Ministry Leaders to Consider

7 Mindset Options for Five Fold Ministry Leaders to Consider

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

There are seven mindsets that every five fold minister must deal with concerning himself and those whom he/she is called to minister to.

Whether you are an Apostle breaking into a new culture, or a Prophet bringing the Word of the Lord to nations, a Teacher discipling believers up in the Lord, or a Pastor feeding the flock with the milk of the Word, or an Evangelist out in the streets bring the Gospel of the Kingdom you will have to deal with these 7 types of mindsets.

This is why Christ’s FIRST command is REPENT, which means “to think differently or afterwards, i.e. to reconsider, change your thinking, and to renew your mind.”

To “repent” simply means to change your mindset or perception or you’re your understanding about something and think about it the way God wants you to see it—from His perspective.

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Developing Others More than Self Promotion

Developing Others More than Self Promotion

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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From the Book, “From Visitation to Habitation”, The New Jerusalem is YOU! By Apostle Tim Early

From the Book, “From Visitation to Habitation, The New Jerusalem is YOU!”
By Tim and Theresa Early
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Apostle Tim Early

Revelation Chapter 21

1. The new heaven and the new earth is connected to the principle of 2 Peter 3:10. Here, the elements are burning with fervent heat. The elements here is the elementary foundation of men, whom, in Proverbs 1:22 love simplicity. Such mindset is outer court bound, and refuses to advance beyond adolescence into adulthood. The old heaven and earth is not merely the physical substance that we behold with our natural eyes, but it is the way we perceive with our heart & mind. For the passing away of the old is a way of thinking, first!

This truth further reveals that God is a consuming fire as recorded in Hebrews 12:26-29. This restoration by fire carries both the restorations back to His purpose through a divine process. This fire here is a purifying fire, a fire that changes one into another form. Like the fire upon the believers in Acts 2, so is there a consuming fire to purify us unto His glory. The fire will try old order concepts about God, heaven, hell, eternity, etc.
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Change of Season Regardless of the Current Temperatures we are Experiencing By Apostle Tim Early

Change of Season Regardless of the Current Temperatures we are Experiencing By Apostle Tim Early

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By Dr. Tim Early

 

Beloved, “It’s a New Season,” {Your New Season, your appointed time, Your New Year begins with a NEW YOU …} regardless of the current temperatures you are now experiencing. {Ecclesiastes 3} …

For some it may appear to be frigid cold weather while entering the {Spiritual} Spring season, and to others it may appear to be unseasonably warmer weather for the beginning of their apparent Winter.

But truth is, the weather, though unseasonably warm or blizzard cold does not negate the simple yet profound truth that your expected season of the Lord is ALREADY HERE, and your CHANGE is COME. No weather conditions can forfeit or delay your destiny and God’s design for your LIFE. No changes in the temperature will change your appointed season.

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A Parable from the US Army on How to Hear God

A Parable from the US Army on How to Hear God

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

(I served in the US Army at my last duty station of Fort Polk, Louisiana with Dining Facility Headquarters and Headquarters Troops, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armor Calvary Regiment from 1998 to 2001 – “Always Forward”)

There are two main principles of hearing God. I am going to use an illustration or teach you the way Christ would; with a parable. In the army we have what we call …

  1. General Orders
  2. Specific Instructions (also called Special Orders)

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Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron Schwartz

Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Now before you read this guest post, there are elements of this article that I do not agree with and much of it that I do agree with. Out of respect for brother Ron Schwartz and my personal understanding of the overall message I have left his whole article intact. I did not seek to “edit it” according to my personal beliefs and what I teach concerning the five fold ministry.

I believe many (including those who are five fold ministers) have a lack of understanding of what the purpose of the five fold ministry is given to the church for. I DO, however, understand that what many (leaders and body members) have done with the five fold ministry is create another layer of clergy and laity. I personally don’t believe the five fold ministry is given to “just leaders”, I personal have taught that the every member of the Body of Christ has at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts.

The whole purpose of THIS blog and website is to equip EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY in at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts. My mission on this blog has always been that you would learn how to identify one with the calling to be one of God’s servant leaders. And remember this: all of these leaders are SERVANTS OF GOD FIRST and leaders in the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God SECOND!

Here are the different types of leadership callings within the Five Fold Ministry. The Five Fold Ministry is given to the Body of Christ universally, globally or worldwide. That means that they can function anywhere in the world as the Lord leads and as He expands their sphere of influence. They can also, as the Scriptures, says move “from house to house [what many call house churches] (Acts 2:46; 5:42), and this movement and travel can be all over the world. These ministers are listed in Ephesians 4:11 & 1st Corinthians 12:28 as well as other places through out the Word of God and are given in divine order (determined by grace, greatest responsibility, anointing, fruit, etc):

  1. Apostles
  2. Prophets
  3. Teachers
  4. Evangelists
  5. Pastors

I personally believe that though “Not all [are] Apostles. Not all [are] prophets, Not all [are] teachers …” (1 Cor. 12:29) in the sense that not all in the church HOLD THE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY, I DO believe that “… EVERY ONE OF US [EVERY MEMBER IN THE BODY of Christ] is given grace [a gift–at least ONE five-fold gift] according to THE MEASURE of the gift of Christ” and “… gave gifts unto men [ALL humanity] (Eph. 4:7-8). Basically, brother Ron and I have the same goal to replace the system, but from another angle. I seek to displace clergy and laity by birthing the royal priesthood of all believers actively ministering in a five fold gift. Ron seeks to displace the system by destroying it all together.

So that is MY personal stand before you read this article. My mission is to basically crush the clergy laity system by equipping all the members of the Body of Christ to lead as a nation of kings, priest, judges, lords, and saviors under the KING, PRIEST, JUDGE, LORD, AND SAVIOR of the Body and World!

That’s my mandate and I’m sticking to it. Enjoy Ron’s article. – Ricardo Butler

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Originally Published October 5, 2008

By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Where are the real Christians? In the wake of the Lakeland movement, it is apparent that Christians obviously do not understand what real Christianity is.

Everyone has friends who are part of institutional churches. Everyone can point to at least one Catholic, protestant denominational, or independent church friend who loves God. In fact, there seems to be no difference between many of those in institutional churches and those who are not. There are Christians in institutional and non-institutional churches who have strong faith, know their scriptures, raise godly children, live godly and productive lives, give time and money to charitable causes, and above all, love God. Consequently, at times it can be quite confusing to discern why the institutional church system is wrong. Perhaps we are simply making much ado about nothing …

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EPISODE 053 – Becoming God’s Image of a Leader [PODCAST]

EPISODE 053 – Becoming God’s Image of a Leader [PODCAST]

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

In this weeks podcast, I continue a bit from last weeks podcast called, “EPISODE 52 – A Leader’s Words Hold Stricter Judgment [PODCAST]” as this is the second message in a four part series, though they are not all titled the same.

Because the timing was perfect and it fit the overall message, I am actually going to read the whole first chapter of my newest, most controversial, and upcoming book titled, Done Unto His Image: The TRUE Keys of the Kingdom. This book is about how we treat other people and ourselves in reference to Jesus and how it can impact Jesus’ judgment upon you.

THIS IS PART 2 OF A 4 PART SERIES!

STUDY, UNDERSTAND, & APPLY …

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:24-31, KJV).

“God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.””
(Genesis 1:26-28, The Message).

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