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Seven Models of Apostolic Teams

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Seven Models of Apostolic Teams

Much of the spiritual action in the Bible comes from the work of apostolic-prophetic teams. I have found seven types of apostolic teams which may serve as models for us today.

  1. Band of Evangelists – Yeshua’s original group of twelve did not so much prophesy or start congregations. They shared the Gospel (and healed the sick). This was true of the group of apostles under Simeon Peter’s leadership as we find in Acts 1 – 12. Jews for Jesus gives us a picture of multiplying evangelistic teams.
  2. Band of Prophets – In ancient Israel prophets such as Samuel, Elijah and Elisha led bands of younger “student” prophets (I Samuel 10:5). The early team of apostles began by praying and prophesying together (Acts 1:14, 2:17). It is likely that a group of young visionaries attached themselves to John, who became his prophetic band. IHOP-KC has been a source for other prayer houses around the world.
  3. Mother Congregation – In Acts 13 there were teachers and prophets in the Antioch congregation. They sent out Paul (Shaul) and Barnabas. They became the support base for Paul’s team and others. The congregation in Jerusalem was the mother of all apostolic base congregations. Beth Yeshua (Philadelphia) and Tents of Mercy (Haifa) are examples of Messianic congregations which have multiplied into others.
  4. Training School – In Acts 19, we see Paul teaching every day at the school of Tiranus. The school was more than just a teaching center. The teaching format provided a base for spreading the message of the kingdom of God across the entire area of Asia Minor (Acts 19:10). Modern day Bible schools, such as YWAM, CFNI, Gateways, ICOB and MJBI are apostolic centers for extending the kingdom.
  5. Paul’s Staff – A group of people began to gather around Paul as a support team. Some of them were leaders in training, some assistant apostles to Paul, others were helpers, secretaries, organizers, etc. Titus became an apostle in Pauls’ place. Gaius copied Paul’s letters. They served as the staff of a congregational planting team. For twelve years, the Revive Israel team has operated according to this model.
  6. Five-fold Ministry – As Paul’s team grew from being primarily his staff to being leaders in their own right, there emerged the patter of an apostolic leadership team made up of 5 different kinds of callings. Ephesians 4:11 describes these as, “apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.” We are delighted to see much of our staff at Revive Israel becoming Ephesians 4 level leaders in their own right.
  7. Senior Advisory Council – In Acts 15 several senior leaders, including Peter, Paul and Jacob, gathered together to forge strategy, set policy and settle disputes. There was not one “pope” but rather a group of leaders in mutual submission, dialogue, and prayer. We have this type of relationship in our senior advisory team at Tikkun International, with Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, Paul Wilbur and David Rudolph.

May these biblical models help us bear more fruit as we seek to serve the Lord in this generation!

By | 2016-11-03T15:28:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Biblical Teaching, Blog|1 Comment

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  1. drrcmoran November 8, 2016 at 03:57

    I find these models of apostolic leadership to be biblical and meeting a specific need following God’s ordained way. As useful and vital as these are, I think we also have to maintain a fluidity to how God moves through his many membered body. The scriptures state that upon the martyrdom of Stephen “a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria…Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (Acts 12:1, 4). This new operation of God appears more ad hoc totally guided by the Holy Spirit and it was also effective in extending the gospel in many places. Reflecting on church history one can see what happens when there is a structure set in place that is not open to novel ways or other ways God may decide to do something. The apostles were godly and humble and they began to see how they may have to adjust to God’s ever changing ever moving ways, thus the Jerusalem council in Acts 13. I think that as the end times becomes more of the end-times, God will again be moving in a sovereign and somewhat unpredictable way. At that time the best the apostolic leadership can do is to go along and provide leadership that is faith filled, bold, humble, and totally yielded to God’s divine intervention in the earth and through each member in the Body of Christ. The end time visitation of all times for bringing the closing of the Harvest will be that of everyday believers who will move in apostolic authority and power. I am grateful for the apostolic leadership your team is providing the messianic movement and the Church. I want to suggest if you would consider putting your book “Israel, the Church and the Last Days” in an audio book format. Having it like that could increase how many believers and messianics will be able to hear the teaching you and Dan Juster are putting forth. It is a powerful book, to be sure. Shalom, and blessings in Yeshua!

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