The beauty and benefit of the Apostle’s office includes a favored, promoted leader who is well-rounded, driven by vision and mission, energetic, charismatic, and spiritually gifted. Hence, an Apostle has favor like Joseph, and is picked, called, or chosen like Matthias. An Apostle organizes, structures, networks, travels, communicates, preaches, serves, and brings the supernatural to a specific part, place, or emphasis of the Body. Apostles also have a heart to train, impart, and equip.
The beauty and benefit of the Prophet’s office includes a mystic-like, sanctified person who sees, hears, and has connections and feelings that are absolutely spiritual. The prophet receives information from Heaven in boundless ways that will sometimes defy logic and somewhat rebel against the laws of everything that is natural. The prophet is called to communicate heavy messages. Hence, a Prophet will often have a platform to preach and prophesy to many, whether through tv, radio, internet, books, conferences, or the such. Often times, prophets are also creatives, linked to music, writing, illustration or story-telling. Prophets are usually passionate for revival and holy fire. True prophets father younger prophets. Prophets regularly experience dreams, visions, encounters with the spirit realm and supernatural happenings. Prophets prophesy, confront, bless, pray, travel on assignment, war and love the Body.
The beauty and benefit of the Teacher’s office includes education and growth in the Body. Hence, teachers will yearn to get their discovered truths out to hungry hearts.
Teachers will sometimes correct errors. Teachers will encourage by bringing reinforcement from God’s Word.
Teachers love to see learning and progress and they are anointed to bring that to those who are humble, open, and stretchable. Teachers are hard workers and intelligent. Teachers are specialists in the Body and their ministry is quite necessary and palatable. Therefore, the teacher will sometimes reach a large audience or following.
The beauty and benefit of the Evangelist’s office is soul-winning. Thus, Evangelists are those who: A. Go to the world, and those who B. Call out to the Lost. Evangelist preach repentance and tell the truth. Evangelist are anointed for deliverance. Evangelist don’t fear devils or obstacles. Their mission is always clear and important. They are the active hands, feet, heart and voice of the Body of Christ extending the savior’s merciful kindness to lost souls. Evangelists are lovers of Christ and strive to bring Him His reward. Sometimes Evangelists are carriers of a strong gift and anointing of healing, or other spiritual gift, for the ultimate purpose of winning more souls.
The beauty and benefit of the Pastor’s office is shepherding and Discipleship. Thus, believers can grow and be cared for under the honored umbrella of Pastoral Leadership.
Pastors preach a lot of sermons on a regular basis. This requires a lot of prayer, reading, and studying.
Usually, it is a Pastor that marries or buries a believer. If someone wants to be married in a church, they will often reach out to their own Pastor. If the couple doesn’t attend church, they will probably reach out to a Pastor with some connection to their family. The process is usually similar when searching for someone to conduct a funeral.
Pastors also perform other important functions such as communion, water baptism and baby dedications.
Furthermore, Pastors are also known to visit folks in hospitals, or at their home. Pastors give their lives to humbly, yet gladly, serve a local congregation of believers.
Pastors do their best to care for, pray for, and serve their community.
And, unfortunately, Pastors are under-appreciated today. Nevertheless, when they are functioning well… they keep on nurturing and developing believers. And, they keep on encouraging others pieces of the body. They appoint, equip, and utilize teachers. They employ and value Evangelists. They cheer for and learn from Prophets. They submit to and assist Apostles. The benefit of Pastors is: among everything else that they contribute… they can be incredible team players.