(Eph 4:11-12) “And they gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelist; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;”
The local church must understand that having the 5-fold ministry gifts in our midst is a blessing from God. Therefore, we should always appreciate those gifts. However, God didn’t release those gifts into the church for man/woman to look good. He released those gifts for three reasons according to the text: First the leader who operates in the 5-fold ministry must be prepared to perfect the saints: Thus, they should encourage the believers in their local assembly to live holy, and to grow up spiritually. They must be examples to the flock of what a real Christian is suppose to be; they must teach and live the truth of God’s word if they expect the believers in their local assembly to grow and become real Christians. Secondly, the 5-fold ministry leaders must prepare the believer to do the work of the ministry: Thus, they must teach them to evangelize and serve outside of the 4 walls of the church. They must be willing to share the good news and the love of Christ with someone other than whom they see at church on Sunday morning, hence there must be outreach. Finally, the gifts of the 5-fold ministry leader must prepare the believer to build up or edify the body of Christ. And to edify the body of Christ is a universal work. Thus, because Christ is everywhere there is never a time when we shouldn’t have something encouraging to say to a believer, even if it’s nothing but God loves you. God’s people need to hear an encouraging word, and who better to hear it from than someone who is serving the same Lord, and experiencing some of the same struggles. The role of the 5-fold ministry leader is not a light thing because this work flows from inside the walls of the church, through the community to the world at large and it’s never ending.
God Bless You.