The Apostolic Model
“I recently heard Apostle Barbara Yoder say, ‘The local church model gathers the community for a Sunday morning service. We have gauged success by how many we can gather. However, the Apostolic Center model sends the believer into the community.’ What a vast difference. The Apostolic Center model EMPOWERS the believer and sends them out to do the work of the ministry.” (Ken Malone)1
“And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12; BSB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Pray that the Lord will grant revelation to local church pastors that they can be equippers of their congregants!
Pray for those attending local churches that they would become dissatisfied with simply being taught the Word and would have a hunger to be equipped to go and serve Christ in their communities.
Intercede for the Church to desire to advance the Kingdom of God in their city.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, You taught us that church leadership is to equip the body of Christ for the work of service, not just to serve within a local congregation, but wherever You send us! Make us hungry, Lord, to be equipped. Help us want more than learning basic biblical principles on Sunday mornings on how to be a better Christian. We want to be equipped! Raise up the equipping apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists. Let us get out there in our communities and advance Your kingdom everywhere we go! In the name of Jesus. Amen.
The Church is moving from gathering Believers to equipping and sending them into the community!