The Work of the Apostle

The work of the apostle (this information is provided for foundation):

  • The original apostles (“living stones”), when laid upon Christ (“the Chief Cornerstone”) provided the “first course” in the building (cf. 1Pe 2:5,6)
  • Apostles provide oversight of the deacon’s office of service. Paul became an apostle even after the 11 chose a replacement for Judas, at which time there were then 13 apostles.
  • Apostles are added to the Church as men embraced their calling in God.
  • Ecclesiastical orders do not bestow the bishop-prick or apostle-ship, they only embrace that which God has already commissioned in the life of an obedient disciple.
  • Even the Apostle Paul had to “submit” himself to a man named Ananias, indicating that Ananias was a “discipler of men”.
  • The apostle is equivalent in office and administration as the bishop.
  • The senior pastor in a congregation should be a bishop/apostle.

In the event that there are mission works (groups of people) pastored by deacons, then these deacon-pastors should be provided apostolic leadership. The tutelage of a bishop should develop the local deacon-pastor to also become a discipler of developing deacons in their respective groups or mission works.

  1. The primary responsibility of the bishop/apostle is to provide the Word of God with “power and demonstration” to those for which they are responsible. Secondarily they are to provide pastoral guidance to their deacons.
  2. The contemporary model for the pastor will often have a senior pastor spend more time on the phone, visiting the sick, or even calling on sulking church members than they do studying the Word. This only happens when there is no active Deacon Ministry in the congregation. The design of the New Testament Church provides “Care Ministry” through the work of deacons (pastors).
  3. The bishop/apostle of a New Testament Church disciples deacons who, in turn, provide ministry to a community, their immediate area, and to the world.

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