Uncategorized The Five Equippers of Churches- JR Woodward Written by Missio Alliance on November 6, 2013 More by Missio Alliance Christendom is Crumbling and It’s Not Pretty: A True Story of Christian Persecution of Christians 38 Resources to Help Your Church Start Discussing Race Today N.T Wright on Satan and Spiritual Warfare This Is What A Leader Looks Like By commenting below, you agree to abide by the Missio Alliance Comment Policy. Read the Comment Policy × Missio Alliance Comment Policy The Missio Alliance Writing Collectives exist as a ministry of writing to resource theological practitioners for mission. From our Leading Voices to our regular Writing Team and those invited to publish with us as Community Voices, we are creating a space for thoughtful engagement of critical issues and questions facing the North American Church in God’s mission. 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In view of those suggestions for shaping conversation on our site and in an effort to curate a hospitable space of open conversation, Missio Alliance may delete comments and/or ban users who show no regard for constructive engagement, especially those whose comments are easily construed as trolling, threatening, or abusive. Close 3 responses to “The Five Equippers of Churches- JR Woodward” Am I allowed to question your explanation of what an Apostle is? Question: Why are we stuck with C16th KJV terminology that no-one outside of church culture would use, and that we wouldn’t use in our translations if the Bible was discovered today? It makes us look and sound like religious ‘wierdo’s! The word means ‘Sent.’ Not sure what term we should now use if any, the function is more important than the word. Observations: a) If you agree that there are more Apostles than the 12 original scripture writing eye-witnesses, then they are people (Biblically men AND women) who travel around starting church communities in unchurched areas, and then grow them to independent disciple making maturity, while not drawing finance or salary from the church communities they serve. b) Maybe it’s a question of terminology/vocab, but I didn’t recognise the Biblical roots of this definition. c) I would also observe that where the role ‘Apostle’ is named today, it’s often locked into a regional church hierarchical structure, more than living out the NT role. Thanks, Jez Reply Jez at unhappyhippy Hey Jez, I agree that sometimes the terms seem archaic, which is one of the reasons I give each of the five-fold nicknames, like dream awakener (apostle), heart revealer (prophet) , story teller (evangelist), soul healer (pastor) and light giver (teacher). While there were the 12 (A)postles, there were also other apostles, both men and women mentioned in the New Testament, people Andronicus and Junia (Rom. 16:7), Paul and Apollos ( I Cor. 4:1-13), Paul, The Lord’s brothers (I Cor. 9), Titus (2 Cor. 8:23), James (Gal. 1:19), All the Apostless – different from the 12 (I Cor. 15:5,7). Here is a link of a further definition of apostles: http://jrwoodward.net/equippers/apostle/ Hope that is helpful. Thanks for your words. JR Woodward Reply dreamawakener Jez at unhappyhippy http://jrwoodward.net/equippers/apostle/ Good article Would you not say that the Biblical root still has an intrinsic sense of itinerant establishing and nurturing new discipling communities, rather than serving mature established churches? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.