Fivefold Ministries


Ephesians 4:7, 11-13

 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

“But to each of us…” It has been a traditional teaching that the fivefold ministries in this passage are five roles for leaders in the church. But that is not what the verse says. “To each one” refers to every member of the church, not just leaders. What the Bible says is that each one of us has received a portion of grace in one of five roles. That grace has come to us in the form of a call to be one of five types of people. There is no mention of leadership in this passage, so we can see that this not just for those who have been ordained or have been through seminary. The fivefold ministries in Ephesians 4 are for “Each of us”

So as a church, we encourage each person to know how God has gifted them, so we can encourage them to grow in that gifting. This test developed by Mike Breen at 3DM is a wonderful tool to help see what your gift is. We would love to speak to you after you have undertaken this test.

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