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PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING - Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set
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We are not a One Man Band!
A Study of Church Ministry in General 
 
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Problems With the Traditional System
 
1)               Not one New Testament Example (48 “churches” mentioned) that had the traditional “pastor” or one man over it.
2)             Not one example in the New Testament of one man ever being addressed by the title “Pastor”.
3)             Nowhere in the New Testament is it seen that a Pastor has to be head of the “local church”
 
New Testament System
 
1)   Every local church in the Acts & Epistles had the ministry of elders. “Church” = singular & “Elders” plural. Elders together shepherded the flock.
 
Acts 20 (King James Version)
 
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
 
And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
 
Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
 
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
 
 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
 
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
 
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
 
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
 
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
 
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
 
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
 
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
 
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
 
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
 
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
 
I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
 
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
 
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
 
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
 
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
 
Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
 
1 Peter 5 (King James Version)
 
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
 
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
 
Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
 
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
 
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
 
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
 
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
 
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
 
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
 
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
 
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 
 
2)   Elders work closely with the Apostles who in turn will work closely with the Prophets who in turn bring the conditions for the Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists to operate
 
Acts 15:1-35 (King James Version) Activities underlined
 
And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
 
When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
 
And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
 
And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
 
But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
 
And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
 
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
 
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
 
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
 
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
 
But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
 
Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
 
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
 
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
 
And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
 
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
 
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
 
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
 
Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
 
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
 
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
 
Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
 
And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.
 
 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
 
It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
 
Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
 
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
 
That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
 
So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
 
Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
 
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
 
And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
 
Not withstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
 
Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.
 
3)              
Other Examples of the Apostles to Elders Operation
 
Acts 2: It was the Apostles (Peter & others) who started it!
 
Ephesians 2:
 
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
 
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
 
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
 
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
 
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
 
Foundation Building has not been withdrawn
 
1 Peter 2 (King James Version)
 
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
 
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
 
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
 
To whom coming, as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
 
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
 
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
 
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
 
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
 
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
 
Has the New Testament Model been withdrawn?
 
And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
 
And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
 
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
 
And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
   
Did the Apostle Paul charge the elders to oversee the flock?
 
Acts 20:17-37 (King James Version)
 
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
 
And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
 
Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
 
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
 
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
 
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
 
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
 
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
 
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
 
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
 
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
 
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
 
(Under the “Pastor” syndrome – beware of self appointed men rather then men appointed by Apostles)
 
They will make comments like “our Pastor this”, “our Pastor that” – the true elder – the true minister emphasizes the pre-eminence of Christ
 
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
 
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
 
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
 
I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
 
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
 
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
 
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
 
And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
 
Apostles write to elders
 
Philippians 1 (King James Version)
 
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
 
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
In Ephesus Paul wrote to Timothy over the qualifications, Ordination of elders and appointment of deacons: I & II Timothy
 
In Crete Paul wrote to Titus concerning the appointment of elders in every city
 Five Fold works with the elders – not the one man self appointed person
 
Ephesians 4 (King James Version)
 
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  
 
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  
 
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  
 
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  
 
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  
 
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  
 
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  
 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; 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:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  
 
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  
 
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  
 
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  
 
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  
 
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  
 
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  But ye have not so learned Christ; 
 
 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  
 
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  
 
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  
 
Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  
 
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  
 
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  
 
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  
 
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
 
 
Remember: the fivefold ministry gifts
are ultimately not titles but activities.
Matthew D. Green.
 
Galatians 2:20 (King James Version)
 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
 
 
An Apostle
 
Longs to take the Gospel out and establish Church in unreached areas
Possesses a gift for recruiting, networking and mobilizing leaders for evangelism, discipleship, and community transformation

Seeks to be innovative and creative in approach bringing the Gospel to unreached people

Possesses humility and balance in leadership that causes others to look for apostolic guidance and spiritual mentoring

Sometimes feels dissatisfied with what is perceived as institutionalism and rigidness in Church organizational structures
 
 
A Prophet
 
Possesses a concern for justice and righteousness, which brings a prompting to speak on behalf of God and the expectations of His Word

Engages in intercessory prayer sensing strategy for spiritual warfare that could not have come through human rationality

Possesses an uncanny boldness and sensitivity for communicating corrective messages to God’s people, both corporately and personally

Is zealous when God’s name is misrepresented by the Church or other Christians

Often experiences spiritual direction and promptings with information not humanly gained
 
 
An Evangelist
 
Explores unique strategies for sharing the Gospel with unbelievers

Possesses a burning passion to see souls brought into the Kingdom

Experiences ongoing grief and sadness when considering the plight of the lost

Is known by other Christians for boldness in communicating the Gospel

Is dissatisfied and irritated when in a Church setting where sinners are known to be present and the Gospel is ineffectively or inadequately presented
 
 
A Pastor
 
Is often sought out by those seeking advice, prayer and spiritual direction

Feels concern for the nurture and shepherding of fellow believers

Works to protect fellow believers from false teaching and destructive leadership patterns

Is considered patient and longsuffering with the faults and inadequacies of others

Takes responsibility for the spiritual maturity and growth of fellow believers
 
 
A Teacher
 
Is systematic in an approach to studying and communicating concepts seeking to discover truths of application in biblical principles

Is passionate in studying scripture, enjoying research and communicating discovered information and principles

Is able to distil complex concepts into easily understood ideas that resonate with hearers

Becomes dissatisfied and irritated when shallow or heretical preaching or teaching is heard

Longs study to have a result to enable the teaching to be authentic in word and deed.
 
 
Taken from Matthew Green. Understanding the Fivefold Ministry. P. 195-198 Charisma House 2005
 
Please be aware of the "One Pastor -
One Minister over a Congregation syndrome".
It brings hurts, mistrusts and heartache.