Liverpool Mission Academy PP100Preaching and the ‘Five-Fold Ministry’ Modes www.preachersforum.org
Learning Outcomes1. Articulate the basic components that distinguish the so-called ‘fivefold ministries.’2. Critically evaluate some of the driving forces that each of the fivefold ministry leadership types might bring to their preaching content and ethos.
Agree/Disagree:Are there variousforces that mightdrive the way inwhich a personpreaches?
Personality & Preaching For example, might your preaching styles be impacted if your personality tends to be…• More extroverted than introverted?• More analytical than emotive?• More emotive than analytical?• More sensing than intuitive?• More perceiving than judging?
Leadership & PreachingDo the ‘fivefold ministries’ identified by Paul in Ephesians 4.11-12 reflect a variety of leadership styles?Do these missional leadership styles have potential impact upon preaching forms?
If thesecharacterizationsfit a wide variety ofmissional leadershipstyles, how might eachof these categorizationsbe driven to packagescriptural messagesin ways that are true totheir gifting?
Apostles• ‘One who is sent’ (αποστελλω), Gal. 2.8• A strategic planter who works with teams• Entrepreneurs and risk- takers• Often frustrated with the ‘status quo’ in churches• This gift may be lacking in preaching lists in many mainstream churches
Prophets• OT – ‘messengers of Yahweh’ ( נְבִיאnavi)• NT – ‘advocate’ (προφήτης profétés)• One who questions and challenges the status quo; at times can be confrontational• Seek to convict, equip and encourage believers with a word from God• May be viewed as a threat by leadership and congregation alike
Evangelists• Those who bring ‘the good news’ (ευαγγελιον)• Those who seek to recruit and build• Passionate to ‘win people for Christ’• Preaching through lifestyle as well as words• Can often be frustrated with the lack of growth by conversion in churches
Pastors• NT – ‘shepherd’ (ποιµην)• Often thought of as ‘paid professionals’ who maintain the status quo• Many in churches have pastoral gifts being un- utilized or under-utilized• Those who humanize and care for the flock• Preaching can address pastoral concerns or issues facing the church
Teachers• Cultivates, organizes and explains difficult concepts• Passion for learning and seeing others learn• Can systematize complexity• Helps people to grow in their understanding of the faith
Conclusions• Can you identify your particular leadership gift as listed above?• What sorts of preaching styles might the differing leadership gifts tend to gravitate toward?• What types of preaching styles might best describe your gift set and why?• Are you free to express your particular gift set in your current preaching context or is it being stifled?• Why might this be and what steps can you take in order to change the situation?• How could a church encourage and foster all 5 gift sets? (Adapted from class notes written by Rev. Dan Yarnell & Rev Dr Andy Hardy, Springdale College, England)