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Purpose of five-fold ministries

Updated on September 9, 2019


Why is the five fold ministry needed in the Body of Christ? Most of the believers are ignorant of the five fold ministry. This five fold ministry is necessary in the body of Christ to accomplish the plan of God inside the church, and through the church.

"And he gave some Apostles : and some Prophets ; and some Evangelists ; 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 to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the son of god unto a perfect man, until the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" Eph 4:11-13

Five fold ministry exists in the Body to fulfill the three major purposes

  1. Perfection of the saints
  2. Work of the ministry
  3. Edifying of the Body of Christ

Church is expected to be perfect as the Heavenly Father is Perfect
Church is expected to be perfect as the Heavenly Father is Perfect | Source

God's objective for the Church is the perfection that will reflect the full measure of Stature of Christ in all respects

Perfection of the saints:

"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blemish". .Eph 5: 27

Perfection of the Body is progressive. God perfects the saints in the body of Christ through the five fold ministries. To attain the perfection in our personal lives, and in our ministry, we all have to expose ourselves to these five ministries. Why should we be content in our perfection? Why should we do imperfect ministries? We have neglected the five-fold ministry enough in our churches. Unless we expose ourselves to these five ministries we cannot reach the perfection of Christ. Even the ministers should expose themselves to the five fold ministry for their perfection. The church will become a corporate perfect man with the full measure of the stature of Christ through the five-fold ministry.

All believers have the responsibility and freedom to receive the perfection through Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, pastors and teachers. The perfection of every saint affects the perfection of the whole Body of Christ. To construct a building, different kinds of tradesmen work together; until unless all workers involve in the work, the building will be imperfect. "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection........ " Heb 6:1

The Church needs the five classes of gifted

persons - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists,

Shepherds and Teachers to train the saints for the ministry.

The New Testament Ministry,according to the plan of God, is a team ministry -- not a one-man show.

Work of the Ministry

The work of the ministry is not only evangelism but it includes all kinds of ministry that God has placed in the church. The Church needs the five classes of gifted persons - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers to train the saints for the ministry.

A local church may be successful in evangelism without having the five-fold ministry: but the believers of that church cannot be equipped for specific ministry. If there is no Apostle in a Local church. How can anyone, who got the calling for Apostolic Ministry, be trained for that ministry? Every local church is supposed to be the training center for the saints.

Do we acknowledge the five-fold ministry in our local churches? Where are the Apostles, prophets, Evangelists and Teachers in our churches? See the first-century local churches. "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain Prophets and Teachers: as Barnabas and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought within Herod the tetrarch, and saul. "Acts 13:1. There were five prophets and Teachers in Antioch church. What about our churches? Paul wrote to Corinthians. Church, "let the PROPHETS speak two or three, and let the other judge" 1 Cor 14:29 which reveals that there were more than three prophets in that church.

New Testament Ministry is not one man ministry. It is a corporate ministry. When the Five-Fold ministry is harmoniously operative, all the saints will be trained and equipped to do what God wants them.

Edification Means Building or Improving Others

The Church of Christ needs continuous edification
The Church of Christ needs continuous edification | Source

These five ministry gifts are given by God to edify the Church

Edifying of the body of Christ

Edifying means building up. Through the five fold ministry, Holy spirit builds up the whole body of Christ, which is unique and universal.

The universal body of Christ is not a human organization, nor it is a domination; but it is an organism, which is being built up for the lord. All the local churches are members of the universal body of Christ. To build his body, Christ Jesus uses the five fold ministry.

God supplies balanced food through these five gifted persons to all saints. Perhaps, the body of the Lord is to be nournisned by the balanced food just like our physical body.

Do we get the spiritual nourishment through the five-old ministry?

Most of us receive only one kind of nourishment from one-man ministry which affects our spiritual growth so much. Many are overdosed by one man ministry. But the Lord nourishes and cherishes His body through the five fold ministry (Eph 5:29) Don't we have the right to receive the Full Nourishment from the HEAD (Jesus Christ) through the five-fold ministry?

God wants that we may grow up into Jesus Christ in ALL THINGS (Eph 4:15) yes, we have to grow up into the fullness of Christ and this is possible when we expose our self to the five fold ministry.

Function of the every member in the Body is also important for the corporate building up of the universal church. "Out from whom all the Body, fitted and knit together through every joint of the supply according to the operation in measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the iiding up of itself in love" Eph 4: 16 (Recovery Version)

It is God's plan that the Church must grow into A PERFECT MAN -- unto the Measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:13. Building up of the Church is more important than its numerical expansion.

The whole structure of the New Testament ministry is based on the five fold ministry. Let us encourage the five fold ministry in our local churches. Let the five fold ministry be restored in our churches.

How long the Body of Christ needs this five fold ministry? "Until we all arrive at the oneness of faith and of the full knowledge of the son of God, at a full grown man; at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" Eph 4:13

"Lord, Raise Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in our Local churches."

Revival must be our persistent cry from the heart.


Revival is on the way

You can also read my hub on the need of revival in the house of God. The cleansed house of God will be filled with his awesome presence and the glory of God. Then Shall the Lord alone be the king .


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    • newjerusalem profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from India


      Thanks for your valuable comment on this hub.

      The apprehension of this subject is very less in the local churches.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful explanation about the five fold ministries. You make it very clear that local churches need all five elements to make a fully functioning and serving church.

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      5 years ago

      Add Your Comment...birra , I appreciate the five fold ministry mission

      God bless you!

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      Roger Goka 

      5 years ago

      Thank you soo much Man of God. You have blessed me

    • newjerusalem profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      If we practice the fivefold ministry with the leading of the Holy Spirit and under the Headship of Christ,the abuse of these ministries can be avoided



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      mark antoni 

      7 years ago

      Hello to all brothers and sisters around the world, peace to you all in Jesus name.The Lord has been revealing to me over the last 8 years ,through his word about the 5 fold ministry.This is the first time I have written my thoughts down and shared them.

      It started with the thought of a baby in the womb its parallel being the church.The head being approx 2/3 of the baby.The head is very important.The bible states that the husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church

      Before we move on this is very important to understand.(working in parallel)

      The husband-own head The wife-own head

      Christ -own head Church-own head

      Back to the baby, the 5 fold ministry is represented in the 5 senses( in parallel again)

      Seeing - eyes -seeing the vision - apostolic

      Hearing - ears -hearing the voice of God - prophetic

      Smelling - nose -God putting hooks into and drawing people

      - and for us to be a sweet smell -evangelist

      Tasting - mouth - taste and see that the Lord is good -teacher

      - talking

      Feelings - whole body, if you injure your small toe it affects

      your whole body and you need to repair that part -pastor

      before you can proceed

      back to the baby, if any of these senses are missing or not formed the end result can be very sad, in parallel again if any of the 5 fold ministries are lacking or not formed in the local church it can be very sad also.

      In saying that the husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church.

      The husband and wife are separate entities yet they should have the same mind in decisions made. With family, finances, directions etc.

      In parallel Christ and his church are separate entities yet we should have the same mind set. Through the Holy Spirit.

      I believe that every person born again, has a vital part in the body of Christ. If we allow the five fold ministry gifts to arise, through training, mentoring and accountability also submitting we would see more people realising their potential in Christ.

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      7 years ago

      Bless you.

      Am Rev. Joseph.

      I need to get some info on Apostolic ministry of the FIVE FOLD

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      7 years ago


      I have been promoting the five fold due to the impact it is to have on the church at this time. Yes I believe in sinless perfection, that is the full stature of Christ.

      Thought I was the last one left until I was told there were 7000 others that had not bowed the knee. I am not saying that everything else is idolitry, however we are not alone.

      I believe taht the feast of trumpets in now sounding, a call to come out of the world and compromise a call to sanctification or commitment to holines.

      There is a move world wide that is fully against holinesss and sanctification. Not sure I agree with spiritwatch as it is much easier to have one person at eh top of the tree or church who is not accountable and then to run amok.

      The five fold is to be set up as a council of elders being equals but different functions. In the body not above it in position, not closer to God, not more important. Yes with Gifts callings and authority but only in the area of the ascention gift so the guys must work together in mutual submission whilst also holding the others accountable and also working with the other ministries. The issue for a long time is that a prophet only tends to see things through the eyes of a prophet, and an apostle likewise and a pastor likewise and so we must validate the other ministries and try to work in sync with them.

      Difficult not really just not a model that sees me and my needs as the most important.

      Bro James if I may comment, don't worry about the current pastor centred government at the moment. The call is going out and those who have a heart after the Lord and his will, will be drawn into something much more glorious than we have ever seen before including the early church. the double portion is coming but like Elisha we shall have to leave our comfort and play mates and go out into the desert so to speak, to be 100% committed to his will not my will not your will not the pastors will but his will. if and when we get over jordan meaning death to the flesh then we get the mantlle with the double portion. The 50 sons of the prophets are a hinderence even though they have a supernatural understanding of what is about to happen, they do not know his will. Think on this.

      Kind regards Oskar

      Wishing you the best Oskar

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      rev rafael 

      7 years ago

      Five fold ministry can be easily abused, replicated at will by some very dangerous people. Be advised.

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      Bro James lucky 

      7 years ago

      Greetings: 5FOLD MINISTRY

      It is really frustrating that churches nowadays only have a pastor who is responsible in every day to day running of the church which is not in line with the word of God according to Eph 4:11.How can we correct this abnormality going on in our modern day church?

      thanks, James Lucky Ukpe (Nigeria)

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      I AM Global Ministry 

      8 years ago

      Greeting; To the Five Fold Ministry

      We urge you to stay faithful to your calling and watch for false teacher, preacher, prophets in the land they are running rapid in this hour, be careful and pay attention and seek the Lord in all you do. Stay on the battlefield and continue the good work that the Lord has started in you it's not many like us so stay strong in your faith.

      Blessing B with you

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      8 years ago

      Dear the Faithful Servants of the lord,

      Much greetings through the wonderful name of Jesus Christ!

      We are so happy to come across your website as well to see the good work you're doing for the Lord which has touched us.

      Since we are young christian fellowship we request for more teachings of your ministry for our spiritual growth.

      We also would like to request you to come as the Lord may direct you and lay us the foundation truth such as you teach to us and our community at large.

      We hope you will be of more blessings to us as you agree with us in faith and prayers.We also hope and pray to enjoy God's kingdom as you agree to share and further it with us here on earth,Amen!

      Yours in Christ,

      Pastor Benson Monari.

    • newjerusalem profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Dear Kennedy,

      Thanks for your comments and taking time to write to us.Presently we concentrate on writing ministry.We are going to release a book shortly on"prophets and prophetic ministry".Kindly pray for this work.continue to keep in touch with us.The Lord is going to do the quick work to restore and glorify His Body on the face of this earth.

      Wait on the Lord in fervent prayers.


      Your brother in Christ,


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      Kennedy Choti 

      8 years ago

      Greetings to you in the name of our almighty Father .

      We agree to you most affectionately and prayer that God is blessing you, your life and work. it is our privilege to write to you asking for prayer and extending your work here in kenya. we got your website and we became very interested for knowing more about Jesus and God's work through you

      We have dedicated ourselves to obey the work and word of God and see the programme or events that are conducted in your ministry we will be very much desire to continue fellowship with you.

      It is only through sustainable prayer that we are able to see people accepting Jesus Christ and filed with the Holy spirit

      Our vision is to exalt Jesus’ name and the ministry so that the ministry may be empowered to do all Jesus’ commands through evangelism; family programme; community development.

      We are interested to hear from you as soon as you hear our request. may GOD bless you richly as you abide to him; and let his grace be with you.

      yours in Christ


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      9 years ago

      welcome to kenya and work with us ,please pray for us and the church,pray also for the orphansyours pastor stephen

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      Susan David 

      10 years ago


      We are inviting 10 pastors’ wives to join a charter membership club for free for 2 months. Visit for more details:

      You can also get a free Ebook at or just visit for additional info.

      Thank you and God bless!


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