The "EQUIPPING STATION "
It is built around our vision statement, that of "Equipping for Leadership in the Nations Through the Power of The Holy Spirit."
That’s a good question, "WHY ARE YOU HERE?"
The purpose of Leadership Training is to release the Church - and Individual’s in it - to function effectively! To see God’s people come in to their full potential in Him!
All of them, into all of it! Not just a selected few!
"It was He (Jesus) Who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him Who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:11-16 , NIV).
The Scripture is quite clear as to the reason why the five-fold ministry giftings of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers need to be recognized and functioning in the Church today. They hold the "keys" to "preparing God’s people for works of service.”The apostle and prophet ministries hold the "key of knowledge” (Luke 11:49-52 ). Without them the Christians "suffer" through ignorance! Hosea 4:6 tells us "God’s people are destroyed through lack of knowledge!” The word "destroyed" here means "to be silent; to cause to cease; to destroy; to cut off; laying waste, that which is laid waste" (Wilson’s)
Ignorance is a killer!
Pastors and teachers cannot equip the Church on their own. We need the over-all balance of apostles, prophets and evangelists too. Until the Christian Church recognizes this we will fail to achieve God’s purpose for us!
The five-fold ministries get:
In other words, they impart into and release us to function!
The Amplified Bible puts it this way:
"His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the Church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God; that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood – the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection – the completeness found in Him . . . For because of Him the whole body (the Church in all its various parts closely) joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its needs] is working properly (in all its functions), grows to full maturity, building itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:12-16 ).
That is the fruit of the five-fold ministries.
The Church desperately needs to really mature into "the accurate knowledge of the Son of God.” What a challenge!
Let’s learn from the life of Archippus. His name is recorded only twice in all the Bible, yet we see some important things for us to learn from him.
The two verses are:
"And say to Archippus (meaning: "horse chief"; "chief groom" or "master of the horse"),Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfil it”(Colossians 4:17 ,KJV).
"And to our beloved Apphia and Archippus, our fellowsoldier, and to the church in your house” (Philemon 2 , KJV).
"Fellowsoldier" means: "one serving as a soldier of Jesus; one who works in conjunction with another, or together with another."
Archippus was told he had received a ministry "in the Lord.”
His responsibility was to fulfil it!
There is a huge difference or gap between "the receiving” of a ministry and "the fulfilling” of it! That gap is the equipping process. Many talk of "their ministry," but few go on to effectively "fulfil it."
If we take the meaning of the name "Archippus," we see it has to do with the grooming and preparation of horses. In the natural that is a very important and responsible position. The chief groom has to know how to handle the horses in his care. He has to work to a timetable of having the horses at their very best for and on the day of a show, a sale, or a race. If the horse is for sale, and it is not in the best possible condition, the price will be lower. The groom’s job can be "on the line." It involves discipline, timing, working in all kinds of weather, training the horses, getting and keeping them fit. The groom has to know what he is doing. He carries large responsibility and is accountable to the horses owner or owners.
In Philemon 2 we see that Archippus was "a fellow soldier.” He could march (in step), strategize, fight, protect and work with others. He was not only good on his own, he was also good at being a team person. He carried spiritual responsibility of a house church.
He was a Leader!
Will you be an "Archippus" for Jesus and fulfil your ministry which you have received in the Lord?
THE AIM OF THIS TRAINING COURSE:
I like to refer to these "Equipping Station" notes as my guide-lines for the training of my "Timothy’s." The name "Timothy" comes from the mentoring relationship that existed between the Apostle Paul and his spiritual "son in the faith", Timothy. Paul took personal interest in Timothy, training, encouraging, inputting and imparting prophetically into his life (the prophetic input is very important in Leadership Training). He equipped him! Then the day came when Timothy was released in his own right into his own ministry. He actually rose to be ordained the first Bishop of the Church of the Ephesians. Paul trained him well.
Abraham trained his own servants – 318 of them! (Genesis 14:13-16 ).
We place a high priority on developing the prophetic in our lives. A prophetic person (in simple terms) is one who is cultivating the voice of God in their lives and seeking to live by that which he/she hears from God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:15-17 ; John 15:26 ; John 16:7-15 ), therefore when we are hearing from Him we can have the joy of getting it right! It is recognizing the way God speaks to us that releases so much of the Holy Spirit ministry and gifts out of our lives. Spiritual gifts are our “weaponry” to enable us to effectively accomplish the purposes of God! People around the world are desperately in need of a supernatural touch from God in their lives. The Holy Spirit actively working in and through us enables us to meet those needs in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
This is what Equipping for Prophetic Leadership is about:
What is your dream? What "lights you up”?
(Speaking it out helps to clarify and settle it in your own heart.)
THE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT:
My philosophy in life has been:
ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
These questions are extremely important. If you ignore them - and you have "problems" in these areas - then they will "find you out" further down the track of life. It is better to face them now in "the training time" than to have to face them when you are more known in public ministry. And we all know something about the humiliation and disgrace that "fallen ministries" encounter.
If you’re not sure about some of the questions, why not ask a trusted friend to help give you an honest appraisal . . . or even open your heart to others in a group setting (making sure all are desirous to fulfil their ministries in God). (Likewise, if there are any questions that have not been asked here, and you feel they need to be, why not let us know about them. Thank you.)
ARE YOU AN INDIVIDUALIST, OR A TEAM PERSON?:
Let’s be committed to making each other more successful! ·
Let us realize that God uses other people to release us into our own sure calling in God.
WE NEED TO BE PRACTICAL IN THIS “EQUIPPING STATION” AND THE TRAINING OF TIMOTHY’S:
The questions and challenges presented in this paper need to have whatever time necessary devoted to them in order to seriously work through them. (For some, these issues may never have been spoken out publicly before?)
WHO IS THE LEADER?
Rodney Francis, the Founder/Director of "The Gospel Faith Messenger” Ministry, trains his "Timothy‘s” from the principles of these notes. He is ably assisted by others who carry the vision of "The GFM” Ministry.