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The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages  


The five-fold ministry as it is found in the four stages. 


Ask a participant to read Eph. 4.11-13.  Using a simplified version of the Four Stages diagram, ask the following:

  • Where do evangelists work most effectively?  Field 1 and Field 2
  • Where do pastors and teacher work most effectively?  Field 3 and Field 4

Where do apostles work?  Apostles want the Kingdom to spread and grow rapidly.  In the early stages of a movement, they work in all four fields.  Take Acts 1-2 for example:

  • In chapter 1, they were gathered in the Upper Room, spending a lot of time in prayer.  This was essentially the church gathering (Field 4).
  • In chapter 2, the Holy Spirit gave them utterance in several languages and they began speaking to people of many nationalities.  That is, they went out into the streets (Field 1) and began declaring "the wonderful works of God" followed by Peter proclaiming to those who scoffed (Field 2)
  • In 2.42 it says that the new believers "devoted themselves to the apostles' teacheng (Field 3)
  • A few verses later, the new disciples began gathering in homes (Field 4).

Thus, we see them working in all four stages to move people forward.

But what about the prophets?  They give warnings and seek to correct people's behaviour.  They to Kingdom to be pure and to honour God, so they will keep people from moving forward--or even move them backward--until they are walking with integrity.

  • 2 Kings 17.9-13 shows prophets declaring God's displeasure with their sin.
  • Zech. 1.4 is another example of the prophet warning
  • Matt 18.15-17, Jesus tells us that the rebellious sinner must be "sent back" from the church (Field 4) into the world (Field 1).  Note that Jesus is not saying to cast them out, but to treat them as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer.  Essentially, start over with them from the beginning.
  • Rev. 2.4-5, Jesus commands those who "lost their first love" to go back to where they have fallen.

In summary the apostle moves people forward (quantity) while the prophet moves people backward (quality). 


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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey


David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36