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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Apostleship?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To be sent with a message.

Description  Description 
The gift of apostleship is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume and exercise general leadership over a number of churches, with an extraordinary authority in spiritual matters that is spontaneously recognized and appreciated by those churches.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
1 Corinthians 12:28,29 Acts 14:21-23
Ephesians 4:11-15 Acts 15:36
1 Thessalonians 3:5 Galatians 2:7-9

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • pioneer and establish new ministries or churches;

  • can sense what God wants to do and are not afraid to try;

  • have responsibilities to oversee ministries or groups of churches;

  • have a forceful personality that trusts God to do what is necessary in unusual situations in order to establish authority for God’s work;

  • demonstrate authority and vision for the mission of the church.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Confident Persistent
Initiating Persevering
Influential Trustworthy
Persuasive Diligent

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • should be aware that misusing their authority can quench the Spirit in others;

  • need to be affirmed and sent by the church;

  • can be demanding and sometimes pessimistic.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Church planting in new areas Preaching
Church nurture visitation Lay pastor
Writing books and articles Study-group leader

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category RESPONSIBILITY. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Administration Leadership Shepherding