Much of the spiritual action in
the Bible comes from the work of apostolic-prophetic teams. I have found
seven types of apostolic teams which may serve as models for us today.
1. Band of Evangelists: Yeshua's original group of twelve
did not so much prophesy or start congregations. They shared the Gospel
(and healed the sick). This was also true of the group of apostles under
Simon Peter's leadership as we find in Acts 1-12. 'Jews for
Jesus' gives us a picture of multiplying evangelistic teams.
2. Band of Prophets: In ancient Israel, prophets such as Samuel,
Elijah and Elisha led bands of younger "student" prophets (I Samuel 10:5).
The early team of apostles began by praying and prophesying together (Acts
1:14, 2:17). It is likely that a group of young visionaries attached
themselves to John the Son of Zebedee, and became his prophetic band. In
this vein, IHOP-KC has been a source for other prayer houses around the
3. Mother Congregation: In Acts 13 there were teachers and
prophets in the Antioch congregation. They sent out Paul (Shaul) and
Barnabas and became the home base for Paul's team and others. The
congregation in Jerusalem was the mother of all apostolic base
congregations. Beth Yeshua (Philadelphia) and Tents of Mercy (Haifa) are
examples of Messianic congregations which have multiplied into others.
4. Training School: In Acts 19, we see Paul teaching every day at
the school of Tiranus. The school was more than just a teaching center. The
teaching format provided a base for spreading the message of the kingdom of
God across the entire area of Asia Minor (Acts 19:10). Modern day Bible
schools, such as YWAM, CFNI, Gateways, ICOB and MJBI are apostolic centers
for extending the kingdom.
5. Paul's Staff: A group of people began to gather around
Paul as a support team. Some of them were leaders in training, some
assistant apostles to Paul, others were helpers, secretaries, organizers,
etc. Titus became an apostle in Paul's place. Gaius copied
Paul's letters. They served as the staff of a congregational
planting team. For twelve years, the Revive Israel team has operated
according to this model.
6. Five-fold Ministry: As Paul's team grew from being
primarily his staff to being leaders in their own right, the pattern
emerged of an apostolic leadership team made up of 5 different kinds of
callings. Ephesians 4:11 describes these as, "apostle, prophet,
evangelist, pastor and teacher." We are delighted to see much of our
staff at Revive Israel becoming Ephesians 4 level leaders in their own
7. Senior Advisory Council: In Acts 15 several senior leaders,
including Peter, Paul and Jacob (James), gathered together to forge
strategy, set policy and settle disputes. There was not one "pope" but
rather a group of leaders in mutual submission, dialogue, and prayer. We
have this type of relationship in our senior advisory team at Tikkun
International, with Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, Paul Wilbur and David
May these biblical models help us bear more fruit as we seek to serve the
Lord in this generation!
This article was previously published on October
on the Revive Israel website and on November 8th
here on Kehila News Israel