The Five Fold

Five-fold ministry, for what purpose?

So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless]. Ephesians 5:27 AMPC

From the Greek, apostolos:
one who is sent out


Apostles are sent out by God through our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for a specific task in the body of Christ. Apostles are not made by men's religious institutions or theological creeds. They are not self-made or have self-imposed titles and salutations. Apostles are saddled with a grave responsibility to reveal the mystery of Christ to the church. It is not a matter of self-gratification. Many times, whoever is called to be an apostle is graciously shown the vision of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Apostles suffer extreme contradictions from men because the mysteries of Christ spoken by them challenge human wisdom and common knowledge in their generation. To this end, an apostolic office is a tragic and painful office, not a show room. Do you realize that the Bible does not ask if any man desires the office of an apostle? Realistically, it is not a desirable office unless you are specifically called to its grave task.


A detailed discussion of the Apostle can be found in the book written by Kenneth Hagin titled He gave gifts unto men.

“Paul, an apostle [special messenger appointed and commissioned and sent out] not from [any body of] men nor by or through any man, but by and through Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and God the Father, Who raised Him from among the dead.”

Galatians 1:1 KJV

“Am I not an apostle (a special messenger)? Am I not free (unrestrained and exempt from any obligation)? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you [yourselves] not [the product and proof of] my workmanship in the Lord?”

1 Corinthians 9:1 KJV

“For it seems to me that God has made an exhibit of us apostles, exposing us to view last [of all, like men in a triumphal procession who are] sentenced to death [and displayed at the end of the line]. For we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world's amphitheater] with both men and angels [as spectators].”

1 Corinthians 4:9 AMPC

From the Greek, prophetes:
one who hears and listens to God


A very important lighthouse in the body of Christ is the prophetic office. It is a full and consistent manifestation of the words of wisdom, knowledge, and discernment of spirit aided by the Holy Spirit to the intent that the Church may be holy, guided, protected, and alert to the wiles of the devils. The prophetic office does not function in the lives of prayerless people and persons who lack adequate knowledge of the scriptures. These are fundamental requirements for the prophetic office. To see or pursue visions without prayer and accurate scriptural interpretation is to repeat the error of Balaam; it would lead to witchcraft, divination, and occultism. Beware of false prophets.


Unfortunately, this generation has mutilated the office of the prophet; it has been reduced to money-spin forecast, job offer prognostication, future spouse determination, gender of child to have, which city to live in, or even what shoes to buy in the store. This is a mockery of an office through which the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Brethren, take heed lest you be deceived.


A detailed discussion of the Prophet can be found in the book written by Kenneth Hagin titled He gave gifts unto men.

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Revelation 19:10 AMPC

“[Yet] first [you must] understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is [a matter] of any personal or private or special interpretation (loosening, solving). For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so—it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.”

1 Peter 2:21 AMPC

“But if all prophesy [giving inspired testimony and interpreting the divine will and purpose] and an unbeliever or untaught outsider comes in, he is told of his sin and reproved and convicted and convinced by all, and his defects and needs are examined (estimated, determined) and he is called to account by all.”

1 Corinthians 14:24 AMPC

From the Greek, evanggelistes:
one who brings good news


This office of the Holy Spirit is occupied by the town crier and conductor of the kingdom. The task in this office is to call men and women to repentance through the simple gospel message of the Lord Jesus Christ. An evangelist has an incurable desire to save the lost: 'plundering hell to populate heaven'. They are restless, relentless, and cannot be tied to a denomination or bugged down by herculean administrative tasks. They are God's incendiaries shot into regions of spiritual darkness to enable an engulfing of divine flame of salvation, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost.

Content (Christ):

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:5 KJV

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”

Acts 8:35 KJV

“And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.”

Acts 21:8 KJV

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:13-15 KJV

From the Greek, poimen:
one who shepherds God's people


This office is the most common and popular, as it is the homemaker for the kingdom. The pastor provides comfort to the newly born in Christ, changes the spiritual diapers, gives the baby milk, and keeps everyone warm. Jesus pastored the twelve apostles for several years. The office has different names, such as bishop, elder, deacon, overseer, shepherd. This task is well spelled out by apostle Paul and Peter. Pastors may have the weakness of not wanting to give up their spiritual babies who are now maturing in the Lord and seeking to exercise their gift. This could lead to intimidation, manipulation, and domination—in short, witchcraft. A genuine pastor is not afraid to allow the flock to glean from the riches of the Holy Spirit in other verified spiritual offices.


A true pastor gives his life for the sheep. To shepherd and feed others, pastors need to be strong and deep in the Word and prayer. From their knees, they receive divine utterances, which in the flock result in an abundant desire to glorify Jesus and to love God and brethren. It kindles people to travail and strive on their knees; praying, praying, and praying for souls! Desire for holiness awakens, and sin and love of the world cease.


A detailed discussion of the Pastor can be found in the book written by Kenneth Hagin titled He gave gifts unto men.

“I warn and counsel the elders among you (the pastors and spiritual guides of the church) as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a sharer in the glory (the honor and splendor) that is to be revealed (disclosed, unfolded): tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully; not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).”

1 Peter 5:1-3 AMPC

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”

John 13:3-5 KJV

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Joh 10:11,14,15 KJV

From the Greek, didaskalos:
one who seeks and shares the truth


Here is the office of the spiritual kindergarten through university training, tasked with the responsibility to systematically and painstakingly break the bread of life into bits, sizeable for consumption. A teacher is divinely inspired with the spirit of revelation and wisdom to make the scripture a living word, not just dead letters of theology. A teacher is full of knowledge of scriptures, and they work hand in hand with the pastor to accurately disciple and nurture the body of Christ.


Unlike the pastor, the teaching office is not stationary but mobile, so several local churches can benefit from the grace. It is the teaching office's task to wean the church from the feeding bottles of the pastoral office. Another name for the office of a teacher is a minister. The teacher or minister is expected to introduce strong meat, which boosts spiritual immunity, increases strength, and enables alertness against false doctrines and deceivers. The teaching office is saddled with the responsibility to turn spiritual babies and infants into adolescents, young adults, and full-grown adults, tagged operation maturity!


So if your local church is full of grown-up adult babies either on the pew or pulpit, screaming daily for spiritual feeding bottles, it is a spiritual emergency! Please kindly invite a teacher.

“Now in the church (assembly) at Antioch there were prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God) and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger [Black], Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”

Acts 13:1 AMPC

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV

“So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.”

Ephesians 4:14 AMPC

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV