The “Five-Fold”  

Many ministers are succumbing to unnecessary pressure because they are doing more than the Lord called, trained, equipped, commissioned, and sent them to do. For example, a pastor who is prophetic is not the same as a prophet. Similarly, a prophet who preaches well is not necessarily a pastor. For example, when the Lord sent the prophet Jonah to preach against Nineveh, He did not send him there to be their priest or pastor (Jonah 3:2).

Minister to the People
Minister to the People
Shepherds (pastors) and sheepdogs (prophets) watch over the flock, to include defending against predators, but they do so differently. In addition, sheepdogs are gifted to detect the enemy well in advance of the shepherds; sheepdogs (prophets) are designed to warn the shepherds (pastors). Sadly, many pastors have gotten rid of the prophets from their congregation and are now struggling to be the shepherd and the sheepdog. Lest not forget that Jesus “…gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ.” ~ Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV)

Raised in the Wilderness (cover)
Are you a prophet?
Whatever the Lord has called you to do, do that and leave the other functions under the applicable “five-fold ministry” office (gift). If you want or try to be a jack-of-all-trades, you will become a master of none. Jesus is the archetype of all ministerial positions, and He served in all of them equally well. Many ministers have tried to be like Christ, which tragically sometimes means violating 1 Peter 5:2-4 by trying to lord over people. As a result, they have buckled under the pressure of trying to do what only God can do. Let God be God and you simply serve Him as He directs as opposed to what you desire.

See “Raised in the Wilderness: #Rogue Reformers, Rallying the #Remnant” for more information. Now available at:

Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free
Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free



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