Yesterday I blogged about the utter joy in seeing a traditional denominational congregation begin to shift into becoming a NT Apostolic Church. Many who read the blog have asked me what that to explain this phenomenon. In today's blog, I will share the key components of the makeup of an apostolic church.
1. A NT AC models itself after the church in the Book of Acts. It relies heavily on the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. An apostle activates a congregation prepared to step out of the old and into the new.
2. A NT AC expects miracles, signs and wonders to happen in their lives and in their midst when they come together to worship.
3. Prayer is the foundation of all that is done within the body.
4. When such a congregation gathers for worship, the order of service is determined by the leading of the Holy Spirit and not a bulletin.
5. A NT AC operates as a five-fold ministry team. The apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher function within their given area, for the equipping of the saints to do the work of the Lord. Ephesians 4:11-12.
6. The choir or worship team permiates the atmosphere under the unction of the Holy Spirit. They worship out of their overflow, which then allows the congregation to fully participate and enter in.
7. The ministries of inner healing and deliverance become a part of the foundation and everyday fabric of the church.
8. Street evangelism/outreach increases and souls are added to the body of Christ. Acts 2
9. The Body, through training, understands and becomes activated in the manifestation Gifts of the Holy Spirit, found in 1Corinthians 12.
10. Body ministry takes place. The church leadership team uses their gifts. The congregation learns to identify and use their's as well.
Everything is done decently and in order. If you would like more information about how to transition a church from being traditional and becoming a NT AC, please contact Dr. Peggy Elliott- 914-573-4493 or go on my website contact page.
Zion Baptist Church Leadership Team, Minneapolis, MN: moving from the old into the new.