The annual Vision Conference of Flame of Fire Church is coming up next weekend. Like in years past, this conference is an exciting opportunity to hear about our current vision, goals and plans. This year, the focus of the Vision Conference is on the five fold ministry. But what is vision and how does it relate to the five fold ministry?
What is the Five Fold Ministry?
Vision is necessary for action.
Our vision is our outlook; it is our plan and our view of the world. Before we make any choices in life, we need a goal in mind. If you’re going to read a book, you need a reason to do so. If I am going to get into my car, I should have a place I want to drive to. If we are going to live, we need something to live for. We need vision to give us direction and purpose.
To have a clear vision, we need to make sure we are in the right position. If I am in a valley, my vision isn’t as clear as it would be from a hilltop. We need to make sure we are in the right position for our vision to be accurate. As Believers, we are called to be in a position of alignment with God through the Holy Spirit.
Vision within the Church
In all areas of life, and especially in our churches, we can witness how someone’s vision is affected by their position. We can easily see that if someone has the wrong position, their vision will also be wrong. We can lose faith in the vision when we are in the wrong position. In fact, you can still be in a good position, but not be in the right position.
The Problem We Face
Christians Burning Out
Many churches have witnessed members facing “burnout” from having to fill too many positions. Being in your proper position can come with enough challenges in itself, but operating in too many positions can be exhausting. We know that when you are functioning in your anointing, you are operating under grace.
Grace to Function
In Ephesians 4:7 it says, “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We are given grace in the functioning of the gift given to us so that we don’t face burnout. But when we also have to fill someone else’s position, we aren’t operating under the grace we are given. We are not only overextending ourselves, we are taking someone else’s responsibility away from them.
We need every member functioning in their position so that we all work together for the church’s up-building and to glorify Christ.
Five Fold Ministry
In order for all the church members to function where they’re designed to, the church needs to be active in the five fold ministry. The fivefold ministry is necessary to act in the will of God because God acts through the whole body. God’s will is not connecting to just a select few within the church; His will is for the entire church. Ephesians 4:6 describes it as, “…one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” This means the church is supposed to have working apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
If all of the work in the church is done by a pastor, they may quickly become weary from carrying burdens that were never theirs to bear. The same can be said for every office of the five fold — operating in too many offices is a dangerous place to stay. Although every office should be able to function in the gifts of the others, we undermine the value of the fivefold by trying to fill every office with a singular person.
Kingdom Domain College
This is why we strongly believe in equipping & discipling people. That is what the vision of Kingdom Domain College is all about.
To function in God’s will effectively, the church needs all members to be functioning properly in their anointing.
City On a Hill: Clear Vision
We are called to be like a city on a hill (Matthew 5:14). When we are on a hill, our vision is clearer than it would be in a valley. God is bringing us to a position where we can see things differently. We are called to “let (our) light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”(Matthew 5:16).
When we are in the right position, our light becomes visible to those around us and God is glorified out of it. We need to be in the right position to have vision, and we need vision “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God..” (Colossians 1:10)
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