Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Apostle [Dream Awakener]

The primary concern of apostles is to help people and communities live out their calling in the church and world.  They do this by cultivating a thriving environment, calling people to join God in the renewal of all things.  They create a discipleship ethos in the congregation and call people to participate in advancing God’s kingdom. While they can wear any of the equipper’s hats, they seek to build a team of equippers who activate the entire body to fulfill God’s mission in the world through the church.

What is their primary mission?
Apostles help to create a discipleship ethos and call people to participate in advancing God’s kingdom by awakening people and communities to discover and live out their calling in life. They are church planters who take the church into unreached territories and often found new movements of God.
How do they reflect the heart of God?
Dream awakeners have a deep desire to see God’s kingdom become more tangible in the world through the church, and they do whatever it takes to see this come about.
What are the issues that deeply concern them?
Their deep concerns are the health and faith of the church, the future direction of the church, the atmosphere and attitude of the community, identity in Christ, organizational dynamics, individual and communal callings, connecting with the churches they helped to start and other planters, lifecycles of ministries, forward movement with the big picture in mind.
What are the primary ways in which they embody this gift in the church?
They help people live into the cultural web (see culture at the top of the website), according to their calling. They engage in systems thinking and systems renewal, creating an atmosphere where good things can run wild in a synergetic way. They develop and help focus resources for the mission and monitor and cultivate discipleship in all four social spaces (intimate, personal, social, public). They cultivate the multiplication of leaders, missional communities, ministries and churches and explore ways to network with other churches. They train apprentices and build teams to help with these ministries.
What is their primary blind spot?
Apostles may find their value in achievement, instead of God and thus could value the mission at the expense of the individual.
What is their effect within the body?
Apostles cultivate a thriving environment where they awaken people to join God in the renewal all things through discipleship and multiplication of leaders, missional communities, ministries, churches and movements of churches, reaching unreached people groups.
What are some passages that talk about apostles?
Paul and Barnabus (Acts 14:4), Andronicus and Junia (Rom. 16:7), Paul and Apollos ( I Cor. 4:1-13), Paul, The Lord's brothers (I Cor. 9), Titus (2 Cor. 8:23), James (Gal. 1:19), All the Apostless - different from the 12 (I Cor. 15:5,7).
Who are some mature contemporary examples?
John Wesley, Roland Allen, John Wimber, Dawson Trotman, K.P. Yohannan, Bill Bright, Loren Cunningham, Ying and Grace Kai, Amiee Semple McPherson, Julius Ebwongu.