By John Eckhardt
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The prophetic ministry should be secondary to the apostolic ministry. This does not minimize the importance of the prophetic ministry. The church is in dire need of prophetic ministry. There is no substitute for the prophetic. Nevertheless, we are now seeing the restoration of apostolic ministry. This is not to say that men have not operated in this office before today. There have always been men who operated in this ministry throughout the history of the Church. However, many churches have been robbed of this vital ministry through tradition and unbelief.
Leaders therefore generally operate with a pastoral mindset. Our churches have been built to meet the needs of the members, and most members expect it to remain this way. It is not uncommon to see a leader serve as a pastor of a church for many years. We commend the many pastors who have faithfully served in local churches for many years. There is, however, a shift taking place throughout the earth. Many leaders are sensing an apostolic call. Many of them are presently pastors of local works. They are sensing and responding to a higher calling.
1 Corinthians 12:28 Apostles, prophets, and teachers are the governmental gifts of the church. These anointings have been left out of the government of most local churches and have been replaced by the office of pastor. This is unscriptural and grieves the Holy Spirit. We have violated God's order and have suffered for it. The result is that we have many pastors trying to build and plant churches that require an apostolic anointing, and they do not have the necessary grace to succeed. The result is many small, weak churches that cannot properly manifest the power of the kingdom of God.
A Shift in Leadership by John Eckhardt