UNDERSTANDING THE APOSTOLIC
The Church has been operating in a model established by the Catholic church in 3rd Century AD. At the time, the Catholic church wanted to control the outbreak of the Holy Spirit. God’s intended model for His Church can be found in the 1st Century Church, which is in Acts. The Church’s 1st Century operation is key in order for the Kingdom of Heaven to come on Earth as Jesus taught the disciples in Matthew 6:11. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but rather an authority that was given to us to occupy and rule until Jesus returns. Throughout the centuries, the Holy Spirit has been releasing onto the Earth for those who have ears to hear. However, the next levels in God, sometimes even revival in a people or region, has been hindered by the strategies of the enemy that cause people to shrink back, disobey and mistrust God’s leading, or altogether cut off the new levels at which God wants us to flow in. The Church needs to become knowledgeable about their enemy, his strategies, and how to engage their enemy. This is the Apostolic Church’s assignment – to reclaim and occupy strategically. It is not in size, but in knowing its identity and operating in its power.
WHAT IS AN APOSTOLIC CENTER
The Greek word, Koinonia, means “fellowship”; being used in Scripture when speaking about the Church in a brotherly, feel-good fashion. However, in Matt.16:17-19, when Jesus says, “..upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overpower it”. The Greek word here is Ekklesia, which means “called out ones”. This shifts the understanding of church gatherings; speaking of movement that is shifting into rightful function. For too long, The Church as we know it, has been led by only a Pastor and followers. The Church does not understand its God given identity and mandate. The Apostolic is a five-fold governmental leadership where the Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Pastor and Evangelist are working together to bring people in their assignment and purpose. We are training people to understand their place in the Kingdom of God and how to fulfill their assignment, whether short-term or long-term, in the sphere(s) in which they are assigned. God gave each person gifts and purpose in line with those gifts. He calls each person to come into their assignment through their giftings. This is causing people to get involved whether they are called to be a organizer, a business man or woman, a teacher or to whatever capacity He has caused them to become, including you.
WHAT IS THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY?
- Apostle: Lays the foundation. Responsible for receiving the instructions and providing leadership structure.
- Prophet: Hears the direction of God and the assignment for the ministry and shares it to the Apostle and Teacher.
- Teacher: Receives the instructions from the Apostle and teaches it to the people.
- Pastor: Shepherds the people. Coordinates the outreach and care for the people.
- Evangelist: Does the outreach to the public in whatever form that takes place.
what is the 7 mountains?
The church is called to be God’s ladder connecting the kingdom of heaven on earth. Christian Life Center’s assignment is to establish an access point for the kingdom of God in Queens, where God will be able to occupy the 7 mountains in this region. We are called to raise up this generation to walk in the fullness of their identity as they sit in kingdom governmental positions as leaders.