“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph 4 vs 11-12.
The working of these ministries together in unity in the church is the key to seeing a well established people ready to lay down there lives for the building of the Kingdom. It is essential that we see each one of these gifts as a whole and not as an individual ministry, but rather gifts with the purpose of being united to working together in a team, as one, for one purpose; that is to equip Gods people to serve Him. Each ministry is different to the other and has the anointing to transmit a different aspect of Jesus to His people.
We can not even begin to think that each gift or anointing can work effectively when it is independent. Having a one man show, which can be counted as a common trend in todays church; is the same as only eating bread for all three meals of the day, everyday of our life for the rest of our lives. The end result would be an under nourished and weakened body, prone to all kinds of sicknesses and unable to function properly. Paul says that these ministries are there to establish us and protect Gods people from deceptive teachings and false doctrines that draw us away from Him. ” that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” Eph 4 vs 13-15
The church is the same in the spirit, it needs all the other food types as much as the one. This concludes that each ministry is as important as the other, playing its part in forming a healthy church that can functions in the life of the spirit. God in His wisdom left certain aspects of Himself to men, whether it was Him as a prophet, or a teacher, or the one bearing the message of salvation to men so that when these ministry work together in unity they would represent the fullness of Christ to the church; each one imparting a certain aspect of Him so that Gods people would be equipped when these ministries work together.
Take for example, an evangelical outreach takes place in your town and the evangelist preaches with the anointing to bring men to salvation, but because he works alone he packs up his bags the next day thinking that the work is done and goes to the next town; leaving the people who are saved to grow in the one encounter that they had with Jesus on the day they got saved and as a result the church doesn’t make an impression on the world like it did in the early church. Ideally, investment from other gifts,for example the pastor who carries the heart to shepherd Gods people and take care of them would play his roll in the new believers lives and so the other ministries like the teacher, prophet and apostle will inevitably play their roll in the lives of the Christians to bring them to maturity.
Having said this, it can be understood that one man cannot carry all five anoitnings and this is why independent churches that do not work in relationship with other churches bearing these different gifts and anoitnings do not grow beyond a certain point; the people are feed with only bread. But the church was created to feed and benefit from all the gifts God gave it through the working together of these ministries in unity. I believe that the key for unity is accomplished through the work of the cross in our lives, like Christ describe in the book of Philippians, who left His throne, a place where He was lifted up, to humbled himself and be a servant to all men and to die on a cross for our salvation, so will be the man who looses his life, agendas and ambitions to serve Gods people.
The bible says that “a house decided cannot stand” Math 12 vs 25 and without unity the work of God will be limited and confined to little.