Jesus… “gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12). The Bible speaks of 5 offices or anointings, which are given by Jesus to the church in order that the church may be activated (prepared for service) and built up. The CN proactively seeks God for the installation of all 5 offices in every dimension of our ministry.
Part of The CN’s spiritual DNA and distinctiveness is the restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the integration of those ministries within the overall restoration of all 5-anointings mentioned in Ephesians 4, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. In the 1950’s the office of pastor was restored to the Body of Christ, in the 60’s, evangelists were restored, in the 70’s the office of teacher was restored, in the 80’s the prophets began to be restored, in the 90’s, the apostolic movement started. Now we are in the “saints’ movement” (Eph. 4:11-12), the time when the saints are being activated and released to do ministry in the workplace, public places, and within their own homes. (Recommended Reading – “The Day of the Saints” by Dr. Bill Hamon).
We place a strong emphasis on the restoration of the apostolic and prophetic movements because they are the most recent restorations within church government. Apostles and prophets are necessary components for the church to reach its new season and purpose. The 5-fold distinctiveness of the CN has nothing to do with “who is in charge” mindsets. That question is answered by simply one answer, “Jesus. Jesus is in charge.” We seek to follow the Holy Spirit in establishing these ministries in order to bring the church into alignment with heaven.
CN ordains those who through demonstration, submission, and consistency have proved that they have been called by God into those ministries. Ordination takes place after careful evaluation of an individual’s life, walk with God, and interaction within the local church. The presbyters/elders will evaluate ordinands; however, Bishop Randy and Apostle Johnny Layton-Morgan reserve the right to ordain 5-fold ministers as directed by the Holy Spirit.
Though we do not want to oversimplify, here are one sentence summaries of the 5-fold offices:
Apostles – those “sent by Jesus to breakthrough in spiritual warfare, establish ministers and ministries, activate believers through impartation, and release callings.”
- Prophets – those who “hear, release, and activate in others the voice of the Lord.”
- Teachers – those who “release and activate revelation knowledge as well as a hunger for it.”
- Evangelists – those who “release revival.”
- Pastors – those who “shepherd the flock of God.”
The 5-fold distinctiveness of our organization is not about authority, it is about service. Our passion to identify and release giftings and callings comes from a place of service. We desire to serve God and people, not rule. No minister shall act from a place of “I’m an apostle… do what I say…” We serve and bless with absolute humility before God and people.
Always keep in mind, the CN’s 5-fold distinctiveness is all about “equipping the saints for the work of the ministry and building them up for the unity of the faith.” The equipping dimension means that if you become a part of the CN, you will be gently pushed to become active in supernatural, Holy Ghost led activities. So, it’s time to get excited, you have just found a fellowship of believers that are active in all 5-fold anointings, and that is going to release amazing things into your life, today.