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FINANCES. What We Believe

The Fivefold Ministry Progression

Colette Toach
Apostle and Spiritual Mother
Apostolic Movement International

What is Your Ministry Calling?

I started getting really confused. As Craig and I took time to pray for each of the attendees at our Gifts and Calling Seminar, the Lord kept changing directions on us. Some folks that we were praying for had a clear prophetic orientation, but when we prayed, He would say clearly, "No, they must work at being more pastoral first."

After the fifth time this happened, I started to question the Lord. He was faithful though and gave me such a clear picture.

In everything in life and in the spirit, there is a natural order of things. When you start going to school, you start out with kindergarten and then move your way from there through the stages until you graduate after high school. Things are no different in the realm of the spirit. The Lord has an order of things and the reason I want to share this with you today is to help you out!

Perhaps somewhere along the line the Lord said to you, "I want you to be a prophet!" or "I want you to be an Apostle." or perhaps, "I want you to be a teacher."

Then just as you got used to the idea, it is like He changed His mind or something! Instead of heading in that direction, it felt like He led you somewhere else completely. If this is happening to you right now, I am here to give you hope.

Progressing in Your Ministry Call

Progressing in your ministry calling is much like climbing a ladder. There are clear stages and as you qualify in one, the Lord will open the other. Not only that, but as you rise up, the view starts getting clearer each time.

Now no one ever tried leaping to the top of a ladder without making their way through the bottom rungs first. Well... that is unless you are an expressive like me with a death wish! If you tried, then the chances are, you are pretty familiar with the bumps and bruises that met you along the way.

The problem is that we like to tell the Lord what our callings are. We like to hang around in areas that we are comfortable with. Well if you know anything about walking out the call of God on your life, you should know by now that it is HIS calling and with that being said - it is His decision on how you should fulfill it.

I still see way too many people coming and telling me what "their" gifts and callings are, without stopping for a moment to discover if this is really where God wants them right now. We get comfortable with what is familiar. The problem with this mentality though is that you become so dependent on your title and calling that you forget that it is the Lord that called you to walk out that title.

Before the Lord appointed me to Apostolic Office He said to me, "Are you prepared to act like an apostle, have the authority of an apostle and be an apostle... without anyone knowing that you are an apostle?" I knew that there would be places He would send me where women apostles would not be accepted. It was only when I could submit to this that He released me fully.

The point of that testing was to discover that my authority and call did not rest in my title, but in what God put into me.

So What is Your Boast Today?

Is your boast in the titles you hold and the certificates you have gathered? Or do you have a boast like Apostle Paul who said, "I glory in my infirmities so that the power of God can rest on me"?

I am driving this point home first before I lift you up a rung on the ladder. Until you are prepared to let go of the level you have, the Lord cannot add anything more to you.

The problem in today's church age is that everyone wants to be at the top! With the resurrection of the Fivefold Ministry in the church, everyone wants to head to the prophetic and apostolic call right away, without following God's natural order of things.

As a result we have imbalanced leaders. Come on - right about now your mind is already hopping to a few leaders that you know. They carry the title, but you find that their lives are lacking. You know that they have a call, but they miss that "something" that you cannot put your finger on.

Well I am here today to make sure that YOU do not miss out on that "something." I am here to help you climb that ladder correctly, so that by the time you get to the top, you are secure in what God has given to you.

You might be familiar with these passages on the Fivefold and Body Ministries:

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God set in place in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, next gifts of healings, supports, directors, various different tongues. (AMIV)

Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some apostles, and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; (AMIV)

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts that vary according to the grace that is given to us, [we should use them], if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith;
7 If service, in serving: a teacher, in teaching;
8 If an encourager, in exhortation: one that gives, with generosity; one that rules, with diligence; one that shows compassion, with cheerfulness.
9 [Let] [agape] love be sincere. [Continually] abhor what is evil; [continue to] be joined to what is good.
10 [Be] kindly affectioned to one another with brotherly love; in honour giving preference to one another; (AMIV)

Can you see the natural order here? With such an emphasis on the Fivefold Ministry, many overlook the first rungs in the ministry ladder... the Body Ministries in the church. Today I want to tell you that until you are prepared to start at the bottom, that you will not fulfill your function correctly at the top.

Who ever decided to build the roof of a house without putting attention into the foundation first? And we wonder why so many ministries are crumbing around us. They forgot to start off the foundation! The Scriptures say that a man does not build a house without first considering the cost. Well today, are you considering the cost?

Are you prepared to start on your foundation before heading on to the higher level ministries? And again, if you are already trying to fulfill a higher level ministry, are you prepared to come down a few notches and catch up on what you missed?

I had a real struggle with one of the people we ministered to. I tried to explain that although they felt that they had a prophetic call, that I felt God wanted them to step down from that and spend some time first in the Word, getting a solid foundation. Well, you could have sworn that I had just called them the anti-Christ. I did not think that what God said was unreasonable and was not prepared for the dramatic reaction.

I could have said anything... anything except to lay down the one calling that was their boast. It seems insane that someone who insists that they want to serve God, has decided to serve Him in the way that they seem fit. However before we point fingers, are you prepared to look at yourself? What if the Lord told you to lay down your boast right now? I know full well how much effort it takes to reach any of the Fivefold Ministry offices.

However what use is that office if it is flawed? What use is the ministry that you build if its foundation is so weak that it will crumble? So where do you begin? Well I am going to take you through the rungs of the ladder and it is for you to identify where you are at right now.

Let Us Consider the Body Ministries and the Fivefold Ministries as Rungs on a Ladder:

1. Body Ministries (I cover all seven of them in the Called to the Ministry book and course)

2. Evangelistic Ministry

3. Pastoral Ministry

4. Teaching Ministry

5. Prophetic Ministry

6. Apostolic Ministry

Just understanding that there is a progression brings rest. Where are you right now? Does the Lord have you serving in a local church? Bide your time, because He is taking you through the Body Ministries first.

Has the Lord told you to leave your local church and step out into something new? Then you are clearly
"going up a rung" which will mean more training and a new way of doing things. Take your next step up and watch the way open up before you!

Time to go up a Level!

God has put a purpose for your existence Inside you. There is a driving force within you to accomplish something much greater than yourself and to fulfill the call of God on your life.

However… how do you know what that calling is?

Apostle Colette Toach takes you by the hand and helps you to realize the call of God that has been whispering to you all along.

It is the conviction of your calling that will fuel the fire to push through when times get rough. By teaching you how to KNOW His will for you and to hear clearly from Him, you will receive the conviction that will push you through the fire time and time again... read more

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Responses Posted For This Page

Response from Kim : This was right on time for me. Thank you!

Response from Kim R. : What powerful and timely words. Makes sense! Thank you all for being a blessing to the Body of Christ!

Response from Sharon : Wow! Where do I start, do not have a calling, Left the New Apostolic Church,after the past of my Husband few years ago.Something happened,were spiritually dead,Do not belong to a church yet,but gave my Life to Jesus,a few years ago.So much wanting to have a personal relationship with God.Still attending churches,but did not find the right one yet.I feel that I'm right at the bottem of my calling. Too far away from your Church in Fuchville,staying in Western Cape, South Africa.

Response from Maria : Message in season. I have been serving in the local church nd trying to identify the gift and the calling, bt found myself at the bottom again. Does not agree wth the current minister,s teachings

Response from Christina Petrou : Thank you for the message also right on time for me
I feel confused and somehow discouraged .. I don't want to lose more time in my life feeling that I didn't accomplish much !! I know that it is time fo me to know my calling and live it .. Not only do I not know where to start but keep on thinking things through a lot not to do any mistakes.. I'm currently asking God to put me in the right ministry in the right body of Christ where I belong .. I attend around 2-3 places but still don't know where to be. Committed and serve.. Sometimes I panic that I'm being too slow .. I'm 28 and don't know which road to take.. But I need to do something with my life!
I work in a bank and studied finance but I really don't feel like investing in this field (studies) etc. i dont feel this is where i belong .. and dont want to waste time.. 3 different people on a period of 5 years prophesied to me that I'm called in the prophetic ministry .. But no clear shape on this seen in my life so far.. My hope is that my timings are in God's hands!! Amen .. God bless you! This message made me relax cause I know Jesus is greater than me and I don't want to end up being in a place I'm not ready for..

Response from jonathan : I managed to
Read your messag
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In 1990 and have
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Response from L.B. Johnson : This is a powerful message to the body of Christ and certainly a blessing to me having experienced this very thing in my ministry.

Response from L.B. Johnson : This is a powerful message to the body of Christ and certainly a blessing to me having experienced this very thing in my ministry.

Response from Kobby : The church today, especially from where i coming from seem to over look the importance of apostolic order. The bible said and Abraham laid the WOOD in ORDER, Elijah before calling down the fire he laid the WOOD in ORDER again Paul said everything must be done in ORDER.....
People want become but but do not want to go through the process.
Apostle, you truly the Apostle of the season, more grace to you and the sons you are raising.

from Ghana.

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