The rediscovery of a vital expression of the ministry of the Prophet, as a Mobilizer, will undoubtedly prove to be a catalyst for a significant upsurge in the participation by the Body of Christ in the world Christian movement. Once, that is, the Mobilizers are identified, equipped, released into ministry and become a coherent ministry expression (Tribe)!
The ‘world Christian movement’ demands that Christians interact with people and with ‘peoples’ through their work and through social and community activities. This involves the ministry OF the Church or being ‘salt’ and ‘light’ (Mt 5:13-14).
The Prophet/Mobilizer, along with the other fivefold ministries, are best understood as ministries IN the Church. This is the ministry of equipping God’s people for works of service so God’s people can effectively do the ministry OF the Church!
Most of the fivefold ministries of the New Testament (Eph 4:11), including that of the Prophet/Mobilizer, would, I believe, be most effective when engaged in ‘fulltime’ – without the distraction of having to seek other employment for financial needs! There will always be some exceptions to this, and I know of some personally, but in general, I believe we need to see Mobilizers released full time to this critical ministry in this critical time!
There already are many of the fivefold ministries that, in general, follow a pattern of fulltime employment in their ministry to the Body of Christ and are supported by the community of God’s people. I would like to suggest that the ministry of the Prophet/Mobilizer be included among them!
The fact that Jesus went ‘full time’ and demanded that his followers – those he called apostles – do the same (Mt 19:16-22), suggests that Jesus not only did this for his immediate ministry but as a model for the Church to follow!
The Early Church Followed Jesus’ Example
The early Apostles and the early Church, having learnt the ‘full time’ model well from Jesus, continued this same pattern for those whose ministry was primarily IN the Church (Gal 6:6, 1Ti 5:17-18, 1Co 9: 3-10, 3 Jn 5-8).
In every generation, I believe, there are those whom God calls to ‘leave their nets’ to follow Him!
In fact, when those whom God calls to ‘leave their nets’, are prevented from doing so, due to income concerns, the work of God falls into decline (Neh 13:10-12).
Of significance to us, is the ministry of the Prophet! Can you think of any of the Old Testament Prophets, who exercised the most common of prophetic ministries, which was to bring God’s people back to God and to obedience and to service – who were not full time?
Mobilizers are prophets – called to draw God’s people back to God, to a place of devotion and obedience. There are people who mobilize and then there are Mobilizers who mobilize – the latter minister most effectively, in general, when they are full time!
The Fallacy of Multitasking
- They would be able to devote both quality and quantity time to their ministry.
- It would help the Body of Christ become more aware of this ministry and its value to the Body.
- The mobilization ‘tools’ Mobilizers could make available to the Body would be better and therefore more highly valued.
- The Mobilizers ‘TRIBE’ would be more coherent, connected, united and identified as a significant ministry expression to the Body.
Are there other benefits you can think of?
Make a comment and let me know, or make a comment reflecting a different view on this subject! Would love to hear from you!