Christ gave three distinct ministry gifts to the church: apostle, prophet, and evangelist to compliment that of the pastor-teacher [Ephesians 4:11]. Yet, since the Reformation, pastor-teachers have been leading, largely, in a vacuum.

I want to suggest that the over emphasis on shepherding and teaching has produced both the Church and the society that we have today.

To lead the Church well includes restoring the apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic graces to Christian leadership.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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