FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDING BISHOP
As Presiding Bishop, I want potential members to understand the role and functions of those called to serve within the Body of Christ. Below you will find the functions, not titles of the Ministry Offices. Understand that those who are called by God have no doubt about what God has called them to do for Him. Even-though it may take some time to mature in your calling.
No man or woman can call or place you into ministry, only God can do that. We simply want you to better understand the different anointing that is placed upon those called of God and know how to utilize their gifts best, so that everyone can function in their assigned roles. We do not address ministers of the gospel with titles such as "reverend" or "doctor". "Reverend" is a name that is ascribed to God alone. Psalms 111:9 (KVJ) and He is the only one worthy of such a title or honor. As for "doctor", there is absolutely no scriptural basis for the use of this term, as it relates to those who serve in the ministry. In fact if you look at the root of the word it simply means: "teacher."
Although it is not necessary for you to be what is called "licensed" or "ordained" by an organization to serve in the Body of Christ, we do license and ordain ministers to ensure that they meet minimum standards as far as training, experience, ethics and accountability goes. You don't have to buy any special garments or a degree to be a member. You simply must be called, equipped and sent by God. We want to emphasize that no ministry gift or office is more or less important than another. God has distributed the gifts as He has seen fit and according to each person's ability.
All gifts are equally important, but some obviously assume more responsibility than others. Just as in the secular or corporate world; supervisors, presidents and managers assume more responsibility over people, places and goals than other employees, so it is in the Body of Christ.
In His Service,
Lyndon B. Hutcherson
Those who serve in this capacity generally oversee the administration of a group of ministries or supervise a group of ministers in carrying out assigned responsibilities within a local, regional, national or international jurisdiction. These are not positions that God calls someone into, those who serve as Bishops are appointed and recognized by those who they have direct supervision over. The Greek word episkopos occurs five times in the New Testament (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 2:25). The word is translated “bishop” in the King James Version, but “overseer” in most modern versions. The word means an overseer or superintendent. The term is used in reference to Jesus Christ in 1 Peter 2:25 where he is described as the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. The early Christian churches seemed to have several “bishops” in each major town. They are also called elders. The bishops/elders took on leadership in the early church.
literally means "to announce good news", those in this office bring the
message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as a preacher or messenger.
An evangelist carries a great burden for those who are not a part of
the kingdom of God yet, and an anointing to preach the gospel to them
that comes with great conviction and draws them to the Lord. They will
often have signs and wonders following them to confirm their message.
The prime example of an evangelist in the New Testament is Philip. He
was one of the men chosen to serve the widows in Acts 6, and he is the
only one specifically called an evangelist (Acts 21:8). In Acts 8 he
obeys the Holy Spirit and brings the Ethiopian eunuch to a believing
knowledge of Christ.
“Evangelists create converts, while apostles create disciples” (Kim Terrell 2002:22). Their foremost desire is to see people come into the kingdom, then leaving the discipling to others. They love teaching others how to win people, and never feel like they are actually doing enough and accomplishing their task. While they are grieved to see believers’ indifference regarding the lost, they do have an anointing to impart God's broken heart to the body. Evangelists are absolutely crucial for numeric growth in the local church and the kingdom of God.
"But the Greatest Among You, Will Be the Servant of All."
"ESTABLISHING & EXPANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD"