Even Great Leaders make Bad choices…

Text: Deuteronomy 1:21 (NLT) “This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes.” Moses is without a doubt one of the greatest leaders in History. Handpicked by God to lead the Israelites out of their captivity in Egypt through the desert to the promised land, […]

Apostasy vs. Relevancy

Just a quote I came across today that I think is so true: “Some churches, for certain, abandon many of the cardinal truths of the faith in their quest to be relevant to the community they serve. But even more churches are woefully unaware of the realities, hope, and pains of those around us. Failure […]

Help Wanted: Apostles

Apostles and The Emerging Apostolic Movement

Rating: 4 out of 5

Author: David Cannistraci

Year: 1998

Category: Apostles, Leadership

Publisher: Regal Books

ISBN: 0830723382

David has written a book that is an attempt to elucidate and give shape to an understanding of the biblical office of apostle and make an argument for the validity of restoring this office today. I think he has done a good job pointing out the important need for apostles and their ministry as well as clearly outlining the characteristics, work, and authority of the apostles as written about in the New Testament. There wasn’t too much in this book I disagreed with and I would recommend it as a read for any leader in the church.

As I was reading it however I began thinking of my own fellowship (PAOC) and how to some degree while it may not be directly recognized as such (with the term “apostles”) there are men functioning in that role already. We have sectional presbyters (who “oversee” groupings of churches in a district) and regional directors (who oversee groupings of sections in a district) and district superintendents (who oversee a district) and then the General Superintendent (who oversees the districts). I think it might benefit our fellowship more to understand (and perhaps recognize) the role these leaders have as “apostles”.

I also realized as I read this book how little is actually taught in our churches about the office of apostle and yet how important it is to teach. One of the reasons why I picked up this book in the first place was because an experience I had within my own church with a person who was convinced God was calling them to be an apostle. I wasn’t convinced however that this individual correctly understood the purpose of that office. Another thing that stood out was the fact that the individual had never really been in any place of leadership in the church and as such had never been proven. I doubted this person’s motive for seeking that mantle even though he claimed it was to restore the church to it’s “God-given calling”. The thing is, I had no doubt this person really did love God – but unfortunately, their pursuit of this office was misguided. How I wish I had the resource of this book as a companion to my understanding of what the Bible said when counseling this individual – it would have been a good resource to pass on to him as well.

Anyway, in this book, David does a good job of providing some sound counsel for understanding the ministry of apostles and it will be a welcome reference on my bookshelf!

Tags: apostolic movement, apostle, leader, church, ministry, five-fold ministry, David Cannistraci,

Poking around…

I’ve been a bit slower at posting on my blog the last week because I’ve been doing some work “under the hood”.? I’m just one of those geeks who loves tweaking things and seeing what adds to the ‘value’ of my work (in this case YAR).

Things not to do with email…

I came across a post at the “43 Folders” blog (Writing sensible email messages) that has some good pointers on writing useful email messages. I won’t rehash it all here but it got me thinking of some of the things I’ve learned over the years with all the emails I’ve handled (and if you’re anything […]

KaBoom One-Liners (Episode #3)

What are Kaboom One Liners? Go [here] to find out! Alright, the word for this episode is gravid. (grav-id) KaBoom was walking his dog Chachachink (a beagle/daschund cross) down Red Boulevard when he bumped into John Busybody.”Hey KaBoom, did you hear the news about Mr. and Mrs. FightAlot’s separation?” KaBoom did a quick look around […]

Words of Christ?

The Day I Was Crucified Rating: 3 out of 5           Author: Gene Edwards Year: 2005 Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers ISBN: 0768422248 I was given this book to read by a lady in my church. At first from the title I thought it would be a testimonial about someone giving their […]

Power-filled living…

One Holy Fire: Let the Spirit Ignite Your Soul Rating: 4 out of 5           Author: Nicky Cruz Year: 2003 Publisher: WaterBrook Press ISBN: 1578566525 What an inspiring read! In this book Nicky Cruz gives a glimpse into the ups and downs of his experiences as an evangelist in the course […]

Return to Ethierville

My family and I are back from the cottage (was gone the last week) and we had a great time! The fishing was good (between all of us we caught about 4 walleye, 3 pike, and too many perch/sunfish to count), weather wasn’t too hot or cold and overall the time away was very relaxing. […]

The Great Escape…

Nah this isn’t a prison story…were you looking for a prison story? I just wanted to put a note in my blog about me skipping town for a week. My family and I are going to a rented cottage along with my mother, and my sister and her husband (and Aidan their brand-spanking new baby […]