What is an apostolic movement or family? Across the world, the Holy Spirit is stirring God’s people to recognise the ministry of apostles and prophets as foundational in the church. An apostolic movement develops when leaders and churches are connected with an apostolic ministry.
There is a growing family gathering around the apostolic ministries emerging in the Movement, led by Steve Uppal. Apostolic ministry means being called, like the many and varied apostles both in the New Testament and throughout church history, to plant churches and to be a father or a master-builder to churches and pastors. Part of the ministry is to break open new ground. Another aspect is to provide covering or a spiritual foundation as a spiritual father to leaders and whole churches.
The closest connection in the network is those congregations that are established by All Nations or choose to become part of the one church. All Nations is becoming a multi-site church with a number of congregations, some for different language or ability groups and some geographical.
There are also a number of pastors and leaders looking to Pastor Steve for wisdom, encouragement and direction, and churches are becoming committed as part of the network while remaining separate churches.
The network is developing slowly and steadily because Pastor Steve’s main concern is that it should be a relational network. His aim is to build a network that truly reflects the New Testament emphasis on local churches and apostolic teams being built on relationships formed by the Holy Spirit rather than on function or ministry. He is drawing together a team, and currently Rick Kaul, Lawrence Neisent, Henry Ita, Akhtar Shah and Chris Horton assist him in various ways with the movement.
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