The Four Faces of Ministry ( The Man, Lion, Ox, and Eagle)

A.postolic  R.egional  M.inistry (ARM)  is the hallmark of the “wheel within the wheel.”  It shows the multiplicity of ministry through the four faces of the living creatures  in Ezekiel’s vision of a 1) man, 2) lion, 3) ox, and 4) eagle.  Interesting, each had the face of a man, each one the lion on the right side, and an ox on the left side, and each had the face of the eagle.

Many well respected theologians, including the late Judson Cornwall, who was more than a theologian and scholar, but a spiritual leader, linked what we call the “Fivefold” ministry to these “four faces”, referring to the “pastor-teacher” as one gift, hence the “fourfold ministry!  In Eph. 4:11 in the original, there is no comma between pastor(shepherd) and teacher, as there is in the rest.

When Barnabas and Saul were set apart into their apostolic commission in Acts 13, it involved going into cities and regions with an apostolic company.  Acts 13:13-  Now when Paul and his company (party) set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia;  and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 

The varied faces of the man, lion, ox, and eagle represents these ministries, and still does no damage to refer to the five facets of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.  The common understanding is a “pastor must be able to teach, but a teacher does not necessarily pastor.”  But the principle in scripture (Acts 1:1) is “doing and teaching”, not either/or!  It we teach we must do (practice what we teach), and if we do (the work of), we must be able to explain how we do it!

Ezekiel 1:5,6a-  Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures.  And this was their appearance;  THEY HAD THE LIKENESS OF A MAN.  Each one had four faces,…



Caught part of an interview with a young man named “Daniel Kolenda” last night, the successor to  Reinhard Bonnke, the great evangelist to Africa and founder of ” Christ for all Nations.”  (CFAN)
He was sharing how he was called to be a spiritual son to Bonnke, and with no connection naturally such as a family member, beginning in the mail room at the ministry warehouse, Bonnke became his Father …in ministry!
I shared last week on the verse in I Co. 4:15 concerning YOU HAVE NOT MANY FATHERS!  The Father/Son order has been just as controversial or more than the so-called “hyper Grace” message.  I have been praying about writing on this, and felt confirmation to this last night.
I. Co 4:15-  For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers;  for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  ( I became your father through the gospel.)
Was Paul saying, a ministry son can have more than one spiritual father, or was he saying there are not enough fathers in succession to build generationally?  In the text of the scriptures, Paul is addressing the church at Corinth as being birthed in Father/Son order because he was sending Timothy his son, who will remind them of his ways in Christ, as he teaches everywhere in every church.  (Vs. 17)
It seems that many do still not get this passage, you can have many instructors ( mentors/tutors) who can influence you in ministry, but if you are called as a “ministry son” to a spiritual father, you will be birthed, trained, equipped, and empowered through that father to fulfill your ministry! 
Today men change spiritual fathers like people change churches, getting upset over something the pastor does!  I have been impacted by “other” spiritual fathers, but I have “one” ministry father!  The reason we do not have “many fathers” is because we have not been built on the proper foundation of apostles and prophets, and we have not had fathers in succession because of the lack of synergy in fathers and sons to pass the generational blessing to the third, even the fourth generation. 
2 Tim. 2:2-  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit (entrust) these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 
(I know there could be much discussion on this, please keep your comments positive, even if you disagree.  No debate desired by this post, but do feel free to share your thoughts or differences!)
Thanks,  JB.