Comparison of Congregation Verses Apostolic Center

This was such   good teaching I decidedd to post my notes from listeing to it. May we all gain understanding.

Comparisons of

Congregation Church to Apostolic Center

By Peter Wagner Sept 2012

The Apostolic reformation is now growing faster than the world population. This movement actually started in Africa around 1900 as churches moved from denominational oversight to independent African Churches. Current Apostolic Kingdom Centers are moving to the forefront to become places of regional impact. Denominational structures are territorial. Apostolic Centers are regional. Apostolic Centers are hubs for other like faith churches and ministries. All things in the following charts are not black and white but are Peter Wagner’s observations of ideals and patterns that have emerged.

Congregation (typical church)

Apostolic Center (Ecclesia)

Name

Reflects inward dynamic

Reflects outward dynamic

Government

Pastor    – cares for needs

Apostle – mobilizes people

 

Elders supervise the pastor

Final authority a group

Elders support the Apostle

Final authority – Apostle

 

Little authority designated to people

Large amounts of authority designated   to people.

Staff

Pastors and teachers

Apostle Prophet Pastors teachers evangelist

 

Pastor Employee

Apostle lifetime leader

 

Leadership style is conformity

Leadership style is creativity

 

Rules/ followers

Expression/ risk takers

 

Tries to not make mistakes

Plans for mistakes

 

Mono Task

Multitask

 

One speaker

Many speakers

Focus

On the congregation

On the kingdom

 

Self and the structure

People connected with the kingdom

 

Self centered = small vision

Kingdom centered = large vision

 

One mountain forming culture –   religious

All 7 mountains forming culture

 

Pastor supports the church

Center supports the Apostle

Operation  

All social expectations must be meet,   worship, prayer, care, etc. This comes natural.

All social expectations must be meet,   worship, prayer, care, etc. This must be worked at.

 

Fellowship groups

Ecclesia, legislative body

Profile

More passive and peaceful, weaker

More aggressive and stronger

Prayer

Petition, self needs

Decreeing and Kingdom needs

 

Avoid demonic confrontation

Creates demonic confrontation

Worship

Intimacy, bedroom type, loveaholics

Throne room, productive, workaholics

 

Planned out, love songs

Free flowing Throne room songs

 

Feminine

Masculine

Revelation

Interpret the written word

Written word and prophecy

Money

Maintenance decided by committee

Advancement decided by apostle

Training

Saints trained to fit into program

Saints trained to find destiny

 

Jobs assigned by gift

Gift creates opportunity

Joining

By people you meet

By common vision

 

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