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The “Structure” of Liberty Church
We are a local church which endeavours to conform to the New Testament pattern for church government as best we understand it. We believe that in the New Testament there are no denominations, nor even fellowships of churches. Rather there are autonomous local churches, eldership led, which relate to an apostolic team. Examples of such can be found in Acts 4:35, Acts 11:27-30, Acts 20:13-17 and Galatians 4:17-20.
Relating to Apostolic Team Ministry
God is at work world-wide restoring His church to conform to the pattern laid down in the New Testament. Central to this process is the restoration of the five-fold ministry referred to in Ephesians 4:11,12: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” In recent years we have seen the re-emergence of the offices of teacher, pastor, evangelist, prophet and most recently, apostle.
The word ‘apostle’ means ‘the one who is sent.’ Apostles are men set apart by God who, having a proven track record in local church leadership, are recognised and released by the church into a wider, translocal ministry. The ultimate goal of their ministry is the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt 28:19). Larry Tomczak puts it this way, “Apostles are men given as gifts by the ascended Christ for the ongoing building of His church.”
An apostle will gather around him a team of anointed men to assist him in his work. Such teams will, ideally, contain men from each of the five-fold ministries so that together they will prepare God’s people for the works of service. To quote Larry Tomczak again, “It is a group of Ephesians 4:11 men, each based in a local church, who labour together in establishing new churches and oversee the rebuilding and ongoing development of existing churches. ….. This team of envisioned men seeks to establish New Testament churches where God’s redeemed people, under the loving oversight of a plurality of leaders, are ‘built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit'”. (Eph 2:22)
What do Apostolic Teams Do?
Evangelise – Paul was constantly looking for new areas to proclaim the gospel. Plant and lay foundations into local churches, setting them into biblical order. Ephesians 2:20 tells us that the church should be ” built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone”.
Ordain elders – it is only apostles or delegated men from an apostolic team who can perform this function. “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church”(Acts 14:23). “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you (Titus 1:5).
Bring prophetic or visionary revelation and understanding to God’s people. Apostolic ministry into local churches helps equip, unify and mature the believers. As we saw above, in Ephesians 4:11-13, the work of the five fold ministry is to “prepare God’s people for works of service… until we all reach unity in the faith and… become mature.”
Play a parenting role in the local church, guiding, encouraging, correcting, loving, bringing it to maturity.” For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, urging you to live lives worthy of God” (1Thes 2:11). “I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” (1 Cor 4:14-16).
Our Global Village
We believe that we are called to minister the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the neighbour as well as the nations. As a result, we are involved in various communities and other ministries both local and further afield. Our understanding of the term or usage of the word “nations” in the bible is not only that which we call nations or countries around the world, but also in a more localised context – areas of influence or specific groups of people and communities. From this understanding we have launched many local ministries including hospital visits, counseling programmes, children’s outreach, feeding schemes to name but a few. There is a calling of God on each one of our lives and at LibertyChurch we believe there is a place for you to fit in and express that which God has gifted you in.
New Covenant Ministries International – NCMI
The apostolic team we relate to is headed by Tyrone Daniel. These men and women are drawn from many different nations. The composition of the team is constantly changing due to the changing functions of the individuals who make up the team, and also because of growth and expansion (i.e. the team is organic!).
The relationship which exists between the members of the team is one of ‘friendship before function’ it is a relationship rather than an organisation. The team has no headquarters, is not broken down into regional hierarchies, and does not own one square inch of property. The ministry of each team member is financed by the local church out of which he comes. Furthermore, local churches give freewill offerings (at their complete discretion) to the team fund. The team eventually adopted the official name New Covenant Ministries International simply in order to be able to carry on the financial business of the ministry, such as running bank accounts, making travel reservations, etc. NB. NCMI is not the name of another denomination or movement. It is simply the name (required by officialdom) of the apostolic team. This Liberty Church is not a church in the NCMI denomination. We are an autonomous local church relating to an apostolic team called NCMI. You will begin to appreciate the significance of this as time goes by.
Each of the men on the apostolic team is attached to a home base church where he is accountable and there is also a mutual accountability within the team.
The local churches which relate to NCMI are spread over many countries and this number is growing constantly. Leadership training times are held in Australia, Asia, England, Holland, India, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, and the USA, to mention just a few. Members of relating local churches (i.e. you!) are encouraged to attend these leadership training times in their own countries as well as, if at all possible, those held in other parts of the world.