Paul exhorts us to “be submitted to one another (Ephesians 5:21).”
There are specific ministries given to the church – apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic,
pastors and teachers. We are not to be functioning alone without any supportive
These relationships include, among other things, being connected together in common fellowship,
helping one another, ministering to one another and being accountable to one another.
We are all aware of Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 12 that we are the body of Christ
and, as part of that body, each one has different gifts of the Spirit. It also follows
that, as each part of the body is under the headship of Christ, we are directly related to
Being related to each other means that no one is alone and we are to be responsible to each
other. “For no man lives alone and no man dies alone.”
We recognize that God calls people into individual and sometimes unique ministries. We
also recognize the value in the autonomy of the local church. Therefore, it is not our purpose
to develop a ministerial fellowship that in any way interferes with that calling or with the
local church. But it is our purpose to develop a fellowship that can enable, support, help equip
and provide a mutual accountability that gives the called ministry integrity with the Lord and
before the world.