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The Apostolic-Prophetic Movement (AP movement) is a Christian movement of people who believe that they are restoring elements of what they call the Five-Fold Ministry. This movement is rooted in the Charismatic movement, seen in Charismatic, Pentecostal and Third-Wave experience. Prophecy is a major part of the group.
This movement is wide and varied, while some only hold to one of the Three Ecumenical Creeds, the Nicene Creed, as authoritative and part of what they call "historical Christianity," others such as the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) hold to the Apostolic Creed, Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed.
The stated purpose of the AP Movement was to restore the ministries of prophets and apostles to the church. They believe the restoration of these [which?] five ministry gifts was for fulfilling the purpose for which they were given: the equipping and perfecting of the saints in Christ's image and ministry. Prophets and apostles are preparing the saints for their full day of manifesting the Kingdom of God for a witness to every nation.
The movement began in the United States but it quickly spread courtesy of early mass marketing techniques currently used by megachurches and religious corporations today. In the AP movement, Paul Cain demonstrated the function of the office of the prophet. Bill Hamon was the first to introduce the idea of a Prophetic Movement coming and was instrumental in birthing and pioneering the restoration of prophets, especially in the form of the Elijah company of prophets and activating and training the saints in prophetic ministry. John Eckhardt and C. Peter Wagner were prominent figures in pioneering and propagating the Apostolic Movement. After the restoration of apostles began to be propagated, many apostles began coming forth throughout the United States and many nations of the world.The majority of the people who participated and the ministers who preached the AP Movement propaganda came from the former Charismatic Movement churches. The ministry was the preaching of the Word of God accompanied with personal prophecy to individuals. Hundreds of prophets went to numerous nations and prophesied to national leaders. The apostles began manifesting the ministry of the apostle with signs and wonders. The saints were taught and activated in divine healing and working of miracles. Apostolic order for the local church and corporate Body of Christ began to be established, based on the Five-Fold Ministry as described in Ephesians 4. Apostolic church planting was implemented and the true apostles and prophets began to work for the unity of the Church, the restoration of all things, and the promotion of the Kingdom of God.
Bill Hamon and C. Peter Wagner worked together in propagating the Apostolic Movement like how Martin Luther and John Calvin worked together in propagating the Protestant Movement. Bill Hamon had the original vision for the restoration of apostles, but Wagner was the theologian who began to write and give designations for the different types of apostles and their various functions in the body of Christ. The movement was called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which was growing at a rate of nine million people per year. These apostolic churches are the only segment of church that is growing faster than the world population and Islam. According to one source the coalition includes several hundred apostles, across the US and about 40 countries, international training centers, and prayer warriors communication networks in the 58 states and worldwide. C. Peter Wagner, former professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary of World Mission, founder of Global Harvest Ministries and presiding apostle and founder of the International Coalition of Apostles and cofounder of World Prayer Center, played a pivotal role as the leading apostle of the movement from the 1980s to the 2000s.
Seven Mountains Mandate
The 5-fold ministry was initially restored and applied to the religion mountain, whereby five-fold ministers were seen to emerge to equip and raise up the saints. However, it is now being restored and becoming more prevalent across the various spectrums of society as well, under the Seven Mountains Mandate. The goal is then to see a righteous, God-fearing people being raised up and functioning effectively across society, beyond the four walls of the church building, who can bring about a manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. The promotion of these seven mandates is done by marketplace apostles such as Os Hillman and Lance Wallnau, who speak extensively across Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. Speaking on Pat Kings Extreme Prophetic TV broadcast, Lance Wallnau says, "the Seven Mountains are almost a template for spiritual warfare because the church so frequently does not have a language for how it goes about taking territory."In Apostle Bill Hamon's 2010 book titled, Prophetic Scriptures Yet to Be Fulfilled, he describes the fascinating transformation of the seven mountains of culture and how every nation will become either a sheep or a goat nation. In the end, the restoration of all things spoken of by the apostles and prophets will supposedly release Jesus to return and set up His domain over all the earth, as written in the New Testament of the Bible in Acts 3.
In effect, the Church is being restored to the same power, energy, and fullness of faith as that of the Early Church. As more teachers, prophets and apostles are restored back to the body of Christ, the movement is gravitating towards apostolic centers being established in various cities and nations to become a catalyst for the work of transformation globally. In the New Apostolic Reformation, Apostolic Centers are being restored as training centers for equipping and activating the saints (believers) so that they are well equipped for ministry and the works of transformation across the seven mountains of society. These apostolic centers are not pastoral churches, nor are they denominational institutions, but are regarded as being part of a marketplace ministry that are led and governed by the local five-fold ministers. The goal is then to achieve sociologically verifiable transformation of cities (and nations), which is based on standard social scientific measuring equipment, verified by independent professional sociologists, as stated by C. P. Wagner in his book titled, The Church in the Workplace.
Kansas City Prophets
Some of those who shaped the current Apostolic-Prophetic Movement in the United States were based in Kansas City, Missouri and became known as the "Kansas City Prophets." They originated in the late 80s and early 90s originating from Kansas City Fellowship (KCF) whose influence eventually went international. It was overseen by the Pastor of KCF, Mike Bickle. Included in the list of prophetic people were Bob Jones, Paul Cain, Bill Hamon, Larry Randolph, James Goll, Jill Austin,.... Discover the Skye Jethani popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Skye Jethani books.