Moving on From Operating in Gifts

Written by Jane Johnson

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I see there has been a lot of misunderstanding about the role of gifts in the church today. Some call for the 5 fold gifts to return as many don’t really operate referring to the apostolic gifting or prophetic. But there are many more gifts mentioned in the bible. Assuming there are not generally gifts / functions that we must all work out, leads us to operate at a lower level.

INTERCESSION – we are all called to stand in the gap that is why understanding the courts is important for us all and to come into agreement with others around the heavenly blueprint (not declaring this or that). It is priesthood of all believers not just a few.


We move towards operating in the four faces of God – lion, ox, man, eagle, which represents the prophetic (ox) apostolic (eagle), Priestley (man ) and Kingly/strategic (lion).

So we must all be oracles speaking from the heavenly blueprint we see in heaven (moving away from prophetic which sees in the outer court).


Apostolic function (often identifies with the eagle) and flies high seeing the big picture. Moving away from thinking that apostles plant churches (we were called to make disciples not plant churches).

The early  Apostles never provided a covering but assisted facilitators in developing ecclesias. So it is good to seek help when establishing a local ecclesia.


We are all called to share our faith not a few specialists.

(See Redefining Evangelism page for further dialogue on this) 

DISCIPLE MAKING – Jesus key command was go and make disciples (Matt 28:19). This is for everyone not pastors or a few with that passion. We will not reach the world without multiplication and just adding people into the church will not mathematically reach the world.

(See our page spiritual addition versus multiplication)

LEADERSHIP is servant hearted, not running an organisation but facilitating scrolls and networking of people to connect and showing the heavenly blueprint. There is no senior pastor role in the bible nor are there paid salaries for ministry.

PASTORING – this was never meant to imply a paid or unpaid role for a pastor but the function of caring for the body which is part of the calling of making disciples. Taking a ministry into the church causes us to isolate from society too and not be a witness when many professional bodies perform a more excellent service and we are then present in the marketplace.


The root meaning  of teaching is debating not preaching from a pulpit. Jesus allowed dialogue and questioning. People don’t learn well just listening. Society knows that. Learning on the job reinforced by accountability are the most effective ways to learn. Seeing things in writing increases retention that is why I do a lot of written pages summarising. If we do not apply what we hear within a few weeks the anointing on that will be lost.


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Professional Pictures 043CEO. Jane Johnson B.Com Grad Dip LD, Dip Coaching.

Founder of the ECCLESIA framework in 2013, and the Heavenly Realms Support Group. Jane has worked in many different leadership capacities from being a professionally qualified Christian Leadership Coach for 13 years to many Christian leaders, to leading a ministry with the Navigators, to being a Senior Learning and Development Manager of a multimillion corporation, advising the management team on strategic approaches to get the best out of their people. She has developed considerable experience with Investors in People taking several companies through to successful accreditation and training as a consultant for them. Hence she understands the amazing impact a tool based on this principle can have.

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