The latest and present move and rediscovery of the apostolic ministry is accepted to have started back in the early years of 2000, according to many including Dr Peter Wagner. This makes it still a very young and fresh movement; it is much more spread out, recognized and promoted in some countries than others but in any case, there is still a lot of scope for much more growth and future developments in the understanding of it, its maturity, the discovery of practical know-how, the influence it is supposed to have in the Church and the world. Future history is just waiting to be written through it!
The new apostolic movement seems to gather a solid number of people whose lives and ministries have undergone and/or suffered major challenges, shifts, losses, attacks, difficulties and breaking to prepare them for this new move of God. And to be frank, if we have the choice, we’d rather work with broken/restored people than with self-sufficent ones ! It’s far less risky, for we can have no confidence in the flesh!
It is also probable, with all due respect, that the apostolic company looks sometimes in some places like the "speckled or spotted sheep, dark-colored lambs and spotted-speckled goats“ of Jacob in Genesis 30, an unlikely company of people; especially in old Europe which has such a long and deep rooted religious history and in the eyes of religious minded christians, the simple fact of wishing for, praying for and recognizing such an apostolic move can be a stumbling block; to some, these apostolic leaders (and emerging ones) may look like a strange looking group but it is still God’s way of birthing a great and so much needed movement in the 21st century Church to face the challenging times that lie ahead and also the future generations, should the Lord tarry.
Let’s be careful; it’s all too easy to throw away the baby with the bath water and the consequences are obviously too serious to face. The key there again is to not despise the days of small beginnings!
Just in passing, in business and wealth management, it is an accepted fact that if one wants to establish real lasting wealth to be passed on to future generations, one should establish a management plan that reaches at least the third generation to be sustainable. Shorter than that, the risk is very high that the inheritance will not make it to the third generation despite all the efforts of the 1rst generation to accumulate an outstanding amount of wealth. This is how some "old rich families/dynasties“ have established themselves; we then talk of old money often based by the way on real estate, land, precious metals and art.
This is in itelf not strange since God has revealed himself as the God of 3 generations, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; this principle of passing spiritual and physical heritage is scriptural and is found in these texts full of extraordinary promises of blessing and prosperity:
Exodus 3:6 He said also,
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.
"Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, 2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
According to the law that "same beget same“, after it’s own kind, ample time has to be given to the apostolic/prophetic movements to mature, grow, learn in order to better train and replicate themselves into the next generation/s.
We need to work at it and build it in a multi-generational perpsective if we want to see it progress in the right way, so our descendants will able to benefit from „older godly heritage and blessings“ received from their fathers instead of always having to dig up again their fathers’ wells, like Isaac had to do.
Obviously one cannot altogether spare the next generations all the challenges and difficulties which will pertain to them, but as a first generation christian in my own family, I can assure you I wouldn’t have minded to benefit from „older godly heritage and blessings“ instead of having had to plough through so much !
Only with an attitude of grace, patience and a multi-generational perpsective for this apostolic move will we be able to enter in and grasp the greater measure and scope that God has intended to give to it in order to better serve the Church and influence the world.
Dr Wagner wrote a book in 1973 «Look out! The Pentecostals are coming», 40 years later I think today more then ever we can say the same of the New Apostolic Reformation! Will you, your church and ministry be part of it?
The key is to not despise the days of small beginnings !
The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.