The Apostolic Nature of PIH
Partners in Harvest is a global association of autonomous churches and ministries that find unity in our shared vision of revival and our core F.I.R.E. values. Essential to this vision is recognizing the value of each of the ascension roles: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. As a movement we aspire that each of these vital roles have their proper place in our network, in our churches and ministries, and in each member. These roles, given by our Lord, for the equipping and maturing of the Church, are a reflection of Him – the distribution of His ministry set upon those whom He has chosen. The gifts are not to glorify people, but to represent and reproduce Christ in us – His Church.
Partners is by definition an apostolic work. As a network that spans the globe, Partners has a long history of launching new churches and transforming existing ministries. We seek to nurture the apostolic role of Partners by beginning a process of defining and implementing the resources that come with this role. We see the apostolic, not as a lifeless hierarchical structure, but as a life-giving relational influence. We will maintain respect of the autonomy (legally, financially, governmentally, etc.) of each church and ministry. But also ask each member to respect the spiritual and relational authority that comes with those representing the apostolic role recognized by the leadership of Partners in Harvest.
The apostolic influence we envision might be described as a form of spiritual coaching. The invitation to receive this input is implicit upon joining Partners. Just as being born or adopted into a natural family includes coming into relationship with a father, mother and siblings; joining Partners brings you into relationship with spiritual fathers, mothers and siblings. The input from our apostolic leaders may be specifically requested, or sought out, by a church or ministry, or it may be initiated by a leader within PIH, such as a regional coordinator, international coordinator, member of the Global Apostolic Team, or someone appointed by the recognized PIH leadership. Our aim in developing an increase and improvement of the apostolic influence within our network is to better equip and empower local churches and ministries to fulfill their unique calling. Thank you for being part of this amazing revival network that continues to spread the fire of God’s love, presence, and healing, throughout the nations!