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After years of building churches one way, we are all of a sudden confronted with a new and better way. In order for churches to shift, there must be a shift in leadership. The leaders of the church must make the shift into a new order of ministry. This is a paradigm shift. A paradigm is an example serving as a model. The model for building churches is changing. Even the world knows the importance of shifting. Economies must shift to continue to grow. We have shifted from the industrial age to the communication age.

Prophecy is an integral part of building the Church. When we build people, we build the Church. Prophecy will strengthen believers, giving them the necessary strength to move into apostolic ministry. It strengthens and builds the spirits of the people. People with strong spirits will be able to transition and move into the fullness of what the Lord is releasing. I cannot overemphasize the importance of prophecy. Churches should excel in it (1 Corinthians 14:12). To excel means to do extremely well.

Teaching must be in the Church, and teachers must be released, but teaching should not be the dominant anointing of the Church. The apostolic spirit should be the foremost and primary spirit of the Church. We should be first and foremost sent ones. The same is true concerning the prophetic ministry. This ministry is mentioned as being second in the church. With the restoration of the teaching ministry in the seventies and eighties, we saw an emphasis on teaching. Many, however, did not add on the prophetic ministry when it was being restored in the eighties and early nineties.

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