KA•DASH - A
Hebrew word meaning holy, consecrated, set apart for His
It is our desire that the Kadash
Network will be a powerful resource for individuals, leaders,
ministries and churches.
What is Apostolic Oversight?
It will be easier to state what apostolic oversight is by first
stating what it IS NOT. In 1st Thessalonians 2:1 the apostle
Paul said, "Our coming to you was not in vain ". The word
"vain" expresses the hollowness of anything, Paul was saying
their work was not void of content or power. This word could
also be translated "empty-handed". Paul was saying "We didn't
come to take something away from you but to bring you
something". This is the heart of apostolic oversight. It has
nothing to do with what the apostle "receives" from the church,
it has everything to do with what apostolic oversight brings to
- Is not a means for personal
kingdom building. The issue is not quantity- "How many
churches do you have in your network?" The issue is the quality
of care you give for the local church and love for the saints.
- Is not primarily about
money, it is not "a pretext for greed" (1Thess.2:5).
Paul denies that he ever used his ministry as a secret means of
enriching himself. Apostolic oversight is not multi-level
marketing for church planters where all resources work their way
to the top
- Is not about human glory
- "I'm Apostle so and so". Paul said, "We have never sought
honor from men, from you or from anybody else " (1Thess.2:6a
Moffat). Paul here is repudiating personal ambition. Paul never
used his preaching to gain the honor, recognition and approval
that men give.
- Is not being in "authority"
over a church. Paul actually did have authority but he
never abused it. The only authority that exists in the church is
"Christ's authority". True apostles are not authoritarian or
controlling. Authority is always to be used for the benefit of
those under it never for the personal benefit of those
True apostolic oversight has to
do with being a "parent” to the church. Seeing the church as a
parent sees children, intent on training children according to
their individual needs. Caring for children is tiring work. Paul
said, "You remember brethren, our labor and toil, laboring
day and night" (1 Thess.2:9). True apostles faithfully
proclaim "The Gospel of God" without alteration or substitution.
Apostolic oversight is
foundational. Paul said "I have laid a foundation and another
builds on it" (1 Cor.3:10). The foundation of a building is
out of sight but it is the key to stability and the growth of
the structure built on it. Many churches today have faulty
foundations and as a result they continually struggle with the
same problems. Jesus Christ himself "is the Chief
Cornerstone" (Eph.2:20). Everything the church is and does
has to be rightly related to Christ, because the church belongs
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