Having established the foundation and 7 key pillars of our unity, the Holy Spirit moves Paul to write about how we come to experience and grow in those things as local communities of believers. Essential to this growth is the role of people Christ gives as gifts to the churches for that purpose: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. However there is some debate about the first two groups of people and their role in the church today. We follow the train of thought through the letter to the Ephesians as well as the general usage of these terms and those roles in New Testament times to discover that the ministry of apostles and prophets is as essential today as ever, but possibly not in the form that some groups teach.

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