Qualification of an Apostle

Certain qualifications apply to all apostles, regardless of the different ministries or activities that may have been assigned to them by God. They include:

Extraordinary Character

Apostles fulfill the leadership requirements outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. They take seriously the warning of James 3:1 that they will be judged with a stricter judgment than most other believers. They are holy (l Peter 1:15).

Humility

Jesus said that only those who humble themselves will be exalted. Since apostles are exalted by God (See 1 Cor. 12:28), they must be humble in order to qualify.

Leadership

Not all leaders are apostles, but all apostles are leaders. Apostles must have followers to verify their leadership role.

Authority

The characteristic that most distinguishes apostles from other members of the body of Christ is the authority that comes part and parcel with the gift of apostle. They gain their authority through fatherhood, not through arrogance or imposition.

Integrity

Apostles are expected to display the integrity that will cause them to be “blameless” (1 Tim. 3:2) and “have a good testimony among those who are outside” (1 Tim. 3:7).

Wisdom

True apostleship does not come without maturity, and maturity brings wisdom. Apostles have the God-given ability to see the big picture and to help others find their place in God’s plan.

Prayer

While not all apostles would be intercessors per se, all have close contact with God through a disciplined and effective prayer life (Acts 6:4).