A GATHERING of "5-FOLD" -by Andrew Srom. A few weeks ago I put out an article about something that God has been emphasizing to me lately - the concept of the "WORD and the SPIRIT JOINED" - the concept of Finney-type preaching married with POWERFUL DEMONSTRATION (ie. miracles). Of course, this is extremely Scriptural. I mentioned in that article a brother from Arizona who moves very powerfully in deliverance and healing. His name is Mike Smith and I was able to spend several days ministering with him in Phoenix last week. I have to tell you, this guy has one of the strongest anointings in deliverance that I have yet come across. And there is no "flakiness" either. Mike says that many sicknesses such as cancer, arthritis, "mystery" illnesses, depression, and so-on have "spiritual" causes - and he sees people healed and delivered all the time (-in fact, every day). -I was there and I saw! I tell you - what power there is in the name of Jesus! -And how demons tremble at the blood of the Lamb. If we can just stay humble and allow God to move - what things He will do! Mike and I will be ministering together in several places in coming months - along with others. The Pennsylvania meetings that are being announced today will be the first. -Which brings me to the main point of this article - to talk briefly about the "5-fold", etc. When I was in Phoenix I met up with several other leaders who also see God move in POWER in their ministries. (-These are quite UNKNOWN people - yet they REALLY DO see God move). One is an African preacher who I will likely be accompanying to Africa in February to minister there. Another older couple had taken part in the latter stages of the US "Healing Revival" - and they had many insightful (and sad) stories to tell. Of course, one of the huge problems with the US Healing Revival was that it tended to make "lone superstars" out of the preachers. The "big man" would be the center of attention - and this led to terrible problems behind the scenes - first PRIDE, then rampant sexual sin and alcoholism and greed, etc. -Awful. These were big reasons why that movement fell apart so badly. Which leads into today's topic - "A GATHERING of 5-FOLD". This is something that God has really been laying on my heart lately - the concept of "TEAMWORK" rather than the "one man superstar". -The concept of God using TEAMS of 5-fold ministries who all complement one another - each of them a 'specialist' in one or two particular areas. Imagine a Revival like that!! -The WORD and the SPIRIT JOINED. I have to tell you - I don't know ANY preachers in America today who I feel walk in FULL APOSTLE-SHIP like we see in the Bible. But I do know several who walk in ONE PARTICULAR ASPECT of that kind of anointing. What if you bring all those different aspects together? -I believe you would have FULL NEW TESTAMENT MINISTRY going on - and perhaps even the beginnings of Revival. And right now it is certainly on my heart to move in that direction. Can you imagine if the coming Revival is built on "APOSTOLIC TEAMS" like that? -No "lone superstars", but rather teams of 5-fold ministers who are more like a "family" - giving place to one another - respecting one another's giftings, etc. -A lot more 'HUMBLE' than the one-man-show we have been used to. But very powerful and truly GLORIFYING TO GOD. If we can just get past our petty JEALOUSIES of "who has more anointing" and "who is getting the most attention", etc, and simply gather together in 5-FOLD TEAMS to minister - what a powerful testimony that would be! And how real UNITY like that would bring the blessing of God. This is certainly the direction I feel led to explore right now - and in fact we are already heading down that path. I would love to hear people's comments on this - as I am quite excited about it. Please keep us in your prayers regarding all this, my friends. PRAYER is so important right now. (Please send comments to - prophetic@... ) God bless you all. Andrew Strom.