Fivefold Apostolic School Training

This school exists specifically to help train every believer who wishes to be equipped to carry out ministry effectively. It is available to all true believers who desire to work for the Lord and includes all levels of ministry.

Apostolic Ministry involves all aspects of ministry contained in the Fivefold Ministry, so it is the most comprehensive ministry training of all.

Who Can Apply?

If you believe that you have a ministry calling then this school will provide everything you need to not only establish what ministry you should be doing, but also provide all the training needed for you to fulfill that ministry calling.

Apostolic Ministry embraces all of the main fivefold ministries so no matter which ministry you are carrying out, you are fulfilling some of the Apostolic Ministry Calling. Some will only embrace one or more of these ministries, but others will embrace all of them and move up into full Apostolic Function.

So no matter where you are in your ministry experience, this school contains everything that you will need to find your place and successfully rise up as a minister for the Lord.

A Change in Training Method

This school replaces the original Fivefold Training Schools, which were designed specifically for those who wish to be trained for a specific ministry in the Fivefold Ministries.

The previous schools offered specialized training for each of the Fivefold Ministry following a fixed schedule. It was based on the idea that if a person felt they were called to a specific Fivefold Ministry, they should be trained specifically for that calling.

Experience with training students over time using this method often showed that most students who thought they were called to a specific Fivefold Ministry eventually discovered that their calling embraced much more than this.

This is a result of a common misconception in the Body of Christ, that a person is called to a specific Fivefold Ministry. We have discovered, however, that there is a distinction between a ministry and a calling. And although many are led by the Lord to engage in some of the Fivefold Ministries, this is not their ultimate calling.

We now have learned and are teaching, that ministry is only a means of fulfilling a calling. A person’s calling can never be limited to or restricted by one or more of the functions of the Fivefold Ministry.

The Apostle, for example, when fully qualified should be able to function in any of the Fivefold Ministries. And it often takes some time before it is clear which of the Fivefold Ministries should be involved in a person’s calling.

For this reason, the Lord instructed Apostle Les D. Crause to establish a new way of training His ministers. And each person is assessed as they progress through their training to see which ministries they should be concentrating on.

Many will never rise up into full-time ministry or qualify to function in some of the higher-level offices of the Fivefold Ministry. Others will qualify in more than one of these and have a more extensive ministry.

Usually, these things only become apparent after some exposure to ministry and experience in working for the Lord. And often students who start out being trained for one ministry end up finding they need training in some of the others also. But they are now confined to one ministry curriculum and are locked in.

The Old Way of Training Apostles

The old way of training, using a fixed curriculum leading to a degree qualification in one of the Fivefold Ministries is still very popular in many circles, but we have decided to drop that method of training in favor of this new and better way.

If you wish to know how this came about, we suggest you go to the page titled History on this website, where you can read the full story of Apostle Les’s experiences in training the Fivefold Ministry.

The New Way of Training Apostles

The new way of training ministers is somewhat different from the old way that we used to train.

Professional Qualification Is Not The Main Goal

Firstly, we have removed the element of professionalism and education from our training. We are not going to qualify you for a ministry or office.

You will be qualified by the Holy Spirit for each level that you attain in your training. So it is up to you to pass any tests that the Lord gives you, not tests that you are given in your studies.

Certificates will be issued in recognition of the completion of our curriculum, but these are given only in recognition of your perseverance in your studies, not of your readiness to do the work of the ministry.

Additional Access To Other Fivefold School Courses

Where a student is seen to lack knowledge or experience in some of the other Fivefold Ministries and is not yet ready to proceed at the higher apostolic level, we will give them access to additional courses in the other ministries to catch them up to speed.

There will be no additional cost for this, and they will not be required to complete a full curriculum in the other Fivefold Ministry schools. They will simply been given access to relevant courses in the other schools to make their Apostolic Training complete.

The Final Result

You will be given everything you need to rise up to the highest level in ministry, which is Apostolic Ministry. But this does not mean you are called to the Apostolic Office. The training simply equips you to carry out all kinds of ministry activities in preparation for your own unique calling in the Body of Christ.

Live Interaction From a Distance

The arrival of the Covid19 pandemic necessitated using online resources to reach people who were not able to gather together in one place to receive training.

Although live training enabled us to interact more closely with students, we were still limited where students could not attend live classes, and where students lived somewhere else.

We had to find a way of ministering personally to students without being physically close to them. And as you will read on our History page, we found such a resource in the use of WhatsApp, which enabled us to interact with several students together, as well as individual students.

The fact that this medium is primarily done using text also extends the reach of our training. We can now reach folks worldwide, including those who are limited in their data allowance. For those who do have a better internet connection, lectures are made available in video and audio format.

But we found that much can be accomplished using just text. And this way of giving lectures has the following advantage over all other formal ways of teaching:

a. Students receive lectures a sentence at a time, giving them time to absorb what is being taught and to think about it.

b. Students can also make comments and questions while the lecture is being given, and thus learn individually even though they are in a group.

c. The contents of all text delivered during the live lesson are made available afterward for students to review what was given and said. They also have a record on WhatsApp of any personal ministry offered.

Interaction Between Students Promotes Fellowship

Students get to know each other through their interactions in the class and begin to develop a close bond with each other. There are no barriers to distance in this, and students from around the world get to meet each other.

Also, students have the liberty to contact the lecturer personally at any time for personal ministry.

Two Live Lectures Per Week

Since students live in different time zones, we hold our WhatsApp live classes on Saturdays each week. Classes are held at a time that corresponds with evening classes in the Eastern countries of Africa and Europe, and classes during the day in the USA and other Western time zones.

Where students are unable to attend the WhatsApp sessions live, they may catch up afterward by reading the text of the chat, which will be made available online.

No Examinations or Qualifications Needed

This method of training is 100% practical rather than theoretical, but students will be required to submit assignments for marking for us to monitor their progress. They will also need to submit a final thesis for each main subject before moving on to the next subject.

The whole purpose of their studies is to learn practically how to carry out their ministry. And they can take what they have learned during training sessions and apply them immediately to their ministry activities.

You May Enroll in GBM Apostolic School At Any Time

Since there is no time-oriented curriculum for students to follow, anyone may apply to commence training at any time. And they are free to study at their own pace instead of being tied to a study schedule.

You are free to apply as a member of this school by completing the Student Application form, which you will find here:

Student Application for GBM Apostolic Ministry School

Mentorship, Discipleship, Spiritual Parenting, and Affiliation

The method of studying presented in this school naturally leads to a form of mentorship with students. And those who wish to enter into a closer relationship with us will be invited into such a relationship when they show interest and potential to receive more attention.

Ultimately those wishing to run their own ministry will be able to be affiliated with Global Business Ministries and those who qualify for it will be offered Ministerial Credentials with GBMI.

We are here to help you fulfill the calling in your life, and will do whatever is necessary to get you fully launched into your own ministry.

If You Are Married

Special conditions apply to those who are married because the responsibilities of marriage and ministry often lead to married believers being pulled in different directions.

We have included. a page explaining the problems associated with marriage and ministry. You can find it on the main menu, or go directly there using. the following link:

Marriage and Ministry