Apostolic Network

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NASB)

photo-apostolic-networkOur Mission

Vanguard Ministries is an apostolic company of leaders and churches committed to innovative equipping, strategic partnerships and life-giving relationships to impact their world.

Background

While pastoring local churches for 28 years, Bobby Hill realized how lonely it can be to lead a church with no spiritual covering, limited strategic resources, and no one to stand with you during times of adversity or crisis. “I always knew I wanted to find something bigger than myself or my church to be a part of, but it was difficult finding the right match with my own values and ministry philosophy,” expressed Dr. Hill. After years of searching and struggling to learn how to be fruitful in planting and building local churches and ministries, he felt a calling to build a network to address this need that is shared by many ministry leaders around the world. Vanguard Ministries was birthed in 1998 out of the successful multi-campus church, New Life Christian Fellowship in Chesapeake/Virginia Beach area of Virginia.

What is an Apostolic Network?

Today, Dr. Bobby Hill leads the network he founded as it seeks to connect, resource, and equip leaders and churches to fulfill their God-given destiny. What is an “apostolic network”? Dr. Peter Wagner explains, “the new wineskin that God has designed for the church in the 21st century is what I call an Apostolic Reformation (other people have other terms for it).One of the most dramatic changes in the church world today is the recognition by the body of Christ of the gift and office of the apostle. We now realize that an apostle is a contemporary gift and always has been, or should have been. Apostles are being set in place in the body of Christ so they may function correctly bringing the church to full maturity.”

The most authentic form of New Testament apostleship is the formation of apostolic networks, which are God’s new wineskins for what used to be denominations. So, it is a way for churches, ministries, pastors and church leaders to coordinate the ministry God has given to them under a structure. This is not a bureaucratic structure, and it is not based on legal rules, but it is based on personal relationships.

God is doing a new and fresh thing today just as Isaiah predicted (“Behold, I am doing a new thing.” Is. 43:19). VM is a small part of this new thing in the earth.