of Revival Ministries Australia
REVIVAL MINISTRIES AUSTRALIA LTD
AS AT – OCTOBER 14th 2009
The establishment of these
by-laws will address and cover issues pertaining
to the internal management and operation of Revival
[RMA] which now is outworked through SHILOH Apostolic
Company, and the setting in place of policies
and procedures regarding the apostolic company
and its mission, ordination and affiliate fellowships
The Board of Directors may
from time to time make, amend or repeal by-laws
not inconsistent with the constitutional document,
and any By-law may be set aside by a general meeting
of the company.
- What we believe – our
Statement of Faith
- The Establishment of Fellowships
- Steps of Ministry in obeying
the Great Commission and establishing NT churches
- Guidelines for becoming
a member of SHILOH Apostolic Company
- Guidelines for the conduct
- Oversight and Covering
of the Apostolic Company
- Guidelines for Ordination/Commissioning
- Guidelines for the Affiliation
of Fellowships and Ministries
- Apostolic Council
- A Fellowship for Ministers
- Policy for relationship
with Overseas Ministries and Churches
WE BELIEVE – OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH:
Authority of Scripture
We accept the Bible as the
full revelation of Jesus Christ and seek to approve
all things according to the Word of God.
We are committed to believing God to fulfil
every promise contained in Scripture. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Lordship of Jesus Christ
We discover our relationship
with God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ
only and seek to serve Jesus as Lord through the
whole of our lives. (Acts
Power of the Holy Spirit
We seek the empowering of the
Holy Spirit as essential enablement for ministry
that bears witness to Jesus.
We seek to develop in the operation of
all the gifts and graces of the Spirit given by
God as supernatural equipment for the on-going
ministry of Jesus through us.
(Acts 1:8, 1 Cor.12:7-11, 2 Cor.3:2-6)
of Jesus to Make Disciples
We are committed to fulfil
the great commission given by Jesus to the church,
to preach the gospel to every person, seeking
to draw them to become His disciples. Once a person
has been baptized, they are to be taught the word
until they are able to teach others. This is the
way of discipleship. (Matthew
28:18-20, Heb.5:12-6:3, 2Tim.2:2)
of the Apostolic Ministry
We value the ministries of
the apostolic church as seen in the book of Acts,
and seek the restoration of the five (5) fold
We desire to see the Body of Christ equipped
to exercise these ministries through the power
of the Holy Spirit until the church comes to maturity.
Specifically, the church has been given “grace
and apostleship for obedience to the faith among
all nations for His name” Rom.1:5.
2:20, 3:5, 4:11-13)
of the Spirit and Unity of the Faith
As part of the Body of Christ
we seek the unity of the Spirit with every believer,
and unity of the faith with all churches that
confess faith in Jesus Christ. We desire to co-operate with the churches in
our region, throughout Australia
and overseas in order to proclaim the gospel to
every person. (John 17:21, Eph. 4:3 and 13)
We value worship, as we seek
to respond to God’s desire for a people who worship
Him in spirit and in truth. “For we are the circumcision,
who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” Phil.3:3. (John 4:23-24)
We are committed to becoming
like Jesus. This is only possible through the
revelation of the mystery of God’s glory in the
saints, with is “Christ in you the hope of glory”
Col.1:27. We desire that our personal
lives and our relationships generally will reflect
more and more of His character. (1
Peter 1:15-16, Rom.8:29-30, 2 Pet.1:4)
for All People
We are committed to ensuring
that the teaching of Scripture is available to
all people regardless of status and circumstances
– to fulfil the command of Christ to “preach the
gospel to all creation” including those special
people in God’s sight whom the Bible refers to
as “the poor”, also includes the widow and the
orphan. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 11:5, Ja.1:27)
We recognise marriage and the
family as the fundamental basis for society. We are committed to faithfulness in marriage
and biblical training of children in the family.
ESTABLISHMENT of CHURCHES and OUTREACHES:
Revival Ministries Australia
and our church body are fully constituted in Australia.
Paul Galligan has marriage
celebrant status as a minister of SHILOH Christian
The Board of Revival Ministries Australia Ltd has appointed
Paul Galligan, an apostle, to be the overseeing
minister of Revival Ministries Australia which includes SHILOH Christian
Revival Ministries Australia, SHILOH Christian Fellowship
and associated fellowships and house churches
function together as SHILOH Apostolic Company.
An eldership has
emerged in SHILOH Apostolic Company and we are
learning how to function as a team and how to
receive the various gifts that Christ has deposited
in the elders/leadership team.
A number of other
ministers have been ordained and have joined the
ministry team, working in the local churches [meeting
in houses] and church plants. The apostolic ministry
to the nation is largely through ministry into
house churches but also to interested ministers
and brethren functioning in local churches. Teams
go out from SHILOH in Toowoomba to minister in house churches and fellowship
meetings on a regular basis.
The apostolic ministry
goes forth to the nations through teams going
on mission regularly, through ongoing communications
and the supply of teaching materials.
The Apostolic ministry will from time to time establish
churches and outreaches, or oversee the establishment
of churches, as part of its mandate to preach
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout
and the world.
This has taken place
in two different ways: firstly, a Pastor to plant
the church in a new place under the oversight
of the apostolic ministry; secondly, saints begin to meet together in a home under
the oversight of the apostolic ministry. In the
case of saints forming the church, it is the responsibility
of the apostolic ministry to appoint an elder
for that church in due time.
SHILOH Apostolic Company while based in Toowoomba includes
members across Australia
who are meeting in house churches and fellowships,
and others who are more isolated but who receive
apostolic teams from SHILOH
and host meetings in their local area.
In the local area of Toowoomba there are functioning
house churches who meet on Sundays and at other
times. There are functioning elders who oversee
and shepherd the flock of God under the oversight
of the apostolic ministry.
Community weekends: once a month the house churches
come together for training, for celebration, and
for the experience of being part of a larger functioning
Christian community that has a common vision to
reach out within Australia
and overseas. There are special ministries on
the Friday night, training sessions on the Saturday
and a double church service on Sunday morning,
culminating in a fellowship meal.
Through the functioning of the house churches and the
availability of ongoing training through the apostolic
centre [Thursday Bible School,
monthly training days, six monthly training schools
– three weeks duration], new ministries emerge.
Saints begin to do the work of the ministry and
their particular gifting and grace comes forth.
Sometimes this leads a person into part-time and
then into full-time ministry work.
STEPS of MINISTRY
in OBEYING THE GREAT COMMISSION and ESTABLISHING
NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES:
Prayer: Two or three or more gathering together; this
is the place to begin. Prayer must be entered
into consistently until the Lord returns;
Hebrews 11:6 promises rewards for those
who diligently seek the Lord.
Matthew 18:18-20 when we agree together concerning
the will of the Lord, that is, to preach the gospel
to the people that live around us, the Father
will act on our behalf.
So what are we agreeing
to obey Jesus’ command to share the gospel;
to ask God for souls;
to pray for them by name as God gives the contacts.
to pray for the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers
Evangelism: the action that
comes out of prayer; the Lord will direct!
It is His work!
In many cases you will actually be planting
of the prayer, God will lead you to invite people
to a meal or to coffee or to a home meeting, or
there maybe a chance meeting at the shopping centre,
or a God ordained conversation with your neighbour.
The goal is to share Christ with them.
If we are faithful in prayer then this
strategy will not fail. God will give “divine
appointments” that are exciting, meaningful and
is time to witness!
The people of this nation are being prepared
by God. It
is time to win souls!
God has released the resources to train
the saints in soul winning.
Nurture: prepare for growth,
have follow up courses ready to function; the
‘Foundations of our Faith’ manual and other basic
teaching manuals are available and very useful.
The key to taking new Christians on in the Lord
is to be functioning as a New Testament church,
doing the “first works”, abiding in “first
enjoying the presence and power of the risen Lord
in the midst, (Rev.
as illustrated in Acts 2:42-47. Foundations are taught and healing and restoration
is ministered in nurture groups and individually.
Discipling: a specific discipline
to lead people to be disciples of the Word; “teach them to do all that I have
taught you!” (Matt. 28:20) “Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col
discipleship classes based on personal accountability
to read, memorise and study God’s word, to witness,
to pray for the lost; teaching and training through
a Thursday morning class; monthly training days
and schools. The goal is: each person becomes
a disciple of the Word.
Training and Equipping: fulfilling the role of the ministry by bringing all the new members into
effective ministry (Eph.4:12). This includes experience on ministry teams both
and overseas. The emphasis is “on the job” training.
Various seminars and courses are available – ministries
have been raised up to meet this need. Short-term
training schools are also available.
Church Planting: sending out the
trained and equipped; we
are not here to grow churches but to plant new
ones as a result of preaching the gospel to the
lost. This may mean doing some outreach, coordinating
a prayer fellowship that will lead into winning
the lost, hosting meetings where the lost and
the broken are gathered in and ministered to.
Emergence of New
releasing the new ministries that the Lord is
raising up. As the church functions in New Testament ministries,
abiding in first love and doing the first works,
the Lord will add to such a church those who are
being saved. Every
saint, new and old will naturally and supernaturally
in the Lord grow and function.
Some will emerge as ascension gift ministers
4:11); others in various other gifts and
Guidelines to become a member of SHILOH
is no particular form of church membership as
such. In 1 Cor.12:12-30 Paul is discussing
the church which is the body of Christ. We become
a member of that body through baptism by one Spirit
and it is God who in His good pleasure sets each
one of us in the body as a member (v.18). For administrative purposes
the following guidelines are given.
Every person seeking to become a member of SHILOH apostolic company.
been saved according to the Scriptures:
“He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does
not believe will be condemned” (Mark
Peter said to them,
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts
that the vision of SHILOH Apostolic Company is
based on a full acceptance of the Bible as the
Word of God.
understand that SHILOH Apostolic Company is adapting
to the unfolding reality of the apostolic church
in the Scriptures and the outworking of that reality
in our generation.
the Statement of Faith.
a desire to live a lifestyle that is consistent
with Biblical Christian conduct and doctrine as
recorded in the New Testament,
for the conduct of members:
is voluntary, and functions because of the receiving
of the servant leadership that God has ordained
in SHILOH Apostolic Company, whether it be in
the local house church or in the apostolic ministry.
Submission is taught in three aspects: submission
to God, submission to elders, and submission to
one another in the body of Christ.
is free to withdraw at any time according to their
own wishes. There is no control exercised over
the decisions of members
If a member’s
conduct is not consistent with the Biblical pattern
then that person will be addressed and appealed
to according to the Biblical pattern. If there
is a continuing unwillingness to change, then
the person may be placed under some discipline
and if in the longer term the person refuses to
change they may be asked to leave, Matt.18:15-17.
team of SHILOH Apostolic Company and its mission
are dependent upon the financial support of members
and other supporters. We teach and practise tithing
and the giving of offerings according to the Word
of God. All tithing and giving is voluntary, is
never forced and commands the blessings and protection
promised in Mal.3:10-12
When a person
joins SHILOH Apostolic Company they will be given
the opportunity to be discipled. If they are a
new believer introductory manuals will be used
in the context of individual and small group teaching.
If they already have some knowledge of the word
their discipleship will be completed.
and Covering of the Apostolic Company
The nature of an apostolic company is as follows: the Lord has raised
up the apostolic company, restoring the apostolic
ministry and gathering around the apostolic leadership
ministers and saints who are becoming of one heart
and mind to serve the purposes of God together
in this day.
Jesus Christ is the only head of the church and
He provides a full covering of His anointing by the Spirit and the authority of His word.
No man is ever accredited with headship of the
church in the Scripture. Therefore the covering
does not come through a man but comes directly
from the Lord when the church is set in apostolic
is gathering a growing number of other apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, helpers
and administrators, gifted saints, disciples and
new believers into the company.
ministry including apostles are accountable to
each other in an eldership that is submitted to
the word of God, recognizing that everyone of
us needs teaching, reproof, correction and instruction
in righteousness (2 Tim.3:16). If any leader is unwilling to participate in this
mutual submission to the word of God then their
place in the leadership will be in question.
4-03 The leadership ministries
that the Lord has given, specifically apostles,
prophets and teachers (1
Cor.12:28) but often including pastors
and evangelists who are functioning as elders,
will exercise oversight according to the appointment
of the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28)
As a result SHILOH Apostolic Company
is being set in Biblical order and all the ministries
are beginning to operate fully and fruitfully.
is the authorisation of a person to minister.
person demonstrates gifts and abilities that effect
as the public
acknowledgement of ministry already being exercised
person acknowledges the clear calling of God on
their lives to be His minister
person’s lifestyle does not disqualify them from
being ordained as a minister.
to which we ordain people is the five-fold ministry
gift of Ephesians 4:7-12. While the title “Pastor” is given to all church
ministers in certain church circles, we prefer
to ordain people to the ministry and thus they
are not limited in any way as to the exercise
of the five-fold gift.
Those persons seeking ordination should have
completed basic training.
this to be an apprenticeship style of training
based on the biblical model.
The person is first of all a disciple or
trainee who attaches himself/herself to an ordained
minister and accompanies that person into situations
where teaching, preaching and ministry take place. The trainee learns through observation, instruction
is expected to complete at least one short-term
ministry training school and various other courses
for ordination will be able to teach the various
seminars from the teaching manuals.
A person is commissioned to exercise ministry
and/or to take a leadership role by the laying on of hands
of the eldership.
Such a person is then able to function
within SHILOH Apostolic Company or other
related church bodies in a designated ministry,
or is able to be sent out into the community to
function in a designated ministry role.
Examples of community ministry include:
both medical and mental health hospitals,
work in outreach ministries of a gospel or a
nature, serve in care houses, to teach
religious education in schools; there are many
other areas of
ministry that trainees can be commissioned
ii Prior to ordination there is often the
commissioning of a person to begin to exercise
ministry and/or to take a leadership role. This commissioning is a setting apart on the
basis of the recognition of gifting and will often be a
step towards ordination, but should not be confused
context of ordination is 1
Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6, Acts 6:3-6, Acts
28:41: Moses was instructed to put the
priestly clothes on Aaron and his sons, and then
God said “You shall anoint them and ordain them
and consecrate them, that they may serve me as
understanding of this verse:
God anoints (2
The eldership ordains (1
person being ordained has consecrated their life
word ‘ordain’ is a combination of two Hebrew words
literally meaning to “fill the hand”.
Ordination then is the releasing of gifts
for the Affiliation of Fellowships and Ministries:
These guidelines apply to functioning fellowships or ministries who
wish to become part of the Apostolic Company by
affiliating with Revival Ministries Australia
that some fellowships and ministries are part
of the Apostolic Company through relationship
only as they already have their own official registration
or are members of a registered body.
the Statement of Faith and guidelines for church
and ministry function as broadly set down in the By-laws of Revival
Ministries Australia Ltd.
apostolic ministry and spiritual authority of
the apostolic ministry leadership of the company;
it is a submitted servant leadership, not organised
in the traditional church way and not hierarchical,
but received as servants of the LORD. Scripturally,
ministers only have authority as they are received
by the faith of God’s people.
work together in the reaching of this nation and
the effective outreach to other nations by sharing
personnel, resources, finances etc., not on a
pre-determined basis but as the Holy Spirit directs
from time to time.
Affiliated fellowships and ministries govern
their own finances.
becoming affiliated with Revival Ministries Australia
Ltd, the affiliated fellowship or ministry has
a legal and constitutional base through the registered
constitution of RMA. The affiliated entity will
be recognized officially under these By-laws of
Revival Ministries Australia Ltd. A letter of
affiliation will be issued.
The apostolic council is not a standing body,
but comes together whenever necessary to deal
with issues and problems facing the church, or
comes together further fellowship, co-operation
and build relationship with other leaders of the
church of the region, the State or the Nation.
Purpose of the council: to provide oversight and
leadership for ministers, ministries and fellowships
who want to be part of the apostolic church as
patterned in the Scripture and that is emerging
The council is a place where senior leaders can relate
as peers and submit in a mutual relationship and
be accountable for their doctrine and practice.
Membership of the council: will include leaders of various
apostolic companies and leaders of apostolic and
prophetic bodies. Members of the council will
be in full agreement with and part of the apostolic
and prophetic restoration that Christ is bringing
to pass in His church. Each member of the council
will accept and honour the ministry calling and
appointment upon the other members of the council;
each member will accept the oversight of the council
and be willing to submit and be accountable to
other members in issues of faith and practice.
The formation of this council is not the beginning of a new movement or denomination or network,
but a realistic outworking of Scriptural practice.
Fellowship for Ministers: if you are a pastor or a minister moving towards
the apostolic/prophetic restoration of the church
and you desire to be in fellowship with other
ministers and with apostles and prophets, then
please make yourself known. There are regular
conferences, seminars and schools held in Australia;
as well there are gatherings for ministers and
leaders to come together in apostolic company
for times of refreshing and encouragement.
POLICY FOR RELATIONSHIP WITH
OVERSEAS MINISTRIES AND CHURCHES:
The apostolic ministry leadership of SHILOH apostolic
company has made meaningful links with ministry
leaders in a number of nations. There has been
considerable discussion in the past as to how
to adequately and best facilitate the ongoing
relationship, as more and more ministries and
churches are asking to be involved in the apostolic
movement. Some of these ministry leaders are responsible
for hundreds of churches. In most cases these
ministries and churches have registration with
the Authorities in their own nations.
It is our policy at this time to not formally affiliate with any church
or ministry overseas or to establish official
offices or representatives of RMA. However we
are willing to help overseas ministries gain their
registration in their own nation. It is acceptable
for ministries in other nations to be “associated”
SHILOH apostolic schools are opening in nations in many places and
some of these schools use the name ‘Shiloh’.
We have commissioned some of these schools. They
are autonomous, self-functioning schools, using
the name and using RMA curriculum materials. This
is an association, not affiliation, as SHILOH
apostolic company and SHILOH apostolic training schools are not official names
but a form of ministry and a company
of related brethren in the apostolic.
It is our policy to relate openly in the Lord to all to whom the Lord
joins us, and to provide for them materials and
resources as we are able and to visit their nation
to conduct seminars, conferences and training
schools for the instruction of them and all interested
leaders in the apostolic doctrine and practice.
This is only possible as the Lord leads and enables.
Regular communication is entered into via email,
SMS and phone calls. The publication of a monthly
newsletter is a major communication link and teaching
It is our intention to facilitate the formation of Apostolic Councils
[after the Acts
15 model] in nations as apostolic leaders
emerge, coming out of denominational and other
institutional systems, and needing a place of
oversight, accountability and submission.