The Supernatural Leadership Role of Business Apostle

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12

As I discussed in my last post, Jesus gives supernatural leadership gifts to those He chooses to accomplish His work. Today let’s review the supernatural leadership role of apostle in business.

Role of Business Apostle

Apostle (apostolos) – one who is sent out, set apart, special messenger, one commissioned for a particular task or role

Business apostles are visionaries who lead their companies into the future. They establish and create new companies, pushing into new markets, territories, or product groups.  Business apostles are innovators, creators, and identity-givers to their organizations, as well as a “father” to their team setting the right environment for maximum productivity and kingdom impact.

Some Biblical examples of business apostles include Paul (tent maker), Joseph & Daniel (administrators), and Nehemiah (architect/building contractor).

Key Characteristics of Business Apostles

Some key characteristics of a business apostle can include:

  • Passion to launch new ventures and create new pathways in business.
  • Invent the future and do not settle for redesigning the past.
  • Enjoy (even thrilled) to try new things, dream, and take on challenging tasks.
  • Discern what is the Holy Spirit’s leading and discard/eliminate what is not.
  • Gifted to “see” into the future through both revelation from the Holy Spirit alongside an intimate insight into their business marketplace.
  • Gifted to lead, organize, and administer.
  • Started or involved with multiple business or marketplace ministries.
  • Willingness to be recognize more for their accomplishments than their title.
  • Provide solid structure and internal processes.
  • Recognize the role and value of the other five-fold gifts.

How Business Apostles Equip Their “Saints”

Since business apostles are the ones who set the pace and create new things, they possess a strong desire to train up others to maximize the business impact for the kingdom. Some of the ways a business apostle equips his team include:

  • Serve as both the marketplace and spiritual leader of the team.
  • Provide platforms and internal processes that allow people to excel.
  • Promote others on their role gifts as much as their skill set.
  • Help others troubleshoot and solve business problems.
  • Willingly bring along others to pass their mantle and launch their own kingdom endeavors.
  • Mentor, coach, and train up the next generation(s) of Godly business leaders.

The Business Apostle’s Mandate

Business apostles carry a huge responsibility. Their mandate is to discern the will of the Lord through the leading of the Hoy Spirit, then transform His will into productivity, profit, and marketplace impact. With such a monumental mantle, is it any wonder that so few today willingly step up to be a modern day Elisha (2 Kings 2:13-15).

Yet for you, perhaps you are so gifted. If so, I exhort you to not step back but leap ahead into your gifting. Ask Holy Spirit to give you revelation on exactly where He desires you to go, create, build, and profit.

Next post: The Supernatural Leadership Role of Business Prophet.

[NOTE: This post is an except from Dr. Jim’s forthcoming book, Anointed to Lead: How to Discover and Unleash Your Supernatural Leadership Gifts to be released Summer 2017.]

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.


  • Dr Jim, this is inspired reading and teaching. I really look forward to your new book.

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Thank you Lisa. Your one of many who have reached back to me with the same word of encouragement.

  • El douds says:

    Is it possible to be gifted by both business apostle and business prophet abilities?

  • Rub says:

    Dear Sir, Brilliant Teaching!!!

    I believe we are going to see more and more business entrepreneurs rising up within the body of Christ.
    I kept hearing the Holy Spirit telling me…….Apostolic Evangelistic Anointing is upon me….I kept thinking church ministry related, but by reading your posts, i have had clarity – Its Business Ministry

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Than you so much Rob – you are too kind with your feedback. Yes, it is time for marketplace warriors to embrace their anointings as the Lord gives. Marketplace “ministry” is JUST as important as tradition church ministry — even more so in some ways for we reach EVERY segment of culture – not just those who chose to attend a church. Your business is indeed a PURE ANOINTED MINISTRY!

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