There’s been a lot of talk about “apostolic covering” lately. I give a good deal of air-play to this idea (along with the general idea of “covering” and bogus applications of submission and authority) in my book, Reimagining Church. There’s an entire section in the book dedicated to exploring the “covering” teaching in great detail along with a fresh model for leadership and accountability.
If you’ve not yet read the book, I’m not a fan of any form of “covering,” that includes so-called “apostolic covering.”
The appendix, entitled “Reimagining the Five-Fold Ministry,” was removed from the book during the final round of edits. The reason: The book was too long at that point, and we couldn’t fit it in. (The book is just under 320 pages long.) But in one of the chapters, there’s a link to the removed appendix. It’s called “Rethinking the Five-Fold Ministry.”
I hope it contributes constructively to the present discussion.