Functional Successors by John P. Kelly

If each generation is to do greater works as Jesus said: "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12), then we can assume there is a greater calling upon each generation to perform a greater work. As Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth passes to the godly.”Our apostolic success is defined by not only the number of those who followed our ministry and not only those we discipled, but how many becameFunctional Successors; continuing on with the vision expansion!

We who are in the older generations have a responsibility before God to discern the destiny of the next generation/s and to assist them with their assignment to facilitate it. In order to do so, we must get in alignment with Father God. Generational Succession is a principle found in both the Old and New Testaments. It must be understood and embraced by all true apostles.

The Apostolic Problem

To review my teaching about Solutions to the Apostolic Problem —The greatest problem with apostles is what also causes apostles to be successful: the problem of being focused on what they are called to build, who they are called to raise up, and what causes they are given to.

However, time is short! We are in the End Times. Now is the time for apostolic wisdom and experience to be shared and for apostles to connect more purposefully.

The Apostolic Solution

  • ICA is designed to assist connections to more effectively and efficiently advance the Kingdom of God
  • ICA will be a fountain of knowledge to assist apostles with expanding their spheres and for church and kingdom expansion. God’s people suffer from lack of education and know how. “Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst” (Isaiah 5:13).
  • ICA must give space to assisting apostles and develop those they are called to equip and raise up.
  • ICA will open up the Summits and the Annual Meeting to those whom ICA members are mentoring (sons and daughters and disciples) and equipping into ministry via the church or marketplace. This would hasten the growth and development of the individual for their God-given assignments.

We need to be intentional about inviting the next two generations to summits and to the ICA Annual Gathering on Nov. 9-10, 2011. You have been empowered to do this by ICA’s new guidelines.

Consider bringing a younger person this year to expand their understanding of ICA and what God is doing globally with apostolic kingdom building.  

Consider your legacy for the next generation.

Perform a greater work and create Functional Successors!