Spiritual Covering

From the personal experiences of Apostle Albert Evans, Jr. and from the witness of other Spirit-filled leaders and believers in the Body of Christ, the primary purpose of a spiritual covering or an apostolic oversight is to provide a shield and protection from many of the pitfalls of ministry in the natural and spiritual realms. A spiritual covering or an apostolic oversight also helps to enrich and enhance the level of anointing associated with a church or ministry.

Through a committed relationship with an overseer or apostle, the covenant pastors and their congregations will experience an apostolic and prophetic move of God to refresh and to encourage them as they do the work of the kingdom. They will also witness a greater release of the anointing and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in their services. Overseers and apostles are associated with churches and ministries to bring them a certain level of blessing and spiritual maturity. This is the heart of a spiritual covering or an apostolic oversight.

Many churches/ministries are discovering the importance of relating to apostles and overseers who may not have pioneered the church, but they provide a rich source of wisdom and strength through an ongoing relationship. This is accomplished when a church/ministry moves beyond merely having fellowship with an overseer or apostle. They will begin to identify with the overseer or apostle, to recognize a need for spiritual oversight, and to build a relationship of trust with an apostolic ministry. All of these things take time. An apostolic covering doesn't work unless there is a level of commitment by the overseer, pastors, and congregations. Overseers and apostles must be available and accessible to the covenant churches and ministries. Every pastor knows the value and importance of commitment in their local church. A level of commitment is also required for those who choose to be affiliated with the IFCCM.

The only authority that exists in the church is Christ's authority. True overseers and apostles should not be authoritarian or controlling, but unless we recognize God’s order of authority, the Body will never function in harmony with all the anointings working together.  Authority in the Christian context does not imply a master-servant relationship; however, the authority and submission relationship is real and there are several exhortations in the Holy Bible to submit to one’s spiritual leaders. We should never “lord it over” God’s people, but every leader must be sensitive to how the Holy Spirit can use any member of the congregation as well. Authority is always to be used for the benefit of those under it, never for the personal benefit of those exercising it.  True apostolic oversight has to do with being a "father" to the pastors, other key leaders, five-fold ministry gifts, and congregations.  The Word of God tells us in 1 Corinthians 4:15, "For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers...".  Overseers and apostles must see the church as a father sees his children and be intent on teaching and training them according to their individual needs.  We should give ourselves fully to one spiritual father to avoid situations that lead to division and double mindedness.  Spiritual authority must be acknowledged if an overseer or apostle is to produce mature sons and daughters who are ready to carry a high level of anointing in their preaching, ministry, and integrity.