The days of christians operating in isolation is over. All believers must be engaged in a church (ekklesia is the Greek word which refers to an assembly of sons of God not the physical building) and that church must be connected to an apostle. The apostle in turn must be connected or affiliated with covenanted ties to a patriarchal apostle.

In the book of Numbers, God is revealing and redefining to us the pattern of church which comprises of spiritual families (households) that collectively form spiritual tribes. We observe that each tribe differs from the other tribes based on their mandated purpose, functions and roles although they have the same calling which is to “be fruitful, multiply and to fill the earth” with what God has corporately and uniquely mandated them for as a tribe. Individual expression of graces and execution of purpose must find its expression within the context of the tribal purpose, functions and roles.