Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are all
needed today if we are to come to this place; and God, by His
grace, is giving us these ministers to fulfill this purpose.
As stated previously, there is no substitute for the apostle.
The prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher cannot do what the
apostle can do. Neither can the apostle do what the other gifts
can do. Each gift is needed and has a unique purpose. They are
not optional. God gave them to us because we need them all.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. ~Eph 4:11-12