APEST

Ephesians 4:7-16

ApostolicPropheticEvangelisticShepherdingTeaching
Theological roots in GodFather, creator, sender (missio Dei), Sovereign, Designer, Judge, SourceHoly, faithful, incarnate, transcendent, covenantal, just and true, omnipotentSavior, redeemer, gracious giver, lover, mercifulCommunity in the Trinity, comforter, immanent, intimate, knower (yada), divine parent, compassionateOmniscient, prescient, truth, wisdom, beauty, Logos (reason)
Core vocation• Custodian of the
DNA
• Pioneer
• Entrepreneur
• Architect
• Guardian of the covenant
• Questioner of the status quo
• Connector to the cause
• Recruiter
• Entrepreneur
• Nurturer
• Humanizer
• Sustainer
• Social integrator
• Mediator of wisdom and understanding
• Trainer-educator
• Theological formation
ImpulseMissionalIncarnationalAttractionalCommunalInstructional
EffectPropagateIncarnateAggregateIntegrateExplicate
FocusA viable future and expansion of the Christian movementGod orientation: Keeping the movement aligned with GodThat people come to know Jesus and join the movementThe community living healthily in the love of the triune GodAwareness and integration of truth, especially revealed truth
Spirituality-character complexAdventurous and futuristic Has an architectural/systemic sensibility, with an emphasis on riskTranscendent and existential Has a strong intuition of what is right and wrong, emphasizing integrity, obedience, and mysteryRelational and communal Emphasis on novelty, sociality, playfulness, and celebrationNurturing and communal, with an emphasis on healing, wholeness, and communityIntellectual and philosophical, with an emphasis on curiosity, learning, knowledge, and the intellect
Leadership StyleDecisive Design focused StrategicDemonstrative MotivationalPersuasive MotivationalInclusive CollaborativePrescriptive Analytical
Emphasis in disciple-makingscalable and reproducible, discipling someone
as they disciple someone else, discipleship systems
Hearing the revelatory word (rhema) of God, prayer, and obedience to the voice of GodDoing what Jesus did, being good news, and exemplifying Christlikeness to othersInner healing, healthy community life, and relational reconciliationAssimilating the logos word of God and through the reading/understanding of scripture
Overriding concernsWill this help us increase our capacity for mission?Will this help us embody God’s concerns?Will this help us bring people to a point of conversion?How will this affect the organization and people in the community?How will this line up with theology and scripture?
Metrics for successHealthy and systematic extension of Christianity within and beyond cultural boundaries Kingdom multiplicationFaithfulness to God’s values through visible and tangible actions and consciousness of God’s character and presenceGrowth through individual and group conversion and in increasing the number of adherents in the movementPeople’s experience of a sense of belonging, intimacy, and personal transformationAdequate engagement with, comprehension of, and consistency with truth in all its forms
How it contributes to the health of the movementEnsuring consistency with core ideas
Laying new foundations and designing systems around mobilization and extension
Anchoring the movement in God’s values and providing critical feedback for constant realignmentExplicitly valuing the Gospel as our core story Adding new people Sharing the message in the local vernacularCultivating and integrating people into a socially cohesive community that fosters relational health and harmonySystematizing and articulating the multi-dimensional aspects of truth Optimizing operational efficiency Building systems of discipleship
Blind spots and shadowsDominance: task-focused, demanding, and insensitive to others. Immaturity A’s can succumb to being controlling and this can lead to burnout–personal and corporate.Disrespectful: Passionate can become ideological and demanding. Laser-set on truth can become short-sighted, and simplistic. A call to conviction can become critical and condemningDriven: Anything to make the deal, not demanding enough, mistakes “being involved” for equipping or discipleshipDrowning: Obsessive need for harmony, aversion to risk or conflict, and may take on too many people’s problemsDogmatism: Demand for ideology conformity and lack of urgency, can be overly critical over certain areas and may choose being ‘right’ over relationships
Historical ExemplarsJesus, Peter, Paul, St. Patrick, Joan of Arc, John Wesley, Aimee Semple McPherson,Jesus, Jeremiah, St. Benedict, Martin Luther, St Theresa of Avila, Ida B. Robinson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr.Jesus, Phillip, George Whitfield, Kathryn Kuhlman, Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Carletha CeCe ColeJesus, St. Francis, Jean Vanier, Mother Theresa, Eugene PetersonJesus, Apollos, Augustine, Aquinas, John Calvin, Henry Nouwen, Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer

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