it takes five

Image credit: oksun70 / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: oksun70 / 123RF Stock Photo

This is the first post in a series on lessons from summer.

Two of the many grace-filled people I met this summer are Alan and Debra Hirsch. One of the lessons they underscored for me comes from Ephesians 4:11-13.

Movements depend on the five gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd and teacher being present and working together.

Here is one way to understand this:

  • Apostles catalyze movements in order to make disciples of all nations.
  • Prophets purify movements by focusing on obedience and reverence to God.
  • Evangelists accelerate movements by going to the lost and making disciples.
  • Shepherds nurture movements by creating and leading healthy communities.
  • Teachers mature movements by helping communities know and do all that Christ has commanded.

Your turn:

  1. Which of these gifts has Christ given to you? (For help answering that question, I recommend the online APEST assessment.)
  2. Have you struggled to understand and accept your gift? If so, what lessons have you learned about yourself along the way?
  3. How are you aligning your self-talk and your efforts with your gift?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

2 thoughts on “it takes five

  1. It’s very interesting that this morning on Facebook, there was a discussion on “offices” vs. “functions” and how the Church of England had managed to have that translation for the KJV. I responded that Ephesians 4:11-12 has suffered some of the same kinds of changes in “offices” vs. ministry “gifts”.

    Anyhow, as a 76 year old guy, I urge the young whippersnappers out there to discover their identity (gifts, talents, personality, purpose, calling and destiny) so that you will be smack-dab where God purposed and created you to be. Just sayin’…


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