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