February 1, 2019 (by Nathan Brewer)
Want to understand Fivefold/APEST more? Want to know how to get the best out of people, build healthy teams, create deeper and more fruitful relationships and train leaders holistically? This can help! These modules break down the 5Q book into bite-sized chunks for discussion and application. Written for small groups and teams to process together.
Throughout 2018, I worked together with the training organization & team 5Q Collective on an exciting project. The team is a rich collaboration of pastors from Europe and the US: a missiologist and author of 11 books, Alan Hirsch, a 3DM Ministry Trainer from Scotland, a PhD in Leadership, an educational neuroscientist, a bivocational CEO, and the Director of church planting at North American Mission Board, Brad Briscoe (For more info see 5Q Collective Team).
Our goal was to develop content for A.P.E.S.T. Modules that can be purchased online by church leadership, small groups, or teams in order to see a more fully functioning body of Christ in this world – to see the unity, maturity, and synergy that Ephesians 4:1-16 speaks of. These self-guided modules seek to create an accessible environment and process to explore personal practices, leadership development and culture change along the five lines of teaching, shepherding, evangelism, prophetic, and apostolic in a down-to-earth, biblical way. Not familiar with the terms 5Q / APEST / fivefold? Here is an Introduction to 5Q if interested.
After many months of work from January – September, I’ve now finished writing & developing all five modules to compliment the readings and videos that have been produced. It felt a bit like writing another book (aka a challenging birthing process), but on good days I enjoyed the creative generative process, and believe this will be a blessing to many in the body of Christ!
A bit of info about them: Each of the modules are four weeks long and flow from God –> Jesus –> the church –> individuals, so the prophetic “PQ” Module, for example, progresses like this:
- Week 1: Theological Roots of the prophetic – How the prophetic is rooted in who God is
- Week 2: Jesus the exemplary prophetic role model for us
- Week 3: The PQ Functions & Purposes – the function and purpose built into the church by Jesus, simply latent and waiting to be activated
- Week 4: PQ Callings & Roles – discovering how the gift fleshes itself out in people
Within each of those weeks there are the following subsections:
- Overview and learning objectives
- Group Considerations
- Personal Reflections
- Reformations (Paradigm Shifts)
Each Module is available separately, if a group/organization/church wants to focus on a specific area e.g. evangelistic, or as a package.
I know we all long to see more of Jesus: more unity, maturity and synergy in our churches that results in the fullness of Christ! … and my hope is that this can help in a significant way towards that end. Want to release potential in yourself, your people, your team, your church or your organisation?