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Practicing Vocation

April 2nd, 2019 | Community Updates

The Apostle Paul offers a picture in Ephesians 4 of the church living in unity with one another and growing in Christlike maturity. He says that Jesus has given people gifts to equip and build up the whole church to experience the maturity and fullness of Christ. We are passionate about equipping the whole church to live out their missional calling and to discover their APEST (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds [pastors], teachers) vocation.

Pastor Worth has learned and adapted much of his digesting and understanding of APEST from the biblical and missiological work of Alan Hirsch and JR Woodward.

Keep reading to gain a further understanding of each area of APEST. We hope you engage with the following suggestions in order to find out which area most closely resonates with who you are:

[1] Read through the brief descriptions of each APEST vocation below.

[2] Get feedback from a spiritual friend about where they see you in these vocations.

[3] Listen to this sermon on disciple-making and APEST.

[4] Take the Personal APEST Vocational Assessment (heads up…this costs $).

APOSTLES

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON APOSTLES

Strengths of Apostles:

We desperately need healthy, passionate Apostles because without them we lose our sense of the big picture vision of Jesus and will be less likely to take risks with God.

If you have trouble starting something new, staying focused on a vision, or setting a bold goal, then you need to hang out with an Apostle – they will help you mature in this!

 Areas Apostles Need Help:

If you are an Apostle, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Shepherd or Teacher to do it with you to help you care and invest deeply in people.

Jesus is the best Apostle we have ever known – he was the original “sent one” from the Father – he blazed a new trail and he was extremely mission-focused on the dreams of God for him and his disciples.

PROPHETS

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON PROPHETS

Strengths of Prophets:

We desperately need healthy, passionate Prophets because without them we lose our sense of God’s heart for us and the poor and will be less likely to repent when we have sinned individually or communally.

If you have trouble experiencing God with intimacy, discerning a tough situation, or having a heart for the poor then you need to hang out with a Prophet – they will help you mature in this!

Area Prophets Need Help:

If you are a Prophet, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Evangelist to do it with you to help you build relationships with people who don’t know Jesus.

Jesus is the best Prophet we have ever known – he had a deep life of prayer and intimacy with God, he spoke truth to the religious power of his day, and he stood alongside the poor and oppressed.

EVANGELISTS

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON EVANGELISTS

Strengths of Evangelists:

We desperately need healthy, passionate Evangelists because without them we lose our sense of the joy and goodness of Jesus and will be less like to share our faith in Christ with people.

If you have trouble sharing your faith, building new friendships, or welcoming new people then you need to hang out with a Evangelist – they will help you mature in this!

Areas Evangelists Need Help:

If you are a Evangelist, we need you to start Missional Churches with us – but you’re probably going to need a Teacher to do it with you to help you grow people with the wisdom and character of Jesus as they start to follow him.

Jesus is the best Evangelist we have ever known – he shared the good news of the kingdom of God everywhere he went, he came to “seek and save the lost”, and he built new friendships all the time.

SHEPHERDS (Pastors)

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON SHEPHERDS

Strengths of Shepherds:

We desperately need healthy, passionate Shepherds because without them we lose our sense of the care and guidance of God and will be less likely to forgive and reconcile as Jesus teaches.

If you have trouble working through emotional wounds, listening to people well, or building others up in love then you need to hang out with a Shepherd – they will help you mature in this!

Areas Shepherds Need Help:

If you are a Shepherd, we need you help care for our church community with us – but you’re probably going to need an Apostle or Prophet to do it with you to help you clarify a strong vision and plan of action to reach people.

Jesus is the best Shepherd we have ever known – he cared for individual people really well, helped people experience healing, and was called “The Good Shepherd.”

TEACHERS

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO ON TEACHERS

Strengths of Teachers:

We desperately need healthy, passionate Teachers because without them we lose our sense of the wisdom of God in the Scriptures and will be less likely to experience Jesus speaking through the Bible.

If you have trouble studying the Bible, embracing Jesus as “the truth,” or hearing God speak to you through the Scriptures then you need to hang out with a Teacher – they will help you mature in this!

Areas Teachers Need Help:

If you are a Teacher, we need you to start places and times of spiritual formation with us – but you’re probably going to need an Apostle or Evangelist to do it with you to help you get out of your head and into the lives of real people.

Jesus is the best Teacher we have ever known – he taught his disciples and others with both his words and his life, constantly communicated the wisdom of God, and was considered “the way, the truth, and the life.”

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