What to expect

Join Alan Hirsch and Rich Robinson to explore God’s DNA for the church, as revealed explicitly in Ephesians 4, and implicitly through scripture and embodied in Jesus. Beginning with an overview to get a grounding in key terms (apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher), you will then consider the person and praxis of Jesus as he embodies APEST as a model for us, and then move to explore the implications of APEST for individuals, the Church, and society at large. APEST will help you engage on a transformative journey that will involve deepening your own discipleship, strengthening your leadership, as well developing the capacities of your church or organization. This course, and the other training available, aims to create a process where theological imagination and innovative practice in discipleship, leadership and mission can be engaged & activated in you as a learner, and throughout the Body of Christ.

  • Learning objectives for the whole module and as well as learning objectives specific to each of the four sessions

  • An overview, objectives, key content to engage with, discussion questions and topics, reflection and action

  • Become the type of leader that empowers, inspires, entrusts, and reminds others to stay on mission

  • Each module can be undertaken as an individual or studied together as part of a group but, if you are engaging as an individual we would encourage you to find a context to process and discuss with others.

What's inside this course:

  • 1

    Course Overview

  • 2

    Introducing APEST

    • Where to Start and Posture

    • APEST Module Description

    • Section Overview

    • APEST Overview

    • Apostolic Environments

    • Reflection

    • Action

    • Treasures

  • 3

    APEST Aptitudes and Personal Reflection

    • Section Overview

    • Identity Culture Creation

    • Considerations

    • Reflection

    • Reformation

    • Action

    • Treasures

  • 4

    APEST and Church

    • Section Overview

    • Purposes and Marks of the Church

    • Missional Church

    • Living Missionally in a Local Context

    • How Great Leaders Inspire Action

    • Considerations

    • Reflection

    • Reformation

    • Actions

    • Treasures

  • 5

    APEST and Community

    • Section Overview

    • Playing My Part

    • What is Missional Church?

    • Communitas not Community

    • Why Community is Important?

    • Creating a Missional Culture

    • Considerations

    • Reflection

    • Reformation

    • Actions

    • Treasures

  • 6

    What's Next

    • Some options and suggestions are:

    • Additional Resources

    • Before you go...

    • A few more things...

5Q Diagnostic Tests

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The 5QCollective (www.5qcentral.com) is our Ephsiology partner for APEST/5Q training - and so if you would like to go deeper into the content and framework of APEST, and pursue this more intentionally, there are more training and resource options at www.5qcentral.com. 5QCollective has modules, webinars, discussion forums, short term courses and longer training cohorts around APEST - for individuals, teams and organisations as a whole. All the resources and training environments are intentionally designed to aid a transformative journey for the learner that will involve deepening their own discipleship, strengthening their leadership, as well developing the capacities of their church or organization. All of the APEST/5Q training aims to create a process where theological imagination and innovative practice in discipleship, leadership and mission can be engaged & activated in you as a learner, and throughout the Body of Christ.

This personal enrichment course includes the following benefits:

  • Hours of on-demand video

  • Articles and blogs written by our facilitators

  • Accessibility 24/7 from your phone, tablet, or computer

  • Personal and group reflection questions to help you digest and apply the content

  • Discussion forums to do theology in a community with others in your cohort and around the world

  • Earn a certificate of completion for continuing education credit

Your Instructors

Rich and Alan bring decades of experience, along with their expertise, on your journey to discover God's gifting for your ministry of equipping the saints.

Associate Professor of Movement Leadership

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, 100Movements, The 5Q Collective, and Future Travelers. All these are focussed on developing missional leadership and movemental organization. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways; 5Q; The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus, and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford), and On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson).

Associate Professor of Movement Leadership

Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson pioneered training work with multiple churches, charities, denominations and organizations across Europe, America, Australasia, Africa and Asia. Focused on disciple-making, leadership development, strategic and cultural change and scalable multiplication.

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