We have produced three tests for your church to be able analyse the engagement, health and development in all the APEST functions and callings. These give an accurate metric of the quotient of 5Q in the life & culture of your church or organisation as well as the various people who make them up. All these assessments can all be accessed below.
The 5Q Diagnostic Test gives a snapshot of APEST functionality (or dysfunctionality) at any given time in an organization–it offers straightforward assessment of current capacities in relation to APEST. It can be used regularly to provide a diagnostic “picture” of the organization as it develops its 5Q functionality. The 5Q Systems Test on the other hand, is a more advanced test that measures the levels of organizational awareness, functionality, and maturity in APEST thinking, Built on the framework of stages of maturity and learning, it not only includes a diagnostic analysis but also provides a more complex and multidimensional one that indicates depth of both perception and practice. And Finally The APEST Vocational Profile is a proven tool in helping people develop their own sense of unique callings as disciples of Jesus.
We suggest that users who are just beginning with APEST start with the more straightforward 5Q Diagnostic Test for the organization along with the personal APEST Vocational Profile for testing the personal profiles of various people in the community/team. Then once the language takes root, and awareness and practice develops, the organization can advance to the more comprehensive systems test which will provide a greater depth of analysis. All these tests provide a great, ongoing, diagnostic tools that are invaluable for leading your church/organization towards increasing maturity and effectiveness.
We suggest that because all the tests seek to analyse organizational functionality as well personal capacity, participants at every level ought to have some awareness of the language as well as a basic understanding of distinctive purposes and practices of each APEST function. Never presume that people understand what is meant by these functions and callings. Clearly leadership should have more awareness about language and concept. [We strongly suggest that leaders consider reading 5Q and/or The Permanent Revolution to ensure accuracy of understanding, interpretation, and process.]
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1. The APEST Vocational Profile
The APEST assessment is a statistically reliable profiling instrument designed to assist individuals to identify and understand their own destiny and calling in terms of the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers). Each respondent is given a printout that gives a multilayered profile comprising of the primary, secondary, and supplementary levels of gifting. The APEST Vocational Profile brings great insight as to the nature of personal calling, motivations, and points for growth.
2. The 5Q Tests
2.1. The 5Q Diagnostic Test
Purpose: This test allows leaders to assess the level of understanding and practice at any given point in time. This assesses the level of understanding and practice within an organization and not individuals. It’s a look under the hood of the Body of Christ.
Who does it?: As it is a 360 degree test, we suggest that, depending on the size of the church/organisation, about 5-10 people are nominated to take the test on behalf of the organization. These people should probably be in some form of leadership, and/or are real stakeholders in the life of the community.
Preparation: It is vital that each of the respondents have good working definitions of each of the various fivefold functions. These definitions ought to be the commonly agreed definitions that are arrived at in discussions and by engagement with the Scriptures themselves as well various books (e.g. 5Q or The Permanent Revolution, The Permanent Revolution Playbook (by Hirsch and Catchim), Creating a Missional Culture (JR, Woodward), Primal Fire (Neil Cole) on the topic. You can download the basic definitions used in 5Q here or use the extensive lists contained throughout the book.
To get the most out of the tests, key leaders ought to read 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ (available on this site and through Amazon etc.). All other leaders in the church/organization (from cell leaders, leaders of 50, and above) should read the accessible and practical book by Alan Hirsch and Jessica Cruickshank called Activating 5Q: A User’s Guide to Understanding and Applying 5Q in Your Church or Organization (100M Publications, 2017) — to be released around July 2017.
Process: The person setting the assessment up will be asked to nominate respondents who are (1) in key leadership (includes senior and staff), and (2) those leaders are committed stakeholders (elders and ministry leaders) and have some long term experience of the organization. Each of these are then invited to fill out the questionnaire honestly and to the best of their abilities. It is important not to try stretch the answers in an aspirational way. The diagnostic test seeks to assess and compare the levels of actual practice within the group.
The test will give each group a readout indicating how individuals scored as well as a graph with a aggregated score. There is also a report that can be downloaded that will offer some strategic and tactical suggestions of how you might look at developing 5Q throughout the organization that you lead. Respondents can also use the many tools that are listed in the second half of the book (5Q). We also suggest that you consider getting coaching from the 5Q Collective.
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2.2. The 5Q Systems Test