Five Books by Alan Hirsch on APEST and 5Q
5Q: Activating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ
In the pages of this book, Alan Hirsch takes us on a really deep dive into the fivefold (APEST) typology of ministry as articulated in Ephesians 4:1-16, but he takes us to a depth that few (if any) have ventured before. The reader is invited to join Hirsch on an thrilling journey of discovery that locates the roots of APEST in the nature and purposes of God, tracks how these are laced throughout creation and culture, how they reconstituted and perfectly exemplified in the life and ministry of Jesus, are embedded into the very foundations of the Church, and subsequently expressed through the lives of the countless saints that make it up. By laying out a comprehensive model that incorporates deep theory as well as practice, Alan Hirsch once demonstrates his almost uncanny capacity to change not only the conversation itself, but also the scorecard on how we understand calling, church, leadership, and organization.
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- 5Q is a holistic lens by which we can see ourselves, our functions, and our churches/ organizations in a whole new light.
- 5Q gives a holistic framework and a practical application to release latent potential within you, your church and your community.
- 5Q takes the bible at it’s word; that APEST is connected to the idea of attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. It therefore provides us with a model of what it means to be the church, to follow Christ, and to be truly human.
- 5Q provides a scripturally rich and invaluable model for leaders who are committed to building, equipping and releasing the church.
- 5Q provides leaders with a vision of a healed, restored and perfected church which helps us overcome our historical dysfunctional and deficits (Eph 4.12).
- 5Q restores an understanding that God has given us all we need to get the job done in a world where everyone gets to play their unique part.
- 5Q provides practical, insightful and dynamic tools and training for transformative discipleship practice, leadership development and organizational change.
Activating 5Q: A User’s Guide to Understanding and Applying 5Q in Your Church or Organization (Atlanta: 100M Publications, 2017) by Alan Hirsch and Jessica Cruickshank.
Endorsements and Testimonials for 5Q
5Q gives the whole church a place to see ourselves in the story of God in a way that invigorates passion and purpose. A must read!
Alan Hirsch's brilliant and probing mind is on full display in this his latest work on understanding the implication APEST, the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4. In this punchy volume, Alan's call for the recalibration of the church reaches its full crescendo. The signature theme of APEST provides the symphonic whole to his vision of how Jesus has gifted his church for its mission in the world.
I believe that there are few topics more important for the renewal of Christ's people and the subsequent transforming of the world around us than what is addressed here by Alan Hirsch. As is always the case in his writings, Hirsch brings his genius to bear on this essential subject with insight and profound breakthroughs.
In a time when many writers of so-called biblical models of leadership are merely rehashing insights from the fields of management, marketing, psychology and communications, along comes Alan Hirsch with a fresh new approach drawn directly from Scripture. In this book, he distills his previous thinking into a rich, practical, multidimensional understanding of Paul’s primary paradigm on ministry, leadership, and organization. Not so much a book of ideas as a pair of glasses through which to see the world differently. As Alan says, it’s 5Q, baby!
Comprehensive, brilliant, revelatory. This exciting new book by Alan Hirsch ushers in not just new information, but a whole new way of thinking about what it means to be the Church, what it means to follow Christ and serve others, and what it means to be human. I am so ready to see the Church put these ideas into practice.
5Q is a five-star masterpiece... A breath-taking achievement that is life-giving for the church.
Alan Hirsch reminds us that “the task is not so much to see what no one has seen, but to think what nobody has thought about that which everybody sees.” His genius is not in framing the fivefold gifting in terms of intelligence, helpful though that is. The genius of 5Q is in exposing what is just outside the frame of our sight – the ongoing adaptive work of God in equipping his church for mission, in ways always new and fresh. Finally, a paradigm for church health that actually requires the active presence of the Spirit among God’s people!
Alan Hirsch, in his role as a prominent missiologist, has consistently been a leading voice for the church to help shape our future and direction. His writings and teachings have have been used to inform, challenge, and guide church leaders, all around the world, to increase our level of effectiveness in expanding the Kingdom of God on earth. In 5Q his newest book, Alan has taken some of the most complex, yet crucial, topics in the scriptures related to the Church and the mission entrusted to us, and has brilliantly broken down these principles in a way that is easy to understand and apply. This book is a must read for anyone who has been placed in a position of leadership or influence in a church, Christian network, or denomination.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the church history textbooks of the future described our era as “the age of irrational exuberance” for our unbridled enthusiasm toward ecclesiological constructs that are only leading to the sterility of the church. Alan, in his previous works, has called the church to regain her missional authority by returning to its biblical form. In 5Q, Alan bolsters this conviction while simultaneously assisting church leaders to practically implement the APEST idea. Hirsch always seems to have insights that are both sobering and encouraging, and 5Q is no exception to this. I will be recommending this book to many.
In 5Q Alan Hirsch continues to be on the leading edge of calling the church back to a genuinely Biblical theology of mission that will lead us into a highly impactful future. Read 5Q! It will challenge you, inspire you and redefine the way you think about, love, and lead the beautiful body of Christ.
Activating 5Q: A User’s Guide
In his book 5Q, Alan Hirsch took a deep dive into the fivefold typology of ministry as articulated in Ephesians 4:1–16. Now in this User’s Guide, Alan and Jessie challenge and equip you, your organization or church to live into a new way of seeing, thinking, and living.
Summarizing and simplifying the key themes of 5Q, this practical guide is ideal for either individuals or groups. With practitioner examples, reflective questions, and training tools, Activating 5Q enables you to apply the principles to your particular context.
“A new and brilliant understanding of how to unleash the latent capacity within you, the church and every group for the Jesus mission.”
—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church; lead visionary for NewThing; author
“I believe that there are few topics more important for the renewal of Christ’s people and the subsequent transforming of the world around us than what is addressed here.”
—Neil Cole, author of Organic Church, Primal Fire, and One Thing
“Inspires, provokes and engages. It will be a catalyst for mission in the years to come!”
—Danielle Strickland, international social justice advocate; author and speaker
“Provides us with a clear model showing us how Jesus is active in and through the church. Wonderful!”
—Brad Brisco, co-author of Missional Essentials and Next Door as It Is in Heaven
The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church
This book is a groundbreaking work of theological re-imagination that focuses on the twin issues of ministry and leadership appropriate to our times. The authors draw widely from the areas of biblical studies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, and the social sciences, to make a comprehensive case for on the abiding significance of the Ephesians 4 vocations of apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd and teacher in the church that Jesus intended. They particularly emphasize the strategic importance of the apostolic role for generating missional movements, facilitating ongoing renewal in the life of the church, stimulating ecclesial innovation, and creating adaptive but highly sustainable organizations.
- Shows how to view leadership and ministry through a biblical perspective and continue “the permanent revolution” that Jesus initiated
- Outlines the essential characteristics of apostolic movements and how to restructure the church and ministry to be more consistent with them
- Alan Hirsch is a leading voice in the missional movement of the Christian West
This seminal book will likely initiate a much needed re-assessment about how we think of, and subsequently do, ministry in 21st Century contexts.
The Permanent Revolution Playbook: APEST for the People of God
For far too long now the church has tried to extend the logic and impact of Jesus’s ministry on its own terms. And yet there is clear guidance from Scripture itself as to how the church can be the fulness of Christ in the world. A vital part of the answer to a renewed ministry in the church, one capable of matching the challenges we face, is found in Eph.4:1-16. Every time the explicit teaching of the text has been is taken seriously and properly integrated into the life of God’s people, history has been in the making. This playbook (developed from the award winning The Permanent Revolution) is designed to introduce the disciple to his or her own, Jesus-given, vocational profile. This is important for all of God’s people, because discovering your ministry will give you a direct clue to your distinctive contribution in the world.
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating Apostolic Movements (new edition)
Alan Hirsch’s paradigm-shifting classic remains the definitive statement of the church as dynamic missional movement. The bestselling first edition ignited a conversation about how to harness the power of movements for the future growth of the church. In this major update, Hirsch shares significant insights gained along the way, provides fresh new examples of growing churches, and reflects on the last ten years of the missional movement. The new edition has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout and includes charts, diagrams, an expanded glossary of terms, new appendices, an index, a new foreword by Ed Stetzer, and a new afterword by Jeff Vanderstelt.
Known for his innovative approach to mission, Hirsch is widely acknowledged as a thought leader and mission strategist for churches across the Western world. He considers The Forgotten Ways the guiding work to all of his other writings. The book explores the factors that come together to generate high-impact, exponentially explosive, spiritually vibrant Jesus movements in any time and context. This extensive update to Hirsch’s influential work offers a system of six vital keys to movements that will continue shape the future of the missional movement for years to come.