In our third week, our focus will be the EQ functions or purposes that are displayed in the worldwide and local church. This is defined by 5Q as “implicit”—as opposed to explicit— as these functions and purposes are inbuilt into the church by Jesus and are simply latent, waiting to be activated.
- Understand how EQ has been given to and coded into the ecclesia
- Articulate the evangelistic function of the church
- Realize the repercussions for the church when EQ is neglected
- Assess the current EQ functionality in your church/community/team/workplace
- Implement the first steps to activating the latent potential of EQ
Chapter 7 — Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com.
Recommended but optional: Chapter 11 The Evangelistic Gift: Contagious Compassion — Cole, Neil. (2014) Primal Fire: Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus: Tyndale Momentum.
Recommended but optional: Chapter 13 Evangelists: Story Tellers — Woodward, JR. (2012) Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World: IVP Books.
Recommended but optional: Woodward, JR. (2012) Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World: IVP Books.
Take some time to explore these key concepts together:
(A) From the APEST EQ video, Alan explains, “the church is meant to be evangelistic in it’s functions, to be doing things that are actually celebrating the Good News.” If the EQ function is about creating a evangelistic culture in the whole church, not outsourcing it to selected gifted evangelists, how could you and your church go about creating a culture and community of evangelism? What things have you been doing already that are celebrating the Good News? How would you respond to someone in your church who says, “I’m just not a gifted evangelist”?
(B) From the chapter 7 reading, articulate the evangelistic function of the church. Is there anything that jumps out to you as new that you hadn’t previously related to EQ? Is there anything you see missing that you would like to add? Discuss the implications for how to disciple others in the church in this EQ function.
(C) From the Figure 8.1 below, (from a subsequent chapter 8 Marking the Body), the premise is made to adopt APEST as marks of the church and be willing to reconfigure the way we do church accordingly to see increasing fullness of Christ. Considering EQ function is latent in the church body, propose how your church/team/community can reconfigure the way you do church to activate latent EQ so that you become a community of Good News.
Using the eleven bullet points of the Evangelistic Functions (Purposes) of the church listed in the table as a rubric of evaluation, reflect upon and assess the current EQ functionality in your church/community/team. Make notes in your 5Q journal which points do you hit and which points are lacking?
Furthermore, just like our physical bodies with interconnected functions built in, the Body of Christ has the interconnected functions built in that are necessary for spiritual health, stability, and growth. Look at Figure 7.2 below, choose one system to remove from the human body, and explain what happens to the body’s physiology. Repeat two times choosing different systems.
Transcribed to the Body of Christ, as we are specifically focused on the evangelist/ evangelistic in this module, remove the EQ function, and describe what the ramifications are for the church: what is lacking when EQ is absent? What are the repercussions for the church and the world?
Reforming paradigm – In the EQ video, Jonathan Reitz exclaims that the function is traditionally thought of as very surface level, but in fact recalibrating around Jesus “it is actually very deep, it’s profound, it goes to the core of who we are on an identity basis.” Has your paradigm of the evangelistic function also been quite superficial? Reforming practice – Reitz goes on to say in order to recalibrate our churches’ EQ around Jesus, “there’s a discovery component… it begins with really understanding, there is really way more than what meets the eye in every situation.” How can having these soft eyes for situations and people reform your group/community/church’s practice of evangelism?
This week, in the conversations you have with non-Christians, purpose to be more intentional with these soft eyes and be ready to invite/include/nudge towards something deeper and more profound.
What steps could you take to bring in EQ language and license into your church?
—> Language means talking about it regularly and casting vision for being a welcoming, redeemed community. Refer back to your assessment in the reflection section to aid you.
—> License means giving people permission to create that vibe and culture. Think motivating, empowering, releasing, sending.
Write these steps down in the PDF and keep each other gracefully accountable to start doing them within the next week.
Additionally, take the 5Q Diagnostics Test here to get a glimpse and assess the AQ functionality in your church/community/team/workplace.
As we close this third week, pray for understanding of what God wants you to grasp about this topic. Identify 3 aha’s (key reflections, greater sense of excitement, conviction or understanding) and 3 questions.
Write them in your 5Q journal and share them with someone you are journeying with or the group you are studying with.