We have produced four assessments for your church to be able analyse the engagement, health and development in all the APEST functions and callings.  All these tests provide unique diagnostic tools, based squarely on the thought leadership of Alan Hirsch in this area, and are invaluable for leading your church/organization towards increasing maturity and effectiveness.

We have deliberately kept them very affordable so that users can use them as regular diagnostic tools. All these assessments can all be accessed below, they are…

  • There are two APEST Vocational Profile Assessments (Personal and 360) are proven tools in helping people develop their own sense of unique callings as disciples of Jesus.
  • 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.

Some guidelines for use of any of these tests

We suggest that users who are just beginning with APEST thinking start with the personal APEST Vocational Profile (either the personal profile or the more comprehensive 360 degree profile).  This will allow users to see how the fivefold typology of ministry impacts all of God’s people.

If leaders want to get a handle on the organizational functionality referred to throughout the book 5Q,  then start with the straightforward 5Q Diagnostic Test and supplement this with insights from the personal APEST profiles of various people in the community/team. Then once the ideas and the language takes root, and awareness and practice develops, the organization can advance to the more comprehensive 5Q Systems Test which will provide a much greater depth of analysis.

Furthermore, 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 concepts involved as well as some basic working definitions regarding the distinctive aspects of each APEST function. Never presume that people understand what is meant by these functions and callings. While all participants should have commonly agreed-on working definitions, church leadership should have significantly more understanding about both the language and the key concepts.  For this reason we strongly advise that the key leaders consider reading 5Q and/or The Permanent Revolution to ensure biblical accuracy of understanding, interpretation, and process.

(If you have already purchased a 5Q assessment and want access to your results, please check your email and spam folder for instructions with a personalized link over to http://5qtests.com.  If you are looking for an APEST assessment, please visit http://www.theforgottenways.org and log in with the username and password you set up on the 5Q Central website when you purchased the assessment.  If you have any trouble, please email admin@apesttest.com.)


1. The APEST Vocational Profile

The APEST assessment is a profiling instrument designed to identify an individual’s destiny and calling. By taking the APEST you will see your relative strength in each of the areas named by Paul in Ephesians 4 (apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher) and are also called the fivefold ministry.

The APEST Assessment is available in two formats.

  • The APEST Personal Vocational Assessment is an inventory that compares a person’s
    behavior to the APEST framework. You choose between 50 pairs of words/phrases by
    determining which option is most like you.
  • The APEST 360 Vocational Assessment starts with the identical personal APEST
    assessment followed by the opportunity to invite up to 10 colleagues to offer feedback
    on you and your behavioral tendencies according to the APEST framework. You receive a
    score for both your personal answers and the averages of all the people who take the
    APEST on your behalf.

In either format, you will receive a multilayered APEST profile comprised of the primary,
secondary, and supplementary levels of gifting and how they each inform a person’s vocational
shape.  The resulting profile delivers great insight as to the nature of personal calling,
motivations, and points for growth. NOTE: There is no reason to purchase both formats of the
APEST, unless you are purchasing tests for other people or are a group administrator.

Take the Personal APEST Profile.
Take the 360 Degree APEST Profile

(The current APEST assessment–both Solo and 360–was written originally in 2008 and 2009.  The current statistically reliable version was written in collaboration by Alan Hirsch, Jonathan Reitz, and Jeff Weber).

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 just in individuals.  In other words, it’s a look under the hood of the Body of Christ.

Who does it?: As it is a 360 degree test (many respondents involved), we suggest that, depending on the size of the church/organisation,  that about 5-10 people are nominated to take the test on behalf of the organization.

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 later in 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, like all assessments,  seeks to assess and compare actual levels of awareness and 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.

Take the test: Click Here

Price: $25

2.2. The 5Q Systems Test

Price: $100

This assessment looks deeply into the system itself.   It is developed using the depth concepts of Fowler’s stages of learning and maturity, and assesses not only the active presence of 5Q in the church (as the straightforward diagnostic does) but also the depth of awareness, understanding, and application of it throughout the organization.  It gives leadership of an organization/church a 3-dimensional perspective which will enable the users to see how “mature” the church is in understanding and practice of 5Q.  While the test is already complete, we have deliberately held off from publishing it here because we think that it needs some level of proficiency in 5Q thinking to really understand the implications of it.  So, expect this to be published by mid 2018.  If you believe that your organization is ready for this, then please contact us here and we can provide access.