We have produced four assessments for your church to be able to analyse the engagement, health, and development of 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.
- There are two APEST Vocational Profile Assessments (Personal and 360) are proven tools in helping people develop their 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 a straightforward assessment of current capacities about APEST. It can be used regularly to provide a diagnostic “picture” of the team as it develops its 5Q functionality.
- The 5Q Systems Test measures organizational awareness, functionality, and maturity in APEST thinking, Built on the stages of maturity and learning, the 5Q Systems Test includes a diagnostic analysis AND a complex, multidimensional scale indicating 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 individual 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 take root, (and awareness and practice develop), the organization can advance to the more comprehensive 5Q Systems Test which will provide a more significant depth of analysis.
Additionally, to develop the deeper understanding around organizational functionality AND personal capacity, participants at every level should understand concepts and basic working definitions for each APEST function. Never presume that people these tasks and callings. Remember to include commonly agreed-on working definitions, and church leadership should have measurably more understanding. Essential leaders should consider reading 5Q and The Permanent Revolution to ensure the 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 evaluation. If you have any trouble, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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 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 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 results deliver great insight as to the nature of personal calling, motivations, and growth points. NOTE: There is no reason to purchase both formats of the APEST unless you are buying tests for other people or are a group administrator.
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. The instrument determines the level of clarity and activity 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/organization, that about 5-10 people are nominated to take the test on behalf of the team.
Preparation: It is vital that each of the respondents have good working definitions of each of the various fivefold functions. Commonly agreed definitions are developed in conversation and with engagement with the Scriptures. Numerous 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) also support the conversation. You can download the necessary 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.). Other leaders in the church/organization (from cell leaders, leaders of 50, and above) should read the short 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). This book will be released later in 2017.
Process: The person setting the assessment up will be asked to nominate respondents who are (1) in critical 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 is then invited to fill out the questionnaire honestly and to the best of their abilities. It is important not to try to 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 an aggregated score. A downloadable report offers strategic and tactical suggestions of how to develop 5Q throughout your organization. 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
This assessment looks genuinely 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 organization/church leadership a 3-dimensional perspective which will enable the users to see how “mature” the faith community 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 understand the implications. This test is in line to be released by mid-2018. If you believe that your organization is ready for this, then please contact us here and we can provide access.