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Missional Communities series | Post #9

February 14, 2011

Well, we’re a little over a month into this series on Missional Communities. The past few posts have dealt with Ephesians 4’s ministry gifts.

In this post we looked at how the different 5-Fold gifts lead Missional Communities.
In this post we examined what immature versions of these gifts look like.

I guess this has turned out to be a bit of a “series-in-a-series” as we will have one more post today on the 5-Fold gifts as it relates to Missional Communities.

One of the questions our team at 3DM is asked pretty frequently is how to identify what base gifting people are out of the Ephesians 4 5-Fold Ministry gifts: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Teacher and Pastor.

Now I’m not going to pretend there is a hard and fast rule for doing that. But we can provide different lenses to help people, right? As we’ve thought about it, it seems that each of these archetypes asks a fundamental question. A question, if you will, that burns more brightly and passionately than any others. I’ve found this can be a helpful way of finding out someone’s base gifting.

  • Apostles Core Question | Are we leading the people of God to their destiny? (future oriented)
  • Prophets Core Question | Are the people of God hearing his voice and actually responding? (integrity/justice oriented)
  • Evangelists Core Question | Are more people entering into the Kingdom of God? (new life oriented)
  • Teachers Core Question | Are the people of God immersing themselves in scripture and incarnating it? (truth oriented)
  • Pastors Core Question | Are the people of God seeing transformation, healing and redemption? (transformation oriented)

It’s fascinating, actually, that when you look at how each of these sees the world through these questions, how important it is to have each of them present in the communities we are a part of! Do you want to be part of a community that isn’t future oriented? Or truth oriented? Or that doesn’t care about justice or integrity? Or isn’t seeking new life or transformation? All of these are needed and work in concert together.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. chrisperret permalink
    February 14, 2011 2:16 pm

    Really helpful questions!

  2. Mark permalink
    February 14, 2011 3:29 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Do you use a test or something like that to identify the gifts people have?



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