I recently read J.R. Woodward’s book, Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World. If you liked The Permanent Revolution and want to go into more depth with the concepts explored there, you’d probably enjoy working your way through Woodward’s latest book.
What it does is it takes a fresh approach to the concept of the 5-fold APEST ministry. Creating a Missional Culture explores those gifts with an interesting angle on each from a missional ministry perspective. For example, he calls apostles “dream awakeners” and teachers “light givers.”
Although the book is not a comprehensive treatise on the 5-fold gifts, it does provide a creative lens that gives a missional perspective on how those five leadership gifts work together in the church and in the reshaping of culture. As a companion work to The Permanent Revolution by Alan Hirsch, Creating a Missional Culture takes that conversation further. It’s a thought-provoking read from an author who doesn’t just think about ministry, but is engaged and seeking to do ministry alongside others.