Neil Cole has a new book out and I just finished reading it. I’ve already highlighted two books (one by Alan Hirsch and one by JR Woodward) on this blog that address the APEST model of leadership– apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher– and now Neil Cole has put in his contribution on this important topic.
You won’t find a lot of practical how-tos in this book. But you will find a thoughtful theological and biblical reflection on his experience of working with an APEST team. As is typically Neil, the book is very biblically based and very thought-provoking. It will challenge you on some points, and you may not agree with everything, but Neil has a way of looking at the biblical text in a fresh but thorough way. It’s worth the read to get to that level of depth and then extract useful elements for your ministry.
Primal Fire focuses more on the foundations and roots of APEST. If you want the practical out-workings and implementation of how to start churches using the APEST framework, then check out Beyond Church Planting (coauthored by Neil and me).
Primal Fire: Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus
In the earliest days of the church, followers of Jesus embraced five core spiritual gifts―apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers―and the world was set on fire as a result. Over the past two thousand years, however, some of these gifts have been neglected or set aside, and we’ve forgotten what we’re capable of. Now, in […]
Beyond Church Planting
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