Release the Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic…part 1

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[This post is part of the A.P.E. Theology series. Read the rest of the posts here!]

“Inside of every apple is an orchard” – Donald McGavran

This is the beginning of a blog dedicated to unleashing the potential inside of every believer to lead movements in Jesus name. We firmly believe that every person following Jesus has an important role to play in advancing the Kingdom of God.

In the same way a seed produces a tree and then eventually an orchard, we believe that the Holy Spirit filling and dwelling in a soul (seed) can produce a disciple of Christ (tree) and in affect a movement of Jesus followers (orchard) radically changing the world.

There are millions of seeds all around the world waiting to be activated and sent on God’s Mission!

We believe the key to these seeds flourishing is the release of the APE!

It is time we “Release the APE” inside the church and to world just like we did in the early church. If the church is going to be effective in mission and healthy in growth, we must empower all five vocations, not just two. We need the Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic as well as the Shepherd and Teacher. We need the APE, not just the ST.

When Constantine made Christianity the official religion in the early fourth century, the game changed. The church became central, worship was welcomed and Christianity spread like wildfire. The role of the pastor and teacher grew tremendously because so many souls awakening to Christ needed teaching, guidance and training in the ways of Jesus and holy living. The church was central in culture, people saw it as such and when there was a problem with life, a matter to settle, or a question about God, people turned there. The shepherd teacher model was perfect and these were the kinds of leaders we needed desperately. In a culture where the church is central and people are drawing in towards her, you need shepherds to guide and teachers to train.

But in a missionary culture like the one the West faces today, you need more catalytic leaders who are going to take the gospel out and spark things for God where the people are. In a culture where the church is not central and people are not turning to her for the answers in a majority way, you need to take the gospel out, and you need make space for Jesus to manifest himself in culture right where the people are!

Today we face this kind of culture in the West. Christianity is not central anymore in the west and we are living in a “Post-Christendom” era. Many of our friends are not turning to the church and if you have more than one conversation about faith, or watch the news long enough, you will quickly see that Jesus is not the person many are turning to with questions, problems and matters of life.

In a “Post-Christendom” culture like the one we have today, you need every person in the church to be a player and you especially need the more catalytic functions of the church fully activated. The apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic vocations need to be released fully!

Ephesians 4 talks about the five-fold ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, Teachers.

[tomorrow I will continue this post and talk about what the APE being released can look like]

What to Expect

This whole blog is designed around discussing three gifts/vocations of the church (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist) and inspiring you through story, teaching and encouragement to live into those giftings if that is what Christ has gifted you and called you to be.

Many Writers

This blog is going to feature many different writers from different places in the world and walks of life. But here is the deal: all the writers are APEs and all of them are leading ministry now. We are excited to share with you Real-Time stories of how we are leading out of the APE vocations so you can see how it’s done and what it looks like to live and lead as an APE. We really want to help us all get these words and vocations back into our language and Churches!

[Starting Wednesday, we will kick off a series featuring each writer and their story of discovering the APE inside of them. Our goal is to help you see inside of each one of us so you can find similar stirrings and identify the APE in you too!]

Connect With Us

Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to our blog because in the coming days, each writer is going to share their APE testimony and why they are excited to write on this blog!

It is time we stop stuffing every person and leader in the church into the “Pastor” box and “Release the A.P.E.”

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So tell me…

Do you see a lack of APE leaders in the Church and world?

Please comment below and join the conversation!

[This post is part of the A.P.E. Theology series. Read the rest of the posts here!]

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About Beau Crosetto

Beau is the author of "Beyond Awkward: when talking about Jesus is outside your comfort zone". He called by God is to raise up and release people that want to start new ministries (apostolic) as well as people that want to share their faith (evangelists). He currently is the Greater Los Angeles Director for Greek InterVarsity and in charge of specifically seeing new Greek (fraternity & sorority) InterVarsity chapters start on college campuses. Beau is married to Kristina and they have two kids: Noah (4) and Sophia (2).

  • http://twitter.com/TyRiffe Tyler Riffe (@TyRiffe)

    Pumped to hear more! And in answer to your question… yes i see a lack of APE leaders.

    There are lots of exciting “global missions” stories… which is AWESOME, and i want to see more. But on the whole their are fewer everyday missions stories. Where one believer, or a group starts a movement in their workplace or with their friends and family.

    Looking forward to hearing how to play a role in seeing God spark movements here as well as there!

    • http://releasetheape.com Beau Crosetto

      Tyler, we couldn’t agree more. Here is to the hope and dream that more “every day” missions and movements will spark in the work place, pub, fraternity house and beyond!

      • miguellabrador

        Beau,

        While I might be a bit “vested” in missions as “cross-cultural,” I would suggest that it is possible to me a missional missionary. One can not seek to enhance “everyday” missions or movements without specialized “non-every day” missions and movements.

        They are interdependent. More simply put, our scope is not only our back yards, but also across the borders. And, neither is possible without the APE’s

  • miguellabrador

    Welcome to the blogosphere! And yet, I think this endeavor will be much more than just your everyday blog.

    Introductions: My name is Miguel, and I, along with my wife, are Missionaries is the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. There are no other cross-cultural missionaries here, nor have there been in many years. We have seen explosive growth in the church regionally and have witnessed over 10 generations of disciples made. How?

    By doing what you’re doing here on this site. Equipping people according to their giftings which include the characteristics of Apostles, Prophets, and Evangelists. It is our firm belief that that the church has for too long been trying to serve tables with with missing or shortened legs.

    I pray that your wondrously dangerous endeavor finds it target audience and reaches well beyond. I have written much on Ephesians 4:11,12, and the often omitted 13, and look forward to seeing how this community fosters others.

    • http://gravatar.com/jonhietbrink Jon Hietbrink

      Awesome stuff, Miguel–praise God! Thanks for checking out the blog, will look forward to interacting more!

    • http://releasetheape.com Beau Crosetto

      Miguel thanks for sharing your story and I am honored you are reading our blog! I would love to read some of your stuff so send it my way if possible! Keep pressing the Kingdom forward!

      • miguellabrador

        You and others can read my blog here: http:www.deivations.in

  • Jessica

    looks great! Can’t wait to read more!

  • http://prteamwellness.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com Dr. Paul Bowman

    Yeah…and we need to assess more people using http://www.apest.org. It is Alan Hirsch’s website (Eph 4:11-13).

    • Eric Rafferty

      That’s a great resource, Paul! Here’s another assessment tool from Mike Breen and the 3DM team. I like this one for broad use because it’s free!

      http://fivefoldsurvey.com/

  • Ron Klein

    Agree on the APE. Been studying this for years. Where I will disagree, but open for correction, is the role of the P and T. When ever Paul left someone to oversee a work he left elders, not P or T. I believe APEPT are a team that move around a segment of “churches” that they the AP are the foundation of. The E role is to come into the bodys and teach them how to evangelize and then pray over them and release them. The P is to train the elder how to shephard and the teacher train the elder along with on occasions teach to the body. The APEPT are not permanent fixtures in the local church. In the end their purpose is to bring into unity the body.:):):)

  • http://gravatar.com/arlenerauen arlenerauenArlene Rauen

    This is going to be awesome guys…I thouroughly(spelling?) love reading what people are saying and doing who are made of the same cloth,,,it really spurs me on to love

    • http://releasetheape.com Beau Crosetto

      That is awesome! thanks for sharing! Keep going…Love those people!

  • http://www.truenorthquest.com Brian

    This new web property sounds very promising! It is pretty clear that in the past 2 to 3 decades we are seeing a reactivation of the apostolic and prophetic. It makes sense to me that new generations coming into the faith will have this DNA in them – they are born into the Kingdom current with what the Holy Spirit is doing. Hey, “APE DNA” can come to fruition very easily and naturally. And I love the campus focus. Looking forward to it!