I helped beta test APEST 360 recently, developed by Alan Hirsch.
The APEST assessment is a profiling instrument designed to assist you in finding your ministry style in relation to the philosophy of the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4 (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, Teachers). It has emerged from 10 years of practical application of this model in various ministry contexts.
The 360 version integrates feedback from others into your profile as well.
My personal results: ATPES – Apostolic 44 / Teaching 25 / Prophetic 22 / Evangelistic 19 / Shepherding 8
Apostolic + Teaching
The Apostle Teacher inspires by communicating the need to pioneer new endeavors. The AT takes time to explain so others understand the dynamics of mission. The AT has a keen sense of systems, particularly the inherent logic of Christianity as a whole. The AT is creative and inventive with words, moving people forward with new ideas. The AT promotes active learning in the process of mission. The motivation of the Apostle Teacher is the urgency of taking the Faith outward, crossing boundaries of understanding to reach those who need to know. The AT is thus a natural activist-philosopher – ideas serve the cause.
My friends think: APETS – Apostolic 31 / Prophetic 25 / Evangelistic 24 / Teaching 22 / Shepherding 19
Apostolic + Prophetic
The Apostle Prophet is motivated engage great causes – no matter where it may take them. The AP is one who knows what needs to be done, and will mobilize others to engage in mission. The AP is not the most politically sensitive type and can put people off Their sense of urgency and vision makes up for their lack of political savvy. The nature of the AP is to see the world through a relative black ad white mentality. The motivation of the Apostle Prophet is to further the message of God’s kingdom through an urgency of the immediate tasks and large strategies
Note – Out of 9 responses however – 2 of my friends skewed my results because they thought they were taking the test on behalf of themselves! I can’t seem to take their results out of my score.
Apostolic is clearly up there, obviously my friends don’t think I’m that hot at teaching, and we can agree that my shepherding abilities are poor.
As with all of these types of profiling tools, I’m always left with, “uh huh, now what?”