What is the Five Fold Bible dot Com?

The Purpose of fivefoldbible.com is to expand the paradigms
of Apostle – Prophet – Evangelist – Shepherd – Teacher
through Christ, Culture, Community and Creativity

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Telling The Five Fold Story

5 Ways APEST Is Changing The Way We Church

The reason that we are doing so much talking about the Five Fold/APEST/5Q  is because we find this pastor heavy ministry or pastor/teacher heavy ministry in the majority western church today. You might have differing theological opinions about this, and with good reason, however, the incontrovertible fact is that the way we are doing ministry is taking a great toll on those called to be in ministry the way we currently practice it.

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Is APEST Another Personality Test?

In recent conversations, a common question keeps coming up among people who are diving deep into the five fold paradigm and those who are at all familiar. The question is this: Is APEST just another personality test?

Another way to ask this is: What is the difference between APEST and something like Strength Finders or Myers Briggs? So, I thought I’d create a post that addresses both of the questions.

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Three Ways Wonder Woman Is A Great Apostle

As we explore APEST, the Apostle is a wily one to find archetypes to use. I guess we could watch the movie, Jobs, but that would be the boringest blog post ever in the history of boring blog posts. So, we have to work with archetypal moments. 

The new Wonder Woman movie gives us just that moment. 

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The Spiderman Shaped Shepherd

The Shepherd is imbued with the power to embrace the woman who won’t let go of a destructive relationship – you know, the stuff that otherwise ends up in late night Facebook status updates. The Shepherd is also entrusted with the holy tasks of meddling and interfering in the lives of ordinary saints doing extraordinarily dumb things.

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Shepherds In the Mix And In the Mess

It's a challenge to write about the Shepherd/Pastor. We're so familiar with this gifting, over familiar even. The "Pastor" is the catch all job title of the Western Protestant Church Leader, right?. Pastors are spiritual leaders, business visionaries, heads of staff,...

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Five Teachers That Explode The Paradigm

Remember that iconic moment in Ferris Bueller's Day Off? That one where the Teacher (a monotone Ben Stein) repeats the names on roll call over and over again? "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" Right there we know what that class is in for. We all had that...

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Blog: Geurrilla Wordfare

Breaking Free From Church, Inc™

Breaking Free From Church, Inc™

In a couple of posts on the Shepherd, I’ve alluded to Church, Inc™, the idea that the super-nature of the church can be reduced to mere nature; that calling is reduced to hiring, pastor is reduced to employee, elder is reduced to board member, sermon is reduced to entertainment, worship is reduced to music, ministry is reduced to volunteering…it goes on an on.

Knowledge Isn’t What You Think

Knowledge Isn’t What You Think

It’s no secret that the stats say the Church in the West isn’t doing well. Oooh! Great blog post! I didn’t know that! Thanks. There’s an easy fix to it, though. Well, it’s simple, actually I’m damn pretty damn sure that it isn’t easy. In fact, I’ll probably get death...

When Your Relationship Becomes Your Religion

When Your Relationship Becomes Your Religion

Let’s look at a couple of reasons why it’s such a terrible idea for your Girlfriend to Become your God -or- your boyfriend to go from your sexy beast to sacred blessing…just…Oooh.

I Would Serve More, If I Got To Play Guitar

I Would Serve More, If I Got To Play Guitar

My hat is off to Carey Nieuwhof. When it comes to blog posts that equip leader like never beofre, he is knocking them out of the park. In a recent post titled, Basic Mistakes Churches Make Over And Over Again (which if you haven't read yet, then click the link...we'll...

Who’s A Rockstar? You Are!

True Confession: The Replacements bring me joy! Yeah! He's going to connect The Replacements to Pastoral Ministry. GenX for everyone. I'm handing it out. Song number 3 on Side one of Pleased To Meet Me is called "I Don't Know." I've...