APEST: Knowing Your Calling
Do you ever struggle with understanding why God made you the way he did? Have you ever asked, "What does God want me to do to serve him?" Have you ever wondered how God expects his church to function in order to fulfill its call to effectively witness to and serve the world he loves?
APEST is a tool based on Ephesians 4 which helps followers of Christ recognize how they have been gifted for work in building His kingdom. FPC wants every covenant partner and committed attendee to take this 15-20 minute test in order to get connected with God's mission based on their unique gifting.
APEST comes from Paul's letter to the Ephesians where he names gifts or callings within the church that Jesus Christ gave when he ascended into heaven after his resurrection, Paul says,
"But to each of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of Christ." Ephesians 4:7, 11-13
Every believer has been the recipient of at least one, but usually a few, of these gifts, and all the gifts are necessary for the fullness of Christ to be expressed by His body, the church. Alan Hirsch, author and teacher of the APEST paradigm says,
"As APEST equips us (individually and collectively) to do what Jesus did, the church begins to not only grow in every way, it also begins to reflect to the world the full spectrum of Christ's character and ministry. APEST positions the church to actually start functioning and looking like Christ. When this happens, the full impact of Christ's ministry is reproduced through the church for the sake of the world." – Alan Hirsch, The Permanent Revolution
If you would like to learn more about your results, read the descriptions of each gifting through clicking on the images below. If you have any questions about the assessment or how you can develop your gifting, please contact Kimberly Chassay.
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