The fourth part from my book Church Zero! Click Here for the whole book!
Ephesians 4 helps us collect and identify the equipment, outlining the labels on the kitbags: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive And gave gifts to men.…” And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. (Eph. 4: 8, 11– 12 NKJV) •Kitbag 1: apostle •Kitbag 2: prophet •Kitbag 3: evangelist •Kitbag 4: pastor •Kitbag 5: teacher Are we using all the kitbags or just the one labeled “pastor”? Kitbags are what commandos wear in addition to their parachutes. They contain tools to get the wet-work done. Our commanding officer dropped these five kitbags to transform Mission Impossible to Mission Possible. Once the understanding that these five roles worked together to accomplish the mission was called the fivefold ministry, but with all the weird and dysfunctional baggage attached to the term, it’s been abandoned. Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost reworked the title to “APEST” (an acronym for apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher). If that works for you, cool. But whatever you call it, the biblical principle of team planting is essential. Personally, I like the term FIST. It doesn’t have the number five in it, and it isn’t an acronym, but it’s wicked cool. Fists of Fury, the Man with the Iron Fist. It speaks of doing some damage to the enemy. We all have two fists. Hold one out and study it. All five of your fingers come together toward the center of your hand to clench into a powerful weapon to bust teeth loose. All five fingers are uniquely different. My index finger points at you, my middle finger tells you I’m angry, my ring finger tells you I’m committed to you until death, and my pinky might have something to say about my sexual orientation if I extend it while drinking tea. My opposable thumb? Well, that allows me to hold it all together to pack a punch. Each finger, completely unique and impressive on its own, but not individually threatening, comes together to become a haymaker! That’s pretty boss! From here on out, I’ll be referring to the coming together of these five leaders as a combined force as FIST leadership. Jones, Peyton. Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church (pp. 69-70). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.
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