In 5Q, Alan Hirsch takes a deep dive into the fivefold (APEST) typology of ministry as articulated in Ephesians 4:1–16. With profound theological and cultural insight as well as innovative practice, Hirsch once again not only shifts the conversation itself, but also the scorecard on how we understand calling, church, leadership, and organization.
5Q is a holistic lens by which we can see ourselves, our functions and our churches in a whole new light. As an interpretative key, is not so much a collection of ideas as much as it is a pair of glasses through which we can see the world (and the church) differently.
5Q is not some fancy new idea. Rather, it is a deeply biblical idea, but it runs way deeper than we have ever thought. This is good news because we don’t have to invent it, we simply need to reactivate it. Reactivating it involves the rediscovery of something that was always there, a latent potential (quotient) in the very being and structure of the Body of Christ. 5Q therefore must be viewed as an intrinsic and irreplaceable part of the very coding of a system that God has designed and embedded into the whole world, but most especially into the Body of Christ through the redemptive work of Jesus–who is the perfect embodiment of the five APEST identities and functions.