Self Evaluation: APEST

You can always be learning.  I often pray for a soft heart and that God allows me to never be so set in my ways that I forget how important it is to stop and listen to someone else.  Even though I may disagree the whole nine yards, I want to be willing to “hear someone out”.  (Tact is a huge tool for ministry, some people have it, others don’t (if you don’t, work on it).

Part of having a teachable and trainable spirit is to open yourself up for some teaching.  I think there is a variety of tools online and in book form that can help us all grow.  One tool that came across my desk the other day was the APEST (links are not working today for some odd reason, try copying and pasting this into your browser:  test.  In short, the APEST is a way assist you to finding your ministry style in relation to the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4.

Basically the test is broken down into the following

  • Apostles extend the gospel
  • Prophets know God’s will
  • Evangelists recruit
  • Shepherds nurture and protect
  • Teachers understand and explain

Here is a sample of me from my test results…

Jordan Muck: Primary #1 – Evangelistic

Evangelistic leadership communicates the gospel message in a way that people respond by having greater faith in themselves and their purpose. Evangelistic leadership inspires people to greater commitments of following and discipleship. The Evangelistic leadership recruits others for a cause. In a leader, he or she senses the urgency of the moment and engages what needs to be changed now for what must happen in the future. Often, the Evangelistic leader comfortable around believers and non-believers alike – each seen as they can be. As the owner of the message, the Evangelist leader will make great sacrifices to achieve a genuine response. He or she is a communicator / recruiter, taking the organizations message to the outside, and convincing them of it. Evangelistic leadership markets and promotes an idea or vision to gain loyalty allegiance to the cause. The Evangelistic leader impacts the community through expansion. The Evangelist leader influences others by calling for greater personal response and sacrifice to a greater cause and purpose.

  • Luke 19:9-10;Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
  • Romans 10:14-15;How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!


  • Recruits for a cause
  • Makes clear the message of salvation
  • Communicates passionately
  • Message of organizational purpose
  • Needs others to hear and respond
  • Creates genuine, organic growth in people
  • Core issue is conversion, coming to faith
  • Naturally enthusiastic, enthusiasm can be contagious
  • A perspective that sees people as souls needing faith
  • Can personalize and contextualize the message of God’s love
  • Motivated to see the people move toward Christ
  • Needs response from people, leads to belief and belonging

Impact: Expansion, the one who recruits.

  • You believe the community of faith is a place where people need to belong. This belonging is achieved through a believing relationship with Jesus Christ. Establish meaningful relationships and a genuine commitment to the people of your community; this will develop a trust to support the work you are called to do.
  • Once people respond to the call of God, help them integrate into the community. Because you ultimately care about their belonging, introduce them to people who will welcome them, so they feel a sense of home and belonging. This will help others see your connection to the mission of the church.
  • As the gatekeeper of the church, you may be seen as more welcoming and accommodating than others. Your openness to new people, diversity and differences in cultural nuances may be seen as threatening. Take time to explain how God’s love is expressed to people from all backgrounds.

NOTE: I need to talk and discuss with other people about my results some more but for the most part I’m leaning toward, BINGO!

What About You?

Have you ever taken the APEST test?  If so, how did you score?  Did it help you at all in your ministry, walk with God, or spiritual life?  What other test have you taken that are effective for helping you learn and have equipped you for ministry?  If you have never taken tests for spiritual growth, why haven’t you?

I’m curious…



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