In my most difficult moments, I knew that there had to be more than I was seeing and experiencing. I also believed whole-heartedly that there was so much more kingdom life than we were living in our local church. I didn’t see the Mission coming alive and I wanted it so bad I could feel it in my bones.
My burning question was, “Why didn’t I feel like I was a part of the same movement I saw in the Scriptures?”
Perspective and Paradigm Shift
Eventually those frustrations grew until one day I was ready to just walk away from ministry altogether. I was moments away from going back to work in the “marketplace” and as my heart was about to leave the building, I opened my hands and, out of heaven, this book just kind of fell into it.
Truth be told, UPS dropped it off at my door – in a box.
I read it and everything started to change. It started me on a new adventure in my life as a disciple of Jesus and my calling in ministry.
The book was The Shaping Of Things To Come (2003), cowritten by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. It was written to remind Christian leaders that there is this DNA in us, this genetic structure that is waiting to be re-activated in the body of Christ, a dance waiting to be re-learned.[bctt tweet=”There is this DNA in us, waiting to be re-activated in the body of Christ. #5Q”]
It was a spirit-refreshing, soul-energizing, eye-opening vision of everything my heart had dreamt for the family of God. I was like, “THIS IS IT!” I knew I had to get involved somehow and that’s how I ended up on the 5Q team.
5Q is a tool that provides a theological platform for re-activating the western church. The work didn’t end with The Shaping Of Things To Come. That was only the beginning. A decade and half later, Alan is launching his latest work:
So, What is 5Q?
In Ephesians 4:11, the apostle Paul gives the church the sequence of it’s genetic structure: The Apostle, The Prophet, The Evangelist, The Shepherd and the Teacher. Those are the 5 quotients, or 5Q.
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