I did the APEST test again this evening and noticed a subtle shift from EA (evangelistic apostle) to AP (apostolic prophet)…interesting. Evangelist is still a close third. I recommend the test to you.
Profile for Apostolic + Prophetic
The Apostle Prophet is motivated engage great causes – no matter where it may take them. The AP is one who knows what needs to be done, and will mobilize others to engage in mission. The AP is not the most politically sensitive type and can put people off Their sense of urgency and vision makes up for their lack of political savvy. The nature of the AP is to see the world through a relative black ad white mentality. The motivation of the Apostle Prophet is to further the message of God’s kingdom through an urgency of the immediate tasks and large strategies.
Primary: 1 Apostolic: 43
The uniqueness of Apostolic leadership lies in the ability to pioneer new, innovative and mission minded works. This leadership style has the ability to oversee the development of apostolic works. Apostolic leadership has a unique sense of being sent, prepared specifically for a purpose. In a leader, he or she has an internal sense of urgency for the future, an awareness of the needs of tomorrow. Apostolic leadership seek opportunities to engage causes of significance larger than themselves. The mindset of the Apostolic is often trans-local, larger and more encompassing than the immediate. Apostolic leadership is the guardian of the organization’s DNA, or identity of the community and cause. He or she is an entrepreneur, a groundbreaker and strategist seeking to initiate an organization or individual’s purpose, service, or mission. The Apostolic leader impacts communities through extension. Apostolic leaders need to sense movement and change. The Apostolic influences by ensuring that Christianity is transmitted from one context to another, from one era to another.
* Visionary thinking and motivation
* Comfortable crossing boundaries – intellectual, social or cultural
* Entrepreneurial interests to build communities of faith
* Starting something new is energizing
* Pioneering new endeavors
* Strategic decision maker
* Innovative approaches and solutions
* Uncomfortable with the status quo
* See things holistically, part of larger system
* Understands multiple dynamics and components
* Deep relationships at a distance, in outside networks
* Need to move occasionally to pursue a new thing
Impact: Extension, the one who is sent.
* Cast vision to those around you. Do not be afraid to let your passion and excitement ignite others lives. Listen to the questions and comments of others. Often, these elements will identify details needing to be integrated into your message, providing greater clarity. Do not fear over-explaining why certain people, organizations and resources are necessary to stabilize the vision.
* Those nearest to you are likely to have an apostolic or prophetic mindset. Ask them to help explain and provide strategy for the vision. They are unlikely to know how to accomplish the vision. Allow them to inspire others toward understanding. Recruit and release other like-minded individuals to seed the vision within the structure of the movement.
* What you see as needed to further a missional cause may not be immediately seen by those near you. Envision within the local church, explaining themes for annual meetings, events, financial campaigns, and individuals. Depending on your mindset, some apostolic leaders serve best by inspiring people one at a time or to large groups.
Primary: 2 Prophetic: 33
The genius of Prophetic leadership is the ability to discern the spiritual realities in a given situation or community. This leadership style communicates the elements of the spiritual realities in a timely and appropriate way. Prophetic leadership’s main concern is to further the mission of God’s people and communities. The Prophetic has an innate sense of knowing the mind of God on issues concerning growth and transformation. As a leader, he or she is concerned that changes made today are needed to progress into the future. The Prophetic leader seeks integration between spiritual realities and immediate need. He or she is a questioner, freely disturbing the status quo and challenging individuals and organization to move in a different direction. He or she may probe individual or group awareness to solicit further questioning, all to gain clarity. The Prophetic leader impacts communities through integration. Prophetic leadership influences others by truth – telling, not afraid of speaking in a tension with the dominant way of thinking and practice.
“6.There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7.He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8.He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”
“21.Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22.Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23.Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror; 24.for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they look like.”
* Questions what has become normative
* Disturbs common thinking and practices
* Agitates for positive change
* Desires learning for purposes to influence
* Discerns the message of Truth
* Seeks to ensure an authentic response to Truth
* Core issue is one’s relationship with God
* Urgency felt now, in the moment, “this must happen.”
* Comfortable dismantling the present for future hope
* Deep compassion for the cause of the people
* Inspires all people to respond to God’s message
* May communicate creatively to get message across
Impact: Integration, the one who knows.
* You have great faith in what you believe, explain these beliefs with others. Your precise knowledge of what God calls us to do will encourage and assure people who naturally question or are indecisive. This encouragement and assurance leads others to confidence, faithfulness, obedience and influence.
* As a person who boldly communicates God’s truth, be aware of how strong your message can become. Ask those you trust for help with word choice, delivery and timing. The right message at the wrong time may easily be ignored. This may result in people getting tired with the persistence of the same message.
* You feel great ownership of the message God has given you. Think of ways you can communicate this message beyond words. How can you serve as a way to encourage their greater commitment? Then, commit yourself to serving in places that reflect your passion.