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where have all the APE’s gone?

Here is an article Alan Hirsch wrote for Leadership Journal: Three Over-Looked Leadership Roles

What I found to be helpful in this article is the legitimizing of leadership roles beyond proto-typical role of pastor-teacher so often expected and the trajectory of MDiv programs. Even more helpful was the labeling of a leadership role for philosophers!

Ephesians 4.11-13 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

St. Paul has given us a beautiful picture of what the church could and probably should be. My concern is that has Hirsch made this a prescription for all times; that our leadership structures should contain these five roles and only these five roles

What about artists? Yes an artist could fill a role of prophet or even teacher, but what about an artist being an artist. Is there room in our leadership structure for artists and mystics [insert any others you may think of]?

An interesting point: on Hirsch’s blog he mentions that the editors of his article shifted the emphasis from the ministry of all believers to a leadership typology.


About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science


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