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The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

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A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world "The Permanent Revolution" is a work of theological re-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblical studies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, and key social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic role rooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 6th 2012 by Jossey-Bass
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Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for content, three for style. The call for the church to return to true apostolic leadership and vision working in conjunction with the entirety of the Ephesians based five fold ministry is invaluable. The verbose and redundant writing is in desperate need of a good editor and in danger of providing overload due to repetition. This very important book is about 100 pages too long. Nonetheless, it is a necessary read and fits squarely within the context of new wineskins in the church. W ...more
Robert Logan
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim’s latest book, Permanent Revolution, certainly provides some food for thought. It’s the most thorough treatment of APEST (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher) that I’ve seen. APEST, obviously, has huge implications in the world of church planting and Christian leadership.

One thought that stood out to me is the assertion that all believers, not just leaders, fall somewhere on this spectrum. Whatever gifts God has given them, they tend to concentrate in one
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am only a few chapters into this book but it's quite enlightening as it pushes you to think beyond tradition. It's like, finally, someone "gets it" and can articulate very well the things that run through my mind on a regular basis! Getting lots of questions answered and am really encouraged by what I see here! ...lots of possibilities! ...more
Shamshadeen Mayers
If you want to understand the true meaning of what it means to be an apostle read this book.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must read for understanding apostolic ministry

All current and next gen church leaders must read this book to understand what God is doing. Please read it!
Jonatan Lige
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy vocabulary. At times, focus and content were lost. However, there were interesting parallels and examples of life. Great good research!
Very powerful !
Len Hjalmarson
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Galations is the Magna Carta of Christian Freedom, Ephesians is the Constitution of the church. Catchim and Hirsch pick up this thread from Markus Barth, and then leverage it in their appropriation of Ephesians 4.

In "The Permanent Revolution" (TPR), Catchim and Hirsch nail their theses to the door of the western church. Without a recovery of her missing gifts, the church in the west will continue her decline. H and C hope that the HS will light the church afire so the world can watch her burn
Adam Parker
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
This book lays out the biblical definition of what makes up the church and how to turn the church from "monument" to "movement." Page after page I came across "new" ways to view age old scriptures that I thought I had understood. The book starts out strong, lags in the middle, but really picks up near the end. Tough it out, I assure you that you and your church will benefit from the read. Become aware of your function and giftedness (APEST) within the body and fill that roll you have been called ...more

Ok. Honestly there's a ton of 'common sense' stuff in here. I'm not sure we are 'gifted' APEST gifts as much as they simply evolve in us, at different times and in different forms. Our 'nurture' seems to be a bigger driver of these 'gifts'. I can see how this would be beneficial to a group, but I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with the information.... other than join a group. But in my 'day-to-day', this isn't a game changer; just a systematic take on Ephesians 3 and 4.
I have just started reading this book and I am on chapter 2 so far it is an excellent academic review of the fivefold ministry found any Ephesians chapter 4 verse 11. Alan Hirsch does a tremendous job by explaining the fivefold ministry with many charts and diagrams. He challenges the Western church to change by installing the fivefold ministry government.
Eli Suddarth
A healthy dose of articulate "what" and "why" but lacking on imagining "how." Hirsch and Ferguson's "On the Verge" supplies more of that "how" component, but a lot of material on apostleship is presented here that could use a bit more in terms of practical or tangible processing. Still a good book; well worth reading if you're involved in church planting or re-planting. ...more
Darren Carter
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books on the five-fold ministry along with the apostolic and this is by far the best. It is a well thought out presentation, detailed, practical and well rounded approach to the subject. I highly recommend reading this book. If you are looking for a charismatic approach to this subject then this is not the book for you, but you can definetly glean from the authors perspective.
Mark R.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hirsch and Catchim do a marvelous job weaving together the various academic fields and methodologies demanded of missiology. The result is a rare text that offers a biblical model that resonates with historical data and offers powerful guidance for engaging in the mission of God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit today.
Ron Willoughby
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: church-planting
I like Alan Hirsch. This is my fourth or fifth book of his. The first 150 pages or so were quality, vintage Hirsch. Then for the next 150 pages it seemed like every few pages of a synopsis of something covered in more detail in another Hirsch book. Disappointing. I appreciated the overview of modal/sodal toward the end and overall the book is of value. Thus, the three stars.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The BEST book I've read on the fivefold ministry gifts (Ephesians 4). This book recovers the role of the apostle, prophet, and evangelist that has been lost in Christendom for years. Hirsch highlights the importance of the apostle in starting Jesus movements.

A must read for church leaders and/or anyone who wants to see God's "kingdom come and His will be done on earth..."
James Kim
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important books about the emerging future of the church. Whatever else we want to say, the reality is that the church has limited its ministry by ignoring the ministry of prophets, evangelists, and apostles.
Werner J. Swart
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly ground-breaking book discussing the role of the Apostolic gift in and for the Church in the 21st century. Not only does it give good pointers on what a truly apostolic movement should look like but also talks about the other gifts and how all of the gifts are so needed. Truly insightful.
John Wentz
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim Catchim is a genius. He and Alan Hirsch are able to bring great clarity to the five fold ministry conversation with this text. I found it an insightful read with plenty of new insights to bring a balanced and hopeful approach to how we look at the Holy Spirit's gifting a within the church. ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was fun to read a book that affirms the increasing call I feel God is inviting me to live. I particularly liked the distinction between Petrine and Pauline apostleship. I have largely operated in the Petrine world but wonder if some of my gifting would also lend itself to Pauline.
Charles Lindsey
can't wait to read it again. So much stuff! Love the chapter on Gospel expansion not church planting. Very challenging! ...more
Steve Morici
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very thought provoking.
Justin Woodall
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Not bad. The book had some helpful insight in building ministry teams. The details of the "apostolic" ministry are thorough, but laborious at times. ...more
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Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways; co-author ...more

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