Scot McKnight’s influential blog, Jesus Creed, is up with a review of an earlier Alan Hirsch book The Forgotten Ways that, like his book The Permanent Revolution, deals in part with 5-fold ministry. The review, by John Frye, is somewhat disappointing to me because having read and reviewed Hirsch’s Permanent Revolution I was hoping to see Frye interact with it. Nonetheless, it is a helpful post and it raises some of the same questions I have attempted to raise in my piece for Books & Culture. Here is a key quote from Frye:
Because there is no one “pure” early church or historical template on how to do church at the pastoral leadership level, I have no problem with those who want to learn about and implement the five-fold ministry model. I cannot say that there is anything wrong with it. Hirsch offers very stimulating and pragmatic ideas around APEPT. Yet, I do push back on that model or any other model that allegedly trumps or replaces the traditional view of pastor.
I believe that Frye will find that in The Permanent Revolution Hirsch again “offers very stimulating and pragmatic ideas” but he also goes much further in putting forward the idea that the APEPT model “trumps or replaces the traditional view.”