As we’ve been digging into Season 4: Jesus, Gamers, and Church we’ve explored many different types of gaming church, and we’re seeing many different people with different skill sets fit into different roles. Gaming church is a beautiful picture where churches, missionaries, and moderators all come together to create not just a single church, but a fully functioning ministry!
Church planters know of this idea (revived in recent years by Alan Hirsch and others) called APEST & the Fivefold Ministry. Modern Church Planters (and arguably all church leaders) should be encouraged to build out their leadership teams representing APEST: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. As we dig into each role, we recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each role, but more than that, we see how APEST works together best when these roles are unified, when they work together.
How does APEST apply to Gaming Church, and to Gaming Culture? Let’s find out when we ask Lux Digital Church’s Mark Lutz, as well as Zach Miller from Storyland Studios (and Nerd Culture Ministry Collective) as we explore APEST in Gaming Church.
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ABOUT MARK LUTZ
Mark is the lead and founding pastor of Lux Digital Church. He lives in and has pastored outside of Pittsburgh, PA since 2010 and in March of 2021 he and his family decided to start an entirely online church in the gaming community. He has two daughters named Brooklyn and Aria and spends most of his free time gaming and spending time with his family. Mark is passionate about reaching people that would rather go to Hell than come to church and he believes that many of them can only be reached through the screen that's in front of them for hours every day.
ABOUT ZACH MILLER
Zach got a degree in business administration and at one point even worked in construction. Naturally the next step would be working in the digital church environment. Currently, Zach is a producer for PlainJoe Studios, a Storyland Studio. PlainJoe Studios designs for churches and nonprofits and shares the big idea on how they can help the church accomplish storytelling worthy of a story, and how it can be stewarded well. He considers himself a big nerd and wants to help propel digital connections in digital spaces.
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