THE FIVE PERSONAS

Tapestry Magazine's content is broken up into five sections or personas. These personas are based on the fivefold ministry functions outlined in Ephesians 4:11-13:

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  

These functions are not simply spiritual gifts but a model for how the church is meant to function, in order that we would grow in both unity and maturity. We want our personas to mirror this archetype. Our hope is that our content will bring the voice, perspective, and role of each persona to life and that each persona will bring diversity, texture, and a wholeness to the publication in its entirety. Each one of us will most likely connect with one persona over the other, but each one of us will benefit from the unique role and influence that each persona has on the body of Christ.

Here's a little more about the five personas:

 
 
THE PRophet She has an ear to heaven. She knows God's will, and His truth consumes her. THE PROPHET confronts the current of culture and calls us to resist the status quo. Her words are bold and fearless—they pierce the heart and demand action. She refuses to see His church settle for anything less than His will, and she's committed to boldly and firmly communicating that message.

THE PRophet

She has an ear to heaven. She knows God's will, and His truth consumes her. THE PROPHET confronts the current of culture and calls us to resist the status quo. Her words are bold and fearlessthey pierce the heart and demand action. She refuses to see His church settle for anything less than His will, and she's committed to boldly and firmly communicating that message.

THE evangelist She steps into the world with magnetic authenticity. With infectious boldness and a mind on Kingdom momentum, she dares disciples to win souls. The heart of THE EVANGELIST beats to expand God’s Kingdom, but she recruits in the context of relationship, drawing unbelieving hearts to respond personally to Him. Trusted friend and guardian of story, she woos the world to a place of belonging and hope because she always lives in light of who—and whose—she is.

THE evangelist

She steps into the world with magnetic authenticity. With infectious boldness and a mind on Kingdom momentum, she dares disciples to win souls. The heart of THE EVANGELIST beats to expand God’s Kingdom, but she recruits in the context of relationship, drawing unbelieving hearts to respond personally to Him. Trusted friend and guardian of story, she woos the world to a place of belonging and hope because she always lives in light of whoand whoseshe is.

 
 
THE SHEpherd She extends her hands in invitation, looking after those entrusted to her—even those who might bristle or be afraid. THE SHEPHERD cares deeply for the church and pursues depth in all areas. Because of her warm, intentional care, the flock matures and draws closer to Christ. She's a nourisher and caregiver, and the way she fosters love enriches those around her. Her greatest concern is the maturity of God's people, the developing of the church, the making of disciples, and she creates a restful space for that. She keeps her community under her wing much like our Father keeps us under His. Her peaceful demeanor comes from the Lord, and it helps people feel safe to grow—to be real.

THE SHEpherd

She extends her hands in invitation, looking after those entrusted to hereven those who might bristle or be afraid. THE SHEPHERD cares deeply for the church and pursues depth in all areas. Because of her warm, intentional care, the flock matures and draws closer to Christ. She's a nourisher and caregiver, and the way she fosters love enriches those around her. Her greatest concern is the maturity of God's people, the developing of the church, the making of disciples, and she creates a restful space for that. She keeps her community under her wing much like our Father keeps us under His. Her peaceful demeanor comes from the Lord, and it helps people feel safe to growto be real.

THE TEACHER She sheds light on the obscure and creates comprehension. THE TEACHER easily connects the logic of Scripture with the heart of the Gospel, and her role is to brighten the mystery of the church along with the story of the world—to communicate and explain how God has been weaving His tapestry since the beginning of time. She's researched and reliable and inquisitive about details. Her systematic knowledge and use of metaphor enlightens those she instructs, and she paves a way for understanding. Her comprehension of the biblical plot brings order to a world entangled in uncertainty, and her practical manner constructs a transferable doctrine, keeping her community grounded in truth.  

THE TEACHER

She sheds light on the obscure and creates comprehension. THE TEACHER easily connects the logic of Scripture with the heart of the Gospel, and her role is to brighten the mystery of the church along with the story of the worldto communicate and explain how God has been weaving His tapestry since the beginning of time. She's researched and reliable and inquisitive about details. Her systematic knowledge and use of metaphor enlightens those she instructs, and she paves a way for understanding. Her comprehension of the biblical plot brings order to a world entangled in uncertainty, and her practical manner constructs a transferable doctrine, keeping her community grounded in truth.

 

 
 
THE APOSTLE She sees beyond what is actual to what is possible! THE APOSTLE looks past the barriers to see the potential, beyond the obstacles to see the opportunity. She is full of faith and her goal is expansion—exploring new territory, taking new ground. She compels the church to look beyond the circumstances of today to live in light of the opportunity of tomorrow.

THE APOSTLE

She sees beyond what is actual to what is possible! THE APOSTLE looks past the barriers to see the potential, beyond the obstacles to see the opportunity.
She is full of faith and her goal is expansionexploring new territory, taking new ground. She compels the church to look beyond the circumstances of today to live in light of the opportunity of tomorrow.