Triperspectivalism, Leadership, and Church Planting

For the record, dispensationalists do not have claim to all the big theological words. Try triperspectivalism (also known as multi-perspectivalism).  Over the past three years, I’ve been following David Fairchild and Drew Goodmanson’s writings from a distance but have never really been in a situation where I thought triperspectivalism would come to play in my world – until now.

If you have never studied this paradigm and philosophy of ministry based on the three offices of Christ (prophet, priest, and king), you should really check it out.  The writing theologians who have articulated this theory are primarily John Frame and Vern Poythress, and Fairchild and Goodmanson are the leading practitioners out there today doing it.  Many of their articles, charts/diagrams, and messages are provided below.  I will be processing this paradigm more in the weeks and months ahead, so you will likely be reading more of my interaction with this increasingly attractive model for ministry.


The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame
Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology by Vern Poythress
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch


Triperspectival Leadership” by David Fairchild and Drew Goodmanson (A29 ’08 Raleigh Bootcamp)
Prophet, Priest, and King” by David Fairchild (A29 ’08 Raleigh Bootcamp)
Prophet, Priest, and King” by Jamie Munson (2010 Sticky Church Conference) NEW
Q&A with Jamie Munson on Prophet, Priest, and King” (2010 Sticky Church Conference) NEW

Drew Goodmanson

* Triperspectival Leadership Diagram
* The Church as Movement – Organizing Decentralization
* Multiplying Missional Communities
* Organic Movement – Reverse Church Planting
* How Multiperspectivalism Shapes Church Leadership and How You Staff a Church
* Missional Eldership – Leading a Transformational Community
* Developing Leaders to Lead
* Triperspectival Ministry Assessment
* Leadership Development in Community – Prophets
* Leadership Development in Community – Priests
* Leadership Development in Community – Kings
* Leadership Conflict Resolution: Prophet | Priest | King
* Triperspectivalism, Multiperspectivalism, and Large Big Words
* How Multi-Perspectivalism and Triperspectivalism Should Shape Your Worldview
* Triperspectival Ecclesiology – Being the Church as Corporate, Intimate, & Group
* What Type of Churches NOT to Plant
* Creating a Church to Change Culture
* The Dangers of Triperspectivalism

David Fairchild

* Triperspectivalism: Drilling Down NEW
* Ministry Through the Lens of Multiperspectival Epistemology
* Triperspectival Leadership Essentials
* The Errors of a Uniperspectival Church
* Triperspectival Hermeneutics


* Multiperspectivalism on Wikipedia
* A Primer on Perspectivalism by John Frame (PDF)

>> Structures

* Triperspectivalism and Developing Leaders (PDF)
* Triperspectival Ecclesiology Groups (GIF)
* Triperspectival Ecclesiology (GIF)
* Traditional Church Leadership (GIF)
* Missional Church Leadership (GIF)
* Triperspectival Leadership Diagram (PDF)

>> Systems

* The Church as Movement (GIF)
* Equipping for Movement (GIF)
* Missional Community Leadership Development (PDF)
* Gospel Counselor Development (PDF)
* Deacon Development (PDF)
* Multiplying Missional Communities (PDF)
* Planting New Gatherings in the City (PDF)

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25 Comments on “Triperspectivalism, Leadership, and Church Planting”

  1. Matt Says:

    Have you looked at John Frame’s Doctrine of the Christian Life? It looks at Christian Ethics from a triperspectival viewpoint, and is in my opinion one of the best philosophical and theological explanations of ethics written in recent years.

    Matt Emerson

    • I’ve got the book but have not read it. I’ve worked through the first two in the series, the doctrine of the knowledge of God being most formative, in my mind. I will see about following through on the ethical and philosophical writings.

  2. Matthew Svoboda Says:

    Neil Cole nails this down much more simply. He calls it the churches ‘DNA.’

    • Which book are you talking about? Organic Church? Organic Leadership? I have browsed through Cole’s stuff but I suppose I need to dig a little deeper into his stuff. Let me know where you think I should begin and which of his books you recommend the most.

  3. Matthew Svoboda Says:

    “divine truth, nurturing relationship and apostolic mission”

  4. Matthew Svoboda Says:


    I have only read Organic Church and I just ordered Organic Leadership…

    He is not the most doctrinal of people, but I think he nails this topic very well. I think it is important to keep it simple so that not only the leaders understand, but even the followers. I have a friend, Josh Howerton, who has been successfully implementing Cole’s DNA at his church plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

    I want to admit that Cole says some weird stuff in his book, but if you look past a few silly things I think we can all learn from him.

  5. […] Timmy Brister is taking a look at multi-perspectivalism (also called triperspectivalism since it tends to come in threes) as it related to leadership and church planting. He has a post with some helpful links here. […]

  6. […] I don’t like these broad categories, but it is a launching point for good discussion.  A link for those serisouly interested in persuing […]

  7. […] yet we can follow His example and share leadership on those trajectories. There is a wealth of good resources on the topic here . Especially helpful as a primer is this diagram . I have more a doctrinal and administrative […]

  8. […] Timmy Brister’s Summary of Triperspectivalism In church life, ecclesiology, triperspectivalism on October 1, 2009 at 10:12 am Here. […]

  9. Dennis Griffith Says:

    I just posted some thoughts about Tri-Perspectivalism and introduced the concept to some of our church leaders and some other area pastors. I’d like to invite you to the discussion, since I suspect you are several steps ahead of me in your understanding. You should be able to offer some light on the subject to both the intereted and the skeptical.

    Check out:

  10. […] Timmy Brister has pulled together a nice list of resources related to Triperspectival Leadership and Church Planting. […]

  11. Great post Tim, thanks for all the work you have put into bringing these into one area!

  12. Jeff Says:

    Wow. Wow. And…wow.

    Thanks Brister.

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  14. […] is a great collection of resources that Timmy Brister put together looking into Triperspectivalism. There are vides, .pdf,  blog posts etc… No Comments Read […]

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  17. […] that some of you may not be familiar with triperspectivalism, and if you are in that category, here’s a good list of resources to check out.  The purpose of this blogpost is to show how I am learning to practically apply […]

  18. If multiperspectivalism as represented by the need for a prophet, priest and king is so necessary in church leadership why do you think it is that we see nothing of it in the New Covenant writings? Given it’s alleged importance I would think you would at least expect to see it represented in Titus and Timothy were subject of the qualifications of elders is given the most through treatment. However, not only do we see nothing of the sort mentioned there we see nothing of this alleged leadership structure in any of the narrative or teaching writings of the New Covenant. Or, perhaps I’m missing something or misstating the record. What say you?

  19. […] has much more to say on the topic, and a good roundup of various other posts can be found here. What I’d like to explore in this series though is the other applications of […]

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