Each of us is a unique person, created by God with particular personalities, physical attributes, and talents. We have likes and dislikes. Why do some people love spicy food and others hate it? Because each person’s taste buds react to different kinds of food. A food choice doesn’t make someone better or worse than another; it’s just part of who that individual is.
Spiritual gifts are another aspect that makes us distinct. They enable followers of Jesus Christ to play important roles in the life of their church through the use of their particular mix of spiritual gifts. Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” We are given these gifts for the benefit of others: our families, our friends, our work, and our church. As a result, it’s important to discover your spiritual gifts and the spiritual gifts of others.
The Spiritual Gift Assessment Tool is designed to help you and people in your ministry discover spiritual gifts. Here are three ways spiritual gifts affect the whole community of faith:
1. The use of spiritual gifts provides life and vitality to individuals and to the congregation. By using your spiritual gifts, you are contributing to the spiritual health of the church.
2. When an individual neglects to use his or her spiritual gifts, the whole community suffers.
3. When an individual is doing ministry in an area he or she is not gifted for, this leads to dissatisfaction and hurts the whole community of faith.
You can find a downloadable Spiritual Gift Inventory below.