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Spiritual Gifts Summary and Further Discovery


Here is a summary of the spiritual gifts identified in the discovery tool.

  1. Administration: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to organize, delegate, and motivate people in such a way that what needs to be done gets done.
  2. Serving (Arts/Crafts): The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ who possess the artistic ability and creativity to enhance and build up the kingdom within the church in this supportive role.
  3. Evangelism: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to present the gospel especially to those who are not a part of the body of Christ.
  4. Exhortation: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to bring words of comfort and consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the body of Christ in such a way that they are helped and healed.
  5. Faith: The Spirit’s gift of vision given to certain members of the body of Christ; the ability to see something that needs to be done and believe that God will do it even if it looks impossible.
  6. Giving: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to contribute with extraordinary generosity of their material resources to the work of the Lord.
  7. Serving (General): The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to work within the church in any supportive role and to make it possible for others to carry out the ministry of the Word.
  8. Serving (Manual Arts): The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to use their hands in practical ways to make it possible for others to carry out the ministry of the Word.
  9. Hospitality: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to open their homes willingly to others and cheerfully offer lodging, food, and fellowship.
  10. Intercession: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to pray earnestly and with persistence, knowing that there will be positive effects in building the kingdom as a result.
  11. Knowledge: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to understand correctly and to communicate clearly the great truths God has hidden in his Word.
  12. Leadership: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to oversee various aspects of the work of the church in such a way that their vision and example serve as inspiration for others to follow.
  13. Showing Mercy: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to feel genuine compassion for suffering individuals and to translate that compassion into Christ-like deeds that are cheerfully done to help alleviate the suffering.
  14. Music (Vocal): The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to use skillfully their voices in raising praises to God, especially in the corporate worship service.
  15. Shepherding: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ that enables them to assume an ongoing personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of another Christian or group of Christians.
  16. Writing: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to inform, encourage, instruct, or entertain readers clearly, effectively, and concisely with the written word.
  17. Wisdom: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to relate and apply the truths of the Word to specific needs and problems of life.
  18. Music (Instrumental): The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to play skillfully a musical instrument in praise of God, especially in the corporate worship service.
  19. Teaching: The Spirit’s gift given to certain members of the body of Christ to explain clearly and apply effectively the truth of the Word of God so that others may learn and profit.

As you reflect on the spiritual gifts you have tentatively discovered through the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Tool, you will now want to find which ones truly are and which ones are not your gifts. To do this you might want to follow what has been called the “Five Es” of gift discovery . . .

  1. Explore the possibilities. This you can do by studying again for yourself the three key spiritual gift chapters in Scripture—1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:1-8, and Ephesians 4:1-16.
  2. Experiment with as many as possible. If you do not try a particular gift you have tentatively discovered through the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Tool, you will have a hard time knowing whether you have it or not. Volunteer to serve in an area of congregational work that can put your tentative gift into practice. The key is to get involved, if possible, with each tentative gift area.
  3. Examine your feelings. When you experiment with a gift and enjoy using it, that is a good sign. You should find a measure of fulfillment in your service. It is a joyous thing to serve the Lord with one’s gifts.
  4. Evaluate your effectiveness. Spiritual gifts are meant to be used for the benefit of others. As you use your gift(s), you should see positive, though not necessarily fabulous, results taking place. If you are not seeing any results, it may be a sign that you do not have that particular gift.
  5. Expect confirmation from others. Fellow believers can be very helpful in the discovery and implementation of your spiritual gifts. They may perceive gifts in you that you don’t know you have and may then encourage you to put these gifts to use. They may also help you on occasion to see that you don’t have a particular gift you think you have and then help to steer you into a different avenue of service.

From Training Christians for Ministry Course 5, Gifted to Serve by David Valleskey © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House. Used with permission.