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He Wants You to Know Your Ministry Shape

The Bible’s claim is that God has given every believer a unique shape to equip them to minister to others.  The SHAPE you have is based on your spiritual gifts, your passions, your talents, your personality, and your life experiences.  He wants to use all of these in a way that can be a blessing to someone else.

1.      What does God want you to become?  1 Thes. 5:23

2.      What does the word sanctify mean? 

3.      Are you willing to let God use every part of you in ministering to others?

4.      What is God’s promise to you?  1 Peter 4:10,11

5.      Are you assured of the promise that you have at least one special gift from God?  Romans 12:6

We will discover your SHAPE for ministry.

302a – Discover Your Spiritual gifts

302b – Discover Your Passion

302c – Tweak Your Talents

302d – Uncover Your Personality

302e – Share Your Life Stories

Complete each of the following worksheets – take your time, think, and pray about what God is revealing to you. 

——-Discover Purpose 302a——-

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Circle the number you find to be descriptive of your experience:  MUCH (3), SOME (2), LITTLE (1), or  NONE (0).

 

M

S

L

N

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3

2

1

0

(1)

I enjoy studying the bible and Sab. Sch. lesson and sharing the insights that God has given me with others.

3

2

1

0

(2)

When I know that someone is depressed or discouraged I make it a point to contact that person and to cheer him /her up.

3

2

1

0

(3)

When I speak about a church idea, people want to become involved with the idea that I present.

3

2

1

0

(4)

I have a deep desire to help, through some tangible means, those whom I see are battered by physical, mental, or spiritual suffering.

3

2

1

0

(5)

I am able to remain objective and, through the Holy Spirit, find creative solutions for problems that others usually are not even aware of.

3

2

1

0

(6)

I have faith, even in seemingly impossible situations, that everything is going to turn out just fine.

3

2

1

0

(7)

I would enjoy helping the Sab. Sch. teacher (who works with children)

3

2

1

0

(8)

I enjoy making plans and seeing them carried out.

3

2

1

0

(9)

God has used me to speak to groups of people and I have seen many  give their lives to Him.

3

2

1

0

(10)

I have a real burden to work with people-to take responsibility in the local church.

3

2

1

0

(11)

I have taught before, and I am effective.

3

2

1

0

(12)

When I see someone who looks discouraged, I give a word of cheer to him/her.

3

2

1

0

(13)

I have been told by others that I have the ability to rally support and action from others

3

2

1

0

(14)

I like bringing flowers or gifts to cheer up someone whom I see is suffering.

3

2

1

0

(15)

I have been told by others that God has given me the special ability to solve problems.

3

2

1

0

(16)

I talk faith, even with insurmountable odds facing me.

3

2

1

0

(17)

I have the desire to help Christian leaders in our church so they can really get to the essentials of their work.

3

2

1

0

(18)

I have been told by others that I have the ability to organize.

3

2

1

0

(19)

I have a compelling desire to stand up before people who don’t know Jesus and talk to them about Him.

3

2

1

0

(20)

I find personal enjoyment in working with people very closely and sharing the their joys and sorrows.

3

2

1

0

(21)

I find it enjoyable to teach people the Bible.

3

2

1

0

(22)

People frequently tell me that I have cheered them up.

3

2

1

0

(23)

I enjoy leading out.

3

2

1

0

(24)

I would give a book to some if I thought it would be helpful in relieving their suffering.

3

2

1

0

(25)

People frequently ask me for counsel.

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3

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

0

 

 

(26)

 

 

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I am not easily overcome by difficult situations.

 

3

2

1

0

(27)

I would enjoy making the church leaders’ work easier.

3

2

1

0

(28)

I enjoy outlining the necessary steps so that a program can be carried out.

3

2

1

0

(29)

I would like to speak to large groups of people in evangelism.

3

2

1

0

(30)

I would deeply enjoy working with all kinks of people as a pastor.

Instructions:  Simply total up your scores for each section below.  The questions that apply are listed in the parentheses.  The Bible texts provide scriptural reference points for each gift.

MUCH = 3     SOME=2     LITTLE=1      NONE=0

 

TOTAL

 

 

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A.

Teaching:   (Questions 1,11,21)   Eph. 4:11-14

 

_______

B.

Encouraging:  (Questions 2, 12, 22)   1 Tim. 4:13

 

_______

C.

Leadership:  (Questions 3, 13, 23)    1 Tim. 5:17

 

_______

D. 

Mercy:  (Questions 4, 14, 24)  Mark 9:41

 

_______

E.

Wisdom:  (Questions 5, 15, 25)  1 Cor. 2:1-13

 

_______

F.

Faith:  (Questions 6, 16, 26)  Romans 4:18-21

 

_______

G.

Helps:  (Questions 7, 17, 27)   1 Cor. 12:28

 

_______

H.

Administration:  (Questions 8, 18, 28)  Acts 6:1-7

 

_______

I.

Evangelist:  (Questions 9, 19, 29)  Eph. 4:11-14

 

_______

J.

Pastor:  (Questions 10, 20, 30)  Eph. 4:11-14

 

List your three highest scores:

1. __________________________________________________________________________

2.__________________________________________________________________________

3.___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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——-Discover Purpose 302a——-

Spiritual Gifts Summary

 

Discernment:

·         Able to assist others in determining spiritual problems but tend to render judgments rather than helping others change

·         Could effectively choose or nominate church members for positions where they would serve well

·         Can correctly distinguish a spirit of truth from a spirit of error before it is apparent to others

Encouragement:

·         Easy to genuinely comfort someone who is hurting and I’m quick to encourage others

·         Can make effective appeals by urging certain courses of action

·         Help to strengthen positive behavior rather than criticizing negative behavior

Evangelism:

·         At ease asking people to make a decision for Christ / has a burden for others.

·         People often ask me how to become a Christian & Can lead people to make a commitment to Jesus

·         More interested in the end results of soul winning rather than how people are led to decision

Faith:

·         Easy for me to rely upon God for all my needs

·         Am often impatient with methodical, cautious thinking

·         Convinced that seemingly impossible tasks can be accomplished & can see hope in apparently hopeless situations

Giving:

·         My gifts to others are often answers to specific prayers

·         Can make wise investments with the ultimate goal of sharing my gains

·         Am sensitive to the material needs of others and desire to meet those needs without publicity

Hospitality:

·         Natural for me to meet people’s immediate needs rather than their long term needs

·         Enjoy meeting strangers and having them in my home. People enjoy coming to large gatherings in my home

·         If someone were in need of lodging, I would offer my home to meet the need

Knowledge:

·         Mentally grasps how biblical information fits into the great themes of Scripture

·         Tends to measure spiritual maturity on the basis of biblical knowledge

·         Can probe to deep levels of Bible topics and enjoys answering & discussing Bible questions

Leadership:

·         People look to me when opinions are being sought

·         I tend to assume responsibility if no structured leadership exists & fosters a spirit of unity and enthusiasm

·         Can lead out in discussions, harmonize points of view, draw conclusions, delegate authority

 

Mercy:

·         Am sympathetic and Understanding – People share their struggles with me because of this

·         Often lack firmness and decisiveness because I am sensitive about offending others

·         Am moved with compassion toward society’s outcasts (drunkards, homeless etc.)

Missionary:

·         Happy living in primitive conditions if able to share the gospel with others

·         Feel comfortable with people who are racially and culturally different from me

·         Able to communicate well with people from all walks of life

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Organization:

·         Very conscious of efficiency and order (or lack there of) within the church

·         Am well organized in my personal life & can delegate responsibility

·         Can see how elements fit into the overall picture and work logically toward long-range goals

Prayer:

·         My prayers are personal and to the point rather than vague and impersonal

·         Much of my prayer time is spent in praying for the needs of others

·         Can recognize when my prayers have been specifically answered

Preaching:

·         People are motivated when I speak

·         Can apply Scripture to life in a clear, logical, powerful way

·         Ability to exhort, teach, and console in my speaking

Service:

·         Will endure personal inconvenience to help meet a need

·         Would rather help out somewhere, rather than be a leader

·         Am willing to use my talents any way I can, and tend to become over involved because of this tendency

Shepherding:

·         Would rather nurture members rather than reach out to non-members

·         Very concerned about promoting unity within the church

·         Provides a calming, soothing effect on those around them

Teaching:

·          Cares a great deal about the accuracy of information

·          Can communicate well on the level of my listeners

·          Can foster participation and interest in presenting a spiritual subject

Wisdom:

·          Know when to take an uncompromising stand and when to change a position

·          Can apply what I learn to practical life situations

·          Can predict with excellent accuracy the long-term results of decisions

Craftmanship:

·          Enablement by God creatively design and/or construct items to be used for ministry

Music

·          Ability to glorify God and make Him known through the use of vocal or instrumental music

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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——-Discover Purpose 302b——-

Discover Your Passion

Heart – A God-given desire of the heart to make a difference somewhere.

 

1.  What area of ministry involvement energizes you the most?

2.  What do you find yourself doing repeatedly in different situations?

3.  In what areas has your ministry been most fruitful?

4.      What really burdens your heart (you lay in bed at night and think how to improve it, etc.)?

5.  If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do for God?

6.      What seems to be your soap box topic?

7.      What seems to be the area/areas that are your passion or heart for ministry?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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——-Discover Purpose 302c——

 

Abilities Review

Name ___________________________________ Date __________________-

 

1.      Talents / Hobbies:  We are eager to know what abilities you bring to the team.  Check all of the following that fit you.  Please add any of your talents / hobbies that are not listed.  Circle the ones you like best.

 

___ Administration                             ___ Information systems

___ Advertising                                   ___ Janitorial

___ Artistic painting                           ___ Landscaping

___ Audio/visual                                 ___ Leadership

___ Auto repair                                    ___ Legal

___ Bookkeeping                                 ___ Library skills

___ Camping                                        ___ Lighting/electrical

___ Carpentry                                      ___ Marketing

___ Coaching                                       ___ Musical instrument

___ Collecting                                      ___ Planning / Problem Solving

___ Cooking                                         ___ Playing athletics

___ Computers                                     ___ Plumbing / Heating

___ Communications                          ___ Printing/Layout

___ Counseling                                    ___ Sewing

___ Arts/Crafts                                    ___ Singing

___ Drama                                             ___ Teaching

___ Floral Arrangement                      ___ Typing/Secretarial

___ Gardening                                      ___ Water activities

___ Giving Speeches                          ___ Woodworking

___ Office Skills                                   ___ Working with handicapped

___ Health/Medical                             ___ Writing

___ Hiking                                            ___ Other __________________

___ Hospitality                                    ___ Other __________________

___ Interior decorating                       ___ Other__________________

 

 

2.      Traits:  Please list two of your strongest traits or characteristics.

  1. ______________________________

  2. ______________________________

 

 

3.      How could you use these talents to help others learn about God.  Brainstorm

——-Discover Purpose 302d——

Uncover Your Personality

Enjoys Instructions

Accurate

Consistent

Controlled

Reserved

Predictable

Practical

Orderly

Factual

Conscientious

Perfectionistic

Discerning

Detailed

Analytical

Inquisitive

Precise

Persistent

Schedules

Sensitive

How Was It done In the Past

 

Choleric                      Sanguine                    Phlegmatic                 Melancholy

Like authority

Takes Charge

Determined

Confident

Firm

Competitive

Enjoys Challenges

Problem Solver

Bold

Goal Driven

Decision Maker

Adventurous

Strong Willed

Independent

Controlling

Persistent

Action Oriented

Let’s Do It Now

 

Sensitive Feelings

Loyal

Calm, Even keel

Non-demanding

Avoids Confrontations

Enjoys routine

Dislikes Change

Warm & relational

Gives In

Indecisive

Dry Humor

Adaptable

Sympathetic

Thoughtful

Nurturing

patient

Tolerant

Good Listener

Peace Maker

Let’s Keep Things

  the way they are

 

Enthusiastic

Takes Risks

Visionary

Motivator

Energetic

Very Verbal

Promoter

Friendly, Mixes Easily

Enjoys popularity

Fun loving

Likes Variety

Spontaneous

Enjoys Change

Creative- New Ideas

Group Oriented

Optimistic

Initiator

Infectious laughter

Inspirational

Trust Me! It will work out

 

(Lion)                            (Otter)                           (Beaver)                        (Golden Retriever)                                                         

1.  What is your most probable personality type?

2.  How can you use your personality to enhance your ministry?

3.      What might be some of the areas of difficulty with your personality type?

4.      What personality type might be a challenge for you to work with in bringing them to the Lord?

 

 

 

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——-Discover Purpose 302e——

Share Your Life Stories – God has allowed certain experiences in your life to mold you and shape you for ministry.  These circumstances help equip us to help others. 

What are your experiences in the following areas and what have they taught you about life, God, yourself?

1.       Family experiences

2.       Educational experiences

3.      Vocational experiences

4.      Spiritual experiences

5.      Ministry experiences

6.      Painful experiences

 

7.      How could God use these experiences of yours to help others?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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