SHAPE of Ministry
As part of the church, you are responsible for your own growth. If you grow the church will grow. Your church will only be as strong as you are. There are five areas in which you need to evaluate yourself and be intentional about using whatever you are for God’s glory.
S – Spiritual Gifts
H – Heart
A – Abilities
P – Personality
E – Experiences
· Spiritual Gifts –
You should have completed your spiritual gifts inventory by now. These are just indicators of your current spiritual gifts. Gifts multiply with use so don’t lock yourself into just these three. Problems with spiritual gifts: Gift-envy and Gift-projection
List and discuss your three highest scores –
How do others see those gifts in you?
In what areas do you see those strengths in yourself?
How will you each use your gifts in accomplishing your churches goals?
Based on your gifts, who might be best at which jobs?
· Heart – A God-given desire of the heart to make a difference somewhere.
What area of ministry involvement energizes you the most?
What do you find yourself doing repeatedly in different situations?
In what areas has your ministry been most fruitful?
What really burdens your heart (you lay in bed at night and think how to improve it, etc.)?
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
What seems to be your soap box topic?
· Abilities –God wants to use all of your abilities and talents in His cause.
Do the Abilities Worksheet?
How can your abilities be used in your church?
How could your abilities be used to enhance your outreach to the community?
Choleric Sanguine Phlegmatic Melancholy
(Lion) (Otter) (Golden Retreiver) (Beaver)
Purposeful, Goal Driven
Let’s Do It Now
Calm, Even keel
Warm & relational
Let’s Keep Things
the way they are
How Was It done In the Past
Friendly, Mixes Easily
Creative- New Ideas
Trust Me! It will work out
What is your most probable personality type?
How can you use your personality to enhance your church?
What might be some of the areas of difficulty with your personality type?
· Experiences – 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?
– Family experiences
– Educational experiences
– Vocational experiences
– Spiritual experiences
– Ministry experiences
– Painful experiences