The Spiritual Gifts Inventory is best used printed off on paper, about 18 pages.

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A Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process

With a Spiritual Gifts Inventory developed by Michael Anne Haywood, with much help from Genie Carr, Steve Gambino, The Reverend Virginia Herring, Margaret Moore, Marjorie Northup, Mary at Stillpoint and Jean Woods, (c)June 1998.

 

About the Spiritual Gifts Inventory

The Spiritual Gifts Inventory is only one step in the process of the discernment of gifts. The first steps toward the discernment of spiritual gifts are a basic underlying faith and membership in the Body of Christ. The Spiritual Gifts Inventory is designed to be used by church members. It has a definite bent toward service in and through the church. The discernment of spiritual gifts is a helpful process for those who would like to be involved in the church but who may not know what they have to offer.

 

Paul writes in First Corinthians:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ..... And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.

 

We begin from the premise that everyone has gifts, useful, even necessary to the work of God in and through the church. The second premise is that the gifts we have are not the same gifts, that each of us has something different that we can offer. In no way can it be construed that any one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious. All gifts are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

 

We must learn always to find and procure the advantage of God. For God does not give gifts, nor did he ever give one, so that we might keep it and take satisfaction in it; but all were given - all he ever gave on earth or in heaven - that he might give this one more: himself. Therefore I say that we must learn to look through every gift and every event to God and never be content with the thing itself. There is no stopping place in this life - no, nor was there ever one, no matter how far away a person had gone. This above all, then, be ready at all times for the gifts of God and always for new ones.
-- Johannes Eckhart

 

One means of testing one's ministry is to match it against the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians:

"By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

Ministry should yield fruit. For instance, if one has the gift of hospitality then having people in one's home should bring forth feelings of love, joy, peace, etc., rather than making one feel anxious, impatient or imposed on.

To take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, answer each question on its own merits. Use the numbers indicated for the answers, marking them on the Spiritual Gifts Profile sheet (p.10). Then list your gifts in descending order, noting the score (p. 11), and interpret the results (List of Spiritual Gifts, p. 12-17). You may want to ask yourself:

Do I agree with the results? Why or why not?

Am I using my strongest gifts? How, or what do I need to do differently?

Are there gifts which I'd like to make stronger? How would I do that?

How does what I have learned from the inventory fit into my ministries?

What does this exercise lead me to do now?

 

The discernment of gifts is not a solo practice. One's gifts should be affirmed by the community. Discuss your gifts openly with your group. If you encountered surprises, share them. If you have some doubts, discuss them humbly. Ask for feedback, support, or clarification. Contribute to the affirmation process for the others in your group.

 

After one has identified one's spiritual gifts, the process of discernment turns to the discernment of one's ministry, the use of one's gifts -- living out one's baptismal vows -- in the church and community. A helpful tool in this process is the Discernment Wheel, developed by EFM mentors at the Fall 1997 Diocese of North Carolina Mentor Training. The Discernment Wheel is online at <http://members.ols.net/~michael/Discernment%20Wheel.html>

 

 

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

 

Instructions For Use (Time: 15 - 20 minutes to take the inventory, a lifetime to use the spiritual gifts.)

1. There are a total of 115 statements below. On the Profile Sheet, Part 1 (p. 10) indicate whether you Strongly Agree, Agree Somewhat, are Undecided, Disagree Somewhat or Strongly Disagree with each question. Don't be modest; answer spontaneously and honestly.

2. Total your scores for each of the gifts. Each gift will have a score between zero and twenty.

3. Order the gifts in descending order of score, one on each line (p. 11). Higher scores indicate your more dominant gifts.

4. Use the List of Gifts for further study (pp. 12-17) and consider the questions above on this page.


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1) I find great joy in leading people to accomplish group goals.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

2) I feel called to be a leader in the church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

3) I look for opportunities to assist people who have trouble doing for themselves.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

4) I find that the repair and maintenance of things in my environment come easily to me.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

5) It seems easy to perceive whether what a person is doing is honest or dishonest.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

6) I enjoy sharing about God with people who are not church-goers.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

7) I enjoy motivating people to a higher spiritual commitment.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

8) I try to do God's will, even when it's not the popular thing to do.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

9) It is very satisfying to me to give generously of my money for God's work.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

10) I enjoy the opportunity to pray with and for a person who is physically ill.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

11) I like having people in my home.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

12) I seem to recognize prayer needs instinctively.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

13) I enjoy learning new things of all kinds.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

14) I feel great compassion for the problems of others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

15) I adapt easily in a culture different from mine.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

16) I like to sing hymns and songs either alone or with other people.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

17) I enjoy having the responsibility of leading other people in their spiritual life.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

18) I am ready to try the impossible, because I have great trust in God.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

19) I like to talk about spirituality with other Christians.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

20) I enjoy doing "chores" around the church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

21) I'm excited in helping people to discover important insights in the scriptures.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

22) I am communicate easily with people of a different culture or language background.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

23) People with spiritual problems have come to me for advice and counsel.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

24) People seem to enjoy following my leadership in undertaking an important task.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

25) I feel that God gives me wisdom in leading people in spiritual matters.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

26) I enjoy helping with the emergency tasks around the Church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

27) I have enjoyed creating various kinds of arts and/or crafts.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

28) I seem to have a sense of the direction in which God is leading.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

29) I seem able to sense when the Spirit is leading a person to realize the Holy

in their lives.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

30) I have a knack for bringing out the best in others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

31) I'm willing to keep trying, even when a task is tedious and seems unending.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

32) I share my possessions with others willingly.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

33) I have prayed with a person who was in distress, and the person was comforted.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

34) I do not feel uncomfortable when people drop in unexpectedly.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

35) I pray for others often and for significant periods of time.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

36) Through study I have learned many helpful insights.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

37) Visiting people in retirement homes or the hospital gives me a great satisfaction.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

38) It is easy for me to move into a new community and make friends.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

39) God has given me the ability to play a musical instrument and I enjoy it.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

40) It is exciting to provide spiritual leadership for a congregation.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

41) I am often ready to believe God will lead us through a situation which others feel is impossible.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

42) I like to share Scripture to comfort or to encourage others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

43) I enjoy doing routine tasks for the glory of God.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

44) I have enjoyed teaching individuals and/or classes.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

45) I derive spiritual meaning from music, art or nature.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

46) I enjoy helping another to find solutions to difficult problems in life.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

47) I like to organize people for more effective ministry.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

48) I have little fear in leading people in spiritual matters.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

49) I don't mind helping people who are sick or disabled.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

50) I like to create things with my hands.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

51) I seem to have a knack for sensing the difference between truth and error.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

52) I am drawn to share my faith in God with others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

53) I like to encourage inactive church members to become involved again.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

54) I am sure of God's loving presence, even when things go wrong.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

55) I appreciate the opportunity to give of my skills and energy in a critical situation.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

56) I feel called to be a part of the healing ministry of the church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

57) People seem to feel very comfortable in my home.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

58) God consistently answers my prayers in tangible ways.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

59) I have learned much about God from Scripture, books and observing life.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

60) I sense joy in comforting people in difficult situations.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

61) I am able to relate to and communicate with people of different locations or cultures.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

62) I have enjoyed being involved with Church, school and/or local musical productions.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

63) I like to assist people with their spiritual problems.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

64) I believe that when I am doing God's will, God can and does work through me.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

65) I enjoy relating God's Word to the issues of the day and sharing this with others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

66) When there is something to be done for the church, I'm glad to help, but I don't want to be in charge.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

67) It seems that people learn readily when I teach them.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

68) I can communicate well with people who are limited by a physical or mental handicap.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

69) I seem to be able to help people find the truths they seek.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

70) I like the challenge of making important decisions.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

71) I appreciate the opportunity to share God's word with others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

72) One of my ministries is helping other people to bear their burdens.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

73) I like to spend time and money improving and beautifying things in God's creation.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

74) I have helped people to discover God's will in their lives.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

75) I have sometimes shared spiritual experiences with a neighbor who doesn't attend church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

76) People who are feeling perplexed often come to me for encouragement and comfort.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

77) When everyone is discouraged -- even me -- I still trust God.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

78) If I cannot give much money to support God's work, I give generously of my time.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

79) 79) I feel peace when I am with a person who is sick or injured.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

80) When missionaries or church leaders come to our church I like (or would like) to have them come to my home.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

81) I faithfully pray for others recognizing that their effectiveness and total well-being depends on God.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

82) Knowledge of the Bible and of church teachings helps me to solve problems in daily life and in the life of the church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

83) People seem to think I am a kind, compassionate person.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

84) The thought of beginning a new church in a new community is exciting to me.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

85) I feel secure that my musical ability will be of benefit to other people with whom I come in contact.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

86) People like to bring their troubles & concerns to me because they feel I care.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

87) People seem to think of me as one who believes that with God everything is possible.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

88) It is important for me to speak out against wrong when I see it in the world.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

89) I find more satisfaction in doing a job myself than in finding someone else to do it.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

90) One of the joys of my ministry is training people to be more effective in living out their faith.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

91) I can make sense of specialized information (like computers, blueprints, accounting, or others).

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

92) I feel that I have insight in selecting workable alternatives in difficult situations.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

93) When I am in a disorganized group, I tend to be the first one to step forward to get us organized.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

94) I enjoy training workers in the congregation.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

95) If a family is facing a serious crisis, I enjoy the opportunity to help them.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

96) I find pleasure in designing, creating or decorating things.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

97) I often look beneath the surface and discover richer meanings.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

98) I feel a deep concern for the people in my community who have not been attracted by the church.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

99) I am sort of like a cheerleader, cheering others on when they are doing something well.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

100) Even when it seems that my prayer isn't answered, I keep praying.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

101) I give sacrificially of my time, talents and resources because I know that God will meet my needs.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

102) I feel strongly that my prayers for a sick person are important.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

103) I have opened my home to someone in need.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

104) I find myself praying even while I am doing other things.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

105) I find it an enjoyable challenge to read and study a difficult book of the Bible.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

106) I find great satisfaction in visiting people who are confined to their homes.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

107) I have a strong desire to meet people of other communities and countries and to talk about our respective understandings of God.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

108) I have a knack for selecting appropriate and inspiring music for worship services or for parish events.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

109) I enjoy a close relationship with people in a one to one situation.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

110) I will take on a difficult task for the church, because God will give me the ability to see it through.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

111) I feel called to stand up for what is right even if it irritates others.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

112) I like to do things without attracting much attention.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

113) It is easy to organize materials for teaching a Bible class.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

114) I have a knack for foreign languages -- or ASL or Braille.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree

 

115) I have confidence in dealing with problems.

4 - Strongly Agree 3 - Agree Somewhat 2 - Undecided 1 - Disagree Somewhat 0 - Strongly Disagree


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Spiritual Gifts Profile Sheet, Part 1

Name___________________________ Date _____________

 

Put your scores for each question into the following table, then compute

the sum of each row. This provides your score for each spiritual gift.

 

1____ 24____ 47____ 70____ 93____ = ____ Administration

 

2____ 25____ 48____ 71____ 94____ = ____ Apostle

 

3____ 26____ 49____ 72____ 95____ = ____ Caregiver

 

4____ 27____ 50____ 73____ 96____ = ____ Craftsmanship

 

5____ 28____ 51____ 74____ 97____ = ____ Discernment

 

6____ 29____ 52____ 75____ 98____ = ____ Evangelist

 

7____ 30____ 53____ 76____ 99____ = ____ Exhortation

 

8____ 31____ 54____ 77____ 100____ = ____ Faith

 

9____ 32____ 55____ 78____ 101____ = ____ Giving

 

10____ 33____ 56____ 79____ 102____ = ____ Healing

 

11____ 34____ 57____ 80____ 103____ = ____ Hospitality

 

12____ 35____ 58____ 81____ 104____ = ____ Intercession

 

13____ 36____ 59____ 82____ 105____ = ____ Knowledge

 

14____ 37____ 60____ 83____ 106____ = ____ Mercy

 

15____ 38____ 61____ 84____ 107____ = ____ Missionary

 

16____ 39____ 62____ 85____ 108____ = ____ Musician

 

17____ 40____ 63____ 86____ 109____ = ____ Pastor

 

18____ 41____ 64____ 87____ 110____ = ____ (Deeds of) Power

 

19____ 42____ 65____ 88____ 111____ = ____ Prophet

 

20____ 43____ 66____ 89____ 112____ = ____ Serving

 

21____ 44____ 67____ 90____ 113____ = ____ Teacher

 

22____ 45____ 68____ 91____ 114____ = ____ Tongues

 

23____ 46____ 69____ 92____ 115____ = ____ Wisdom


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Spiritual Gifts Profile Sheet, Part 2

 

In the spaces below, list your gifts in descending order of score. Use the List of Gifts for further study.

  Interpreting the Numbers

20-16 You are either doing this or you should be.

15-11 You could easily do this if you want to.

10-6 You would have to work hard to do this gracefully.

5-0 You probably would not enjoy doing this.

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List of Spiritual Gifts

 

The Spiritual Gifts Inventory can help you determine which spiritual gifts you have. The questions assess your gifts in twenty-three areas. Each description below includes scripture references and has a listing of roles in church work, ending with a comma. (This is to invite you to add more roles that you think fit the gifts.) Look over the material for your top three scores. If you have time, look at the information for any scores that you have doubts about. Consider the questions on page 2 and join in the discussion.

 

 

*Administration -The Holy Spirit enables some of us to motivate, direct and inspire God's people in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to do the Church's work effectively. To exercise the gift of administration is to assume oversight for the proper execution of an organization or program (being in charge of people or things). This gift involves being able to put things together, tie up all the "loose ends" and get things done, setting a pattern for others to follow -- by direction, instruction, guidance, encouragement of example. Adeptness at financing, planning, organizing, delegating responsibilities and problem-solving can be indications of the gift of administration.

read: Hebrews 13:7, Judges 3:10, Exodus 18:13-16

Ministries using the gift of administration: Committee chairperson, Sunday School Superintendent, Vestry member, Senior/Junior Warden, Building Committee member or chairperson, Treasurer, Sunday money counter, conduct annual audit, head up the stewardship campaign, Youth Leader, organizing parish outreach efforts, attend meetings & conferences, Convention delegate or alternate, Diocesan involvement (committee/task force work), Agapé coordinator, Organize receptions, Yard Sale organizer, Family Fun Night organizer, Coordinate Scheduling of Sunday Service Participants,

 

 

 

 

*Apostle - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to lead, inspire and develop the church of God by proclamation and the teaching of truth. To exercise the gift of apostleship is to perceive and accept God's call to lead others in their spirituality, to be instrumental in acknowledging God's grace and authority in the life of the church. This gift involves being able to lead others wisely and compassionately, and training others in spiritual matters. Apostleship includes a combination of wisdom, discernment, leadership and teaching.

read: Matthew 4:18-22. Acts 14:21-23

Ministries using the gift of apostleship: Vestry member, Senior/Junior Warden, Sunday School teacher, neighborhood canvasser, participant in justice causes,

 

 

 

 

 

*Caregiver - The Holy Spirit empowers some of us to willingly bear the burdens of others and help them in such a way that they can do their tasks more effectively. To exercise the gift of caregiving or helping is to give assistance or relief from distress where it is needed. This gift involves a willingness to help others even when the jobs may be messy or involve getting into close proximity with people who are sick or distressed.

read: Matthew 25:34-40, Acts 6:2-4

Ministries using the gift of caregiving: Greeter, Usher, Youth Leader, Writing legislators, Concerns of the elderly, Concerns of the handicapped, Casserole Brigade, volunteer work, assisting in church programs, assisting in outreach programs, working in the church kitchen or the office, fund-raising, helping others to carry out their ministries,

 

 

 

 

*Craftsmanship - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to use our hands and minds to build up the Kingdom of God through artistic, creative means. To exercise the gift of craftsmanship one must have or develop a skill, be it a hobby or a vocation, and must be willing to share this ability with others either in finished products or in teaching others to do the skill. This gift involves any art or craft or skill, from painting to pottery, to woodwork or weaving, computer skills or photography -- any art or craft that can be used to the glory of God.

read: Exodus 28:3-4, Jeremiah 18:1-6, Exodus 35:35

Ministries using the gift of craftsmanship: Craft workshop leader or participant, Care for or make altar linens, vestment, banners, Make articles for the church, Sunday School & clergy, Interior decoration of church, Photographs for parish history, Pictorial Directory committee, design t-shirts/sweatshirts for parish, Flower arranging, parish newsletter,

 

 

 

 

*Discernment - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to discover the will of God. To exercise the gift of discernment is to distinguish between truth and error, to identify whether something is of God. This gift involves wisdom and prayerfulness.

read: Proverbs 17:24, Hosea 14:8-9, Acts 5:3-6

Ministries using the gift of discernment: Counselor, Pastoral Caregiver, Hospice volunteer, Contact volunteer, Spiritual Director, Vestry member, participation on aspirant's discernment committee, serving on a committee to employ and deal with church workers,

 

 

 

 

*Evangelist - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to share the Gospel with others in such a way that they come to know God. To exercise the gift of evangelism is to share one's faith within and beyond the parish. This gift involves an unabashed willingness to "be religious."

read: Acts 8:26-40 , II Timothy 4:5

Ministries using the gift of evangelism: Evangelism Committee, Membership/ Newcomers committee, Inquirers' Class teacher, greeter, usher, prison ministry, campus ministry, participation in renewal events,

 

 

 

 

*Exhortation - The Holy Spirit empowers some of us to stand beside other people who are in need and bring comfort, counsel and encouragement so they feel helped. To exercise the gift of exhortation is to call forth the best from others. This gift involves helping others to be more dedicated in living out their faith, bolstering them up when they are discouraged or downhearted, challenging them to see the goals to which God calls them.

read: Acts 11:23-24, Acts 14:21-22

Ministries using the gift of exhortation or encouragement: Committee chairperson, Pastoral Caregiver, Justice projects, EFM Mentor, working with young people, ministering to clergy, preaching, lay reading, work with older people or the handicapped, writing letters to those who need encouragement, prison ministry,

 

 

 

 

*Faith - The Holy Spirit provides some of us with extraordinary confidence in God's promises, power, and presence so that they can take heroic stands for the future of God's work in the church. This gift involves a healthy prayer life, sensitivity to the will of God, and a firm trust that God will come through, even when there is no concrete evidence.

read: Hebrews 11

Ministries using the gift of faith: Tithing, Stewardship Committee, Project supporter, Vestry member, Senior/Junior Warden, Social Ministries committee, Prayer chain, Bible Study participant, Building Committee member,

 

 

 

 

*Giving - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to offer their energies, abilities and material resources for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness and generosity. To exercise the gift of giving one operates out of a spirit of selflessness, requiring no recognition or reward for their giving. This gift involves offering one's time, energy, talent, skills, material possessions and money.

read: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Matthew 6:1-4

Ministries using the gift of giving: Tithing, Stewardship Committee, project supporter, flowers for services, donate SHAREs, Christmas gifts for Applecross House, participating in parish programs and projects,

 

*Healing - The Holy Spirit leads some of us to share in restoring the sick. To exercise the gift of healing is to pray not necessarily for cure but for God's help for the sufferer, that something of good may come out of the distress. This gift involves a healthy prayer life, confidence in God's power to provide courage in suffering, and wellness of spirit regardless of the condition of the body or mind.

read: James 5:13-16, Luke 9:1-2 , II Kings 5:1-3, 9-14

Ministries using the gift of healing: Pastoral Caregiver, Prayer Chain member, participate in the healing ministry of the church, member of the Order of Saint Luke, visit the sick, visit in hospitals, intercessory prayer with or for the sick,

 

 

 

 

*Hospitality - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to open our homes willingly and offer lodging, food, and fellowship cheerfully to other people. A concern for the comfort of others may be a manifestation of the gift of hospitality. This gift involves having a knack for making people at ease, enjoying being in the presence of strangers, being willing to offer one's home as ministry.

read: Hebrews 13:1-2, Genesis 18:1-8

Ministries using the gift of hospitality: Foyer Group participant, Small group host, Saint Anne's neighborhood, Casserole Brigade, Agapé foods, Help with Pancake Supper, Sunday Coffee host, Breadmaker, Greeter, Usher, Membership/Newcomers Committee, entertaining guests of the parish,

 

 

 

 

*Intercession - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to pray intensely and for extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. The gift of intercession is praying for others, a vital and important ministry often overlooked as "a ministry." Evidences of the gift of intercession would be having the mindset for being instantly in prayer for a person or situation, having confidence that God acts in response to our prayers, being patient and persistent in prayer even when change is not evident, having a continuing sense of responsibility to pray for people and situations.

read: 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Ministries using the gift of intercession: Prayer Chain member, private prayer, prayer groups, prayer vigils, praying with others,

 

 

 

 

*Knowledge - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to understand in an exceptional way the great truths of God's Word and to make them relevant to specific situations in the church and in daily life. To exercise the gift of knowledge, one enjoys learning, probably from childhood and on into adulthood. This gift involves knowledge of facts and relationships, of Scripture and of the tradition of the church, of the lives and works of church fathers and mothers, but also knowledge of the ways of sharing these learnings gracefully.

read: Ephesians 3:14-19, Hosea 6:6

Ministries using the gift of knowledge: Vestry member, Committee chaplain, Preacher, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader, EFM mentor or member, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, attend studies and conferences,

 

 

 

 

*Mercy - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to feel exceptional empathy and compassion for those who are weak or suffering so that they devote large amounts of time and energy to alleviate these conditions. To exercise the gift of mercy is to relate to others in kindness and compassion. This gift involves continual readiness to forgive those who have erred, comfort the bereaved, help those who face a crisis, minister to the sick, become a peacemaker or offer assistance to those in need.

read: Luke 10:30-37, Micah 6:8

Ministries using the gift of mercy: Pastoral Caregiver, Hospice volunteer, Prison ministry, AIDS ministry, Deaf ministry, Poverty ministry, Race relations/Crossing 52, Nursery care, visit the sick or shut-ins, calling on lapsed members, participating in programs concentrating on social needs, caring for the disadvantage, comforting the bereaved,

 

 

 

 

*Missionary - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to minister in a second culture or second community, whatever other spiritual gifts they have. To exercise the gift of missions is not to impose one's beliefs on another, but to faithfully and mutually share what one has learned about God. This gift involves a willingness to be with and share with people of different heritage, customs, economic background, experience, or manner of speaking, as much a willingness to listen as to speak, and an awareness that God loves all people, no matter what they believe or how they express their beliefs.

read: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 , Mark 16:15-20

Ministries using the gift of missions: Community Service volunteer, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Hispanic ministry, Samaritan Inn, Samaritan Kitchen, sponsor a refugee family, prison ministry, migrant-worker ministry, foreign missions,

 

 

 

*Musician - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to praise God through various forms of music and enhance the worship experience of the local congregation or the church at large. To exercise the gift of music may involve some skill in singing or in playing an instrument, but may also include the ability to select appropriate music for a worship service or parish event.

read: 1 Corinthians 14:26, Psalm 98:1, 4-6, Psalm150:3-6

Ministries using the gift of music: Choir member, church musician (instrument),

Congregation singer, music planning,

 

*Pastor - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to assume responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group within the church. The gift of pastoring is not necessarily the ordained ministry. This gift includes leading worship, pastoral counseling, and leadership in parish programs.

read: 1 Peter 5:1-11

Ministries using the gift of pastoring: Vestry member, Senior/Junior Warden, Pastoral Caregiver, Spiritual Director, Worship Committee member, Layreader, Independence Village services,

 

 

 

 

*Deeds of Power - The Holy Spirit empowers some of us to accomplish much toward achieving God's will in our church and community. (In some versions of Scripture this gift is called the working of miracles.) This gift involves a firm and faithful relationship with God, courage in the face of adversity, and a willingness to call on the power of God.

read: John 14:11-14, Micah 3:8, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 1:5-7

Ministries using the gift of power: Vestry member, Senior/Junior Warden, prison ministry, poverty ministry, hunger ministry, Race relations/Crossing 52, participating in programs concentrating on social needs, caring for the disadvantage, comforting the bereaved,

 

 

 

 

*Prophet - The Holy Spirit empowers some of us to interpret and apply God's revelation in a given situation. This gift involves a keen sense of the dignity of all people, a sense of call, a sense of timing, knowledge of Scripture and the workings of the church.

read: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33a, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40

Ministries using the gift of prophesy: Preacher, Counselor, Bible Study leader or participant, Convention delegate or alternate,

 

 

 

 

*Serving - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to willingly share the burdens of others and help them in such a way that they can do their tasks more effectively. To exercise the gift of serving is to identify closely with the needs and problems of others, not providing answers or solutions, but being willing to work with them, no matter how small or how big the task may be. This gift involves a willingness to "pitch in" and do whatever is needed, no matter how detailed or tedious the task.

read: Galatians 6:1-2, Philippians 2:3-8

Ministries using the gift of serving: Committee member, Thrift Shop volunteer, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Acolyte/Server, Altar Guild member, Breadmaker, Office volunteer, Landscape volunteer, Lawn mower. Habitat for Humanity, Food for Habitat workers, Samaritan Inn (nights), Samaritan kitchen, Red Cross Blood drive, Social Ministries Committee, Pie ministry, Crop Walk, Food Bank, Poverty ministry, SHARE ministry, Migrants ministry, Lector, Chalicist, Flower Guild, Work day participant, Gardening & lawn care, Sunday morning close-up, Repairs around the church, cleaning the church, Painting,

 

 

 

 

*Teacher - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to communicate so that others can learn. To exercise the gift of teaching one effectively imparts information or proclaims precepts of truth, either vocally, visually or by example.

read: Hebrews 5:12-14, Isaiah 28:9-10

Ministries using the gift of teaching: Sunday School teacher, EFM mentor, Youth leader, Tutor, Train acolytes/lectors/layreaders, Day Care volunteer, work with young people, social ministries involving teaching or training others,

 

 

 

 

*Tongues - The Holy Spirit enables some of us to communicate or to understand in forms or communication beyond the ordinary. To exercise the gift of tongues is to communicate in or understand a foreign language or anything (such as ASL, Braille, art, music and more) other than our own native language.

read: Acts 2:5-11, Psalm 104:2b-35

Ministries using the gift of tongues: Hispanic ministry, ministry for the deaf or blind, poverty ministry, ministry in a specialized area, sharing meditations on art, music or nature, expressing one's faith through art or music,

 

 

 

 

*Wisdom - The Holy Spirit endows some of us with an understanding of God's will and work as it relates to the living of life. To exercise the gift of wisdom is to help others to discover the wisdom they have within them. This gift involves knowledge of God and of Scripture, discernment of God's will, and skill in analyzing the problems and dilemmas of life.

read Sirach 1:14-19, James 3:13-17, Ecclesiastes 9:13-18

Ministries using the gift of wisdom: Counselor, Spiritual Director, Convention delegate or alternate, EFM Mentor, Youth leader, Pastoral Caregiver, Hospice volunteer, Contact volunteer, Vestry member,