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Spiritual Gifts

What are your gifts?

 Read below to discover more about what your Spiritual Gift scores mean. Haven't taken the inventory yet? You can do it here.


Administration

The gift of administration is the special ability to understand clearly the immediate and long-range goals of a particular unit of the Body of Christ, and to devise and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals. (1 Corinthians 12:28, Acts 6:1-7, Titus 1:5, Proverbs 24:3-4)

Characteristics:

  • Detail oriented
  • Develops strategies to reach a goal
  • Can bring order out of chaos
  • Action oriented
  • Can build a successful system to bring about effective ministry
  • Efficient/Thorough/Organized/Conscientious

Cautions:

  • Forget that the Body of Christ is People and not business with only goals to accomplish
  • Need to be willing to listen to others and adjust goals as needed
  • Could replace “My Purposes” for “God’s purposes”
  • Impatient with those without your gift

Apostleship

Unlike the twelve Apostles in the early church who actually saw the Lord and spread the Word and planted churches far and wide. Apostle’s today do not have the same authority as the Apostles Christ appointed. Today’s apostles have a clear vision to start new ministries where other may not. They make great church planters and strong leaders. Apostles today have a Spirit led calling to reach out where others may never dare. They demonstrate tremendous abilities in influencing others to follow. They also have a contagious and industrious enthusiasm to cross cultural, geographical, and economic boundaries for Christ.

Characteristics:

  • Builder, visionary, entrepreneurial spirit, pioneer

Cautions:

  • Can be too autocratic/too over-reaching/too tunnel-visioned

Craftsmanship

The gift of craftsmanship is the special ability to use your hands, thoughts, and mind to further the Kingdom of God through artistic, creative means.  People with this gift may also serve as leaders for others in forming their abilities in this area.  The gift may also be used in the areas of maintenance, care, and upkeep for the benefit and beautification of God's Kingdom here on earth. (2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Exodus 30:22-25, Exodus 31:3-11, Acts 16:14, Acts 18:3)

Characteristics:

  • Ability to work with your hands crafting materials such as wood, cloth, metal,  stone, paint or glass
  • Enjoy the process of creating and seeing the results of the labor
  • Enjoy seeing this gift meeting a tangible need in ministry
  • Ability to make things that improve the effectiveness of others’ ministries
  • Creative/Practical/Designer/Handy/Helpful/Resourceful/Behind-the-scenes

Cautions:

  • Could  think that your gift is not “spiritual” enough and therefore insignificant
  • Could forget that that the source of their creativity and skill is God

Discernment

The gift of discernment is evident in those who have unusual ability to see through a lot of confusion and pin point problems and solutions. They are concerned about right and wrong.  They tend to listen well and hear the little and seemingly insignificant things that shed light on a specific need. Those with the gift of discernment are often more serious. They distinguish between good and evil, truth and error. They like to ask questions and then give advise. They often relate problem to the violation of biblical principles. They feel strongly about obeying truth and living by the Word of God.

Characteristics:

  • Listener to both God and man/perceiving/insightful/sees beneath the surface

Cautions:

  • Can be too critical/ too dogmatic/struggles with giving mercy/grace.

Evangelism

The gift of evangelism is the special ability to share the Gospel with unbelievers in such a way that men and women become disciples of Jesus and responsible members of the body of Christ. (2 Timothy 4:5, Ephesians 4:11, Romans 10:15, Acts 5:42, Acts 10:36, Acts, 13:32, Acts 8:5-6, Acts 11:20, Acts 21:8)

Characteristics:

  • Strong desire to share the good news of Christ with others
  • Ability to naturally turn a conversation toward Christ
  • Desires to build relationships with non-believers
  • Adaptable in presenting the good news of Christ to the various needs of others
  • Not afraid to challenge non-believers to follow Christ
  • Sincere/Bold/Candid/Confident

Cautions:

  • Remember that it is God’s job to bring people to Christ you are just the messenger
  • Avoid coming across as arrogant, be humble in sharing
  • Know that not everyone has your passion for evangelism and that does not mean that they are bad Christians
  • Remember to evangelize through your life and not just your words

Exhortation/Wisdom

The gift of exhortation/wisdom is the special ability to minister words of comfort consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the Body in such a way that they feel helped and healed. A person with this gift has insight and understanding of life situations which arise, perceiving what to do and how to do it. ( 1 Corinthians 2:1-13, 1 Corinthians 12:8, 2 Corinthians 9, 1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Peter 3:15-16, Acts 6:3, 10)

Characteristics:

  • Perceptive to the needs of others
  • Comes along side of discouraged and hurting people to comfort and strengthen
  • Loves to point people toward God and His promises for hope
  • Motivates others to grow
  • Tends to have people see them out for counsel and support
  • Positive/Compassionate/Motivating/Supportive/Sensitive

Cautions:

  • Can be too simplistic and overly optimistic
  • Make sure to listen and not jump to quick conclusions and advice
  • May avoid being confrontational

Faith

The gift of faith is often found in those with the obvious ability to trust God in the most adverse circumstances.  Every Christian has a measure of saving faith, but those with the gift of faith have a deeper dependence upon God and His Word.  Those with the gift of faith have the ability to overlook the obstacles and see the possibilities.  This gift exceeds simple optimism because it is connected to God’s supernatural intervention into difficult and even impossible situations.  The more impossible the situation, the greater the faith they tend to have.

Characteristics:

  • A deep commitment to Scripture/resilient faith/ unquestioning faith in God

Cautions:

  • Insensitivity to those who see the difficulties/Lack balance and patience at times/Prideful

Giving

The gift of giving is the special ability to contribute material resources to the work of the Lord with great joy, eagerness, and liberality. (Mark 12:41-44, Malachi 3:10 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 9:2, Luke 18:12 Romans 12:8)

Characteristics:

  • Desire to give toward growth in God’s Kingdom
  • Does not seek fanfare and recognition
  • May have a special ability to make money and therefore able to give more to God
  • Effective in managing their money
  • Generous giving brings real joy to their lives
  • Sacrificial/Informed/Disciplined/Resourceful/Charitable

Cautions:

  • Watch out for greed
  • Remember to check your ethics as you make money for God
  • Don’t use your money as a way to try to control the church
  • Know that giving is a spiritual discipline and not just giving to charity

Healing

The gift of healing demonstrate not only genuine sensitivity to those who are suffering, but who also are used by God to bring restoration and healing to the sick. The person with this gift often also has the gift of faith. They have an unwavering belief in God’s power through the Holy Spirit to bring about healing in one form or another (supernaturally or naturally via doctors and medicine or through death –God’s ultimately healing). Often they are able to pray, touch, or speak words that bring supernatural encouragement and sometime physical healing and/ or improvement.

Characteristics:

  • A deep belief in Gods compassion and power/Merciful-empathetic /Attentive/Insightful

Cautions:

  • Over-caring/Too optimistic/Presumptive of God  

Helps

The gift of helps is the special ability to invest one's talents in the life and ministry of other members of the Body, thus enabling the persons helped to increase their effectiveness in the use of their gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:28, 1 Timothy 6:2 1 Peter 4:9-10, Mark 2:3-4 Acts 9:36,Romans 16:1-2)

Characteristics:

  • Behind the scenes service to others
  • Sensitive to the needs of others and willing to help meet those needs
  • Serving is the heartbeat of their lives
  • Sees serving as a spiritual discipline
  • Helpful/Willing/Dependable/Practical/“Whatever it takes”

Cautions:

  • Remember the spiritual importance of this gift and do not feel it is not as important as other gifts
  • It is okay to say “no”
  • Don’t forget to let others serve you
  • Don’t neglect your family as you help others
  • Let others help, too

Hospitality

The gift of hospitality is the special ability to provide an open house and warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging; to care for those not in the immediate family with joy and effectiveness. (Acts 16:15, Acts 21:16-17 Hebrews 13:1-2, Romans 12:9-13, Romans 16:23, 3 John 5-8)

Characteristics:

  • Ability to create an atmosphere of warmth where people feel welcome, loved and cared for
  • Help new people feel welcome
  • Create an environment where fellowship can be experience and relationships built
  • Help people feel at ease in a new and unfamiliar setting
  • Friendly/Sensitive/Inviting/Trusting/Warm/Caring

Cautions:

  • The gift is not just “entertaining”
  • Be considerate of your own family as you practice your gift
  • Don’t just be hospitable to your friends, reach out to others

Intercession

The gift of intercession is the special ability to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis, and also to see frequent and specific answers to one's prayers to a degree much greater than a fellow Christian who does not have an intercessory gift. (Colossians 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:1-8, James 5:14-16, Acts 12:1-17 Acts 16:25-31 )

Characteristics:

  • Believe in  and experience the power of prayer
  • Feel led to pray for something even if there is no clear explanation as to why
  • Aware of the spiritual battles going on every day
  • Willing to spend time in daily personal prayer
  • Eagerly looks for answers to prayers
  • Persistent/Consistent/Humble/Spiritually Sensitive/Advocate

Cautions:

  • Be careful to resist the feeling that the gift is not valued in the ministry
  • Don’t use prayer as an excuse for not being faithful in other responsibilities
  • Be careful of spiritual arrogance by seeing yourself as more spiritual than others

Interpretation of Tongues

The gift of interpretation of tongues is the divine enablement to make known to the body of Christ the message of one who is speaking in tongues or an unknown language.   Its purpose is to edify, challenge or bring conviction to God’s people and to glorify God. The gift of interpretation often has a prophetic overtone in it’s delivery.

Characteristics:

  • prophetic/discerning/perceptive/steeped in scripture

Cautions:

  • Critical/Too black and white/Over confident

Knowledge

The gift of knowledge is the special ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas that are pertinent to the growth and well-being of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Mark 2:6-8 John 1:45-50, Acts 5:1-11? 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Colossians 2:2,3)

Characteristics:

  • Ability to think analytically and objectively
  • Loves to dig into Scripture to discover new insights
  • Able to organize information for practical use and teaching
  • Confident that biblical truth can transform lives
  • Inquisitive/Responsive/Discerning/Studious/Observant/Insightful

Cautions:

  • Watch out for spiritual pride (“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Cor. 8:1)
  • Remember that the message is from God and not you
  • Make sure that you move from “head knowledge” to “heart knowledge”—Apply God’s message

Leadership

The gift of leadership, much like the gift of administration, is evident in those who demonstrate an unusual ability to influence others. They seem to have an independent determination to challenge and direct others toward a specific goal. They stand out and take stands. Those with the gift of leadership tend to be multi-talented, excelling in both their people and task skills. Often they are results oriented and goal driven. They are often, but not always visionaries who can envision the future of a church or ministry.

Characteristics:

  • Goal/vision oriented/Determined/Able to inspire others to follow

Cautions:

  • Abrasive/ Impatient/Ambitious/Prideful/Over-reaching

Mercy

The gift of mercy is the special ability to feel genuine concern and compassion for individuals, both Christian and non-Christian, who suffer distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully-done deeds which reflect Christ's love and alleviate their suffering. (Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:7, Mark 9:41, Luke 10:35-37, Acts 9:36)

Characteristics:

  • Ability to discern the pain in others
  • Could have suffering in your past that heightens your level of empathy
  • Able to come along side the hurting and respond in an appropriate manner
  • Feels for and serves the lonely and outcasts
  • Serve cheerfully in situations where the conditions are difficult and desperate
  • Empathetic/Caring/Responsive/Listener/Compassionate/Loving/Sensitive

Cautions:

  • Make sure you have the proper emotional support from others
  • Realize that you cannot relieve everyone’s suffering in fact God uses suffering to develop people and draw them to Himself
  • May find yourself being taken advantage of easily
  • Guard against feeling unappreciated

Miracles

The gift of miracles is the divine enablement to authenticate the ministry and the message of God through supernatural interventions that glorify God and point to His reality.  People with this gift often are able to speak God’s truth and have it accompanied with a miracle. This could be in the form of a healing, a word of knowledge, the casting out of a demonic force in a person’s life or have a prophetic word given them.

Characteristics:

  • prophetic/boldness/steeped in scripture/unquestioning faith in God

Cautions:

  • Spiritual pride/Too dominant/Non-collaborative

Music

The gift of music is the special ability to use one's voice in the singing of praises and joy to the Lord for the benefit of others, or to play a musical instrument to the praise of the Lord and for the benefit of others. (1 Chronicles 16:41-42, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 2 Chronicles 34:12, 1 Samuel 16:15-19, Deuteronomy 31:22)

Characteristics:

  • Have a passion for leading others in worship by using the gift of music
  • Asked to play, sing, or use talents for God in a worship service
  • Creative/“Artsy”/Musical/Worshipful/Passionate

Cautions:

  • Be careful to practice your gift in praise for God’s glory and not a performance for your glory
  • To focus on musical development at the expense of spiritual development

Serving

The gift of serving is the special ability to identify the unmet needs involved in a task related to God's work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired goals. (2 Corinthians 8:16-20, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Romans 12:7, Acts 6:1-7,  Luke 22:22-27)

Characteristics:

  • Willing to serve behind the scenes to support the ministries of others
  • Ability to see the practical things that need to be done and do them
  • Thrives on helping others – It is what motivates
  • Attaches spiritual value to practical service
  • Enjoys knowing that what they do frees others up to fulfill God’s call on their life
  • Available/Willing/Faithful/Practical/“Whatever It Takes” attitude

Cautions:

  • Tempted to see this as not a very important gift
  • Serving with a wrong motive
  • May find it difficult to say “No”

Shepherding

The gift of shepherding is the special ability to nurture, care for, and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ. The person with this gift enjoys spending time nurturing and caring for others, and enjoys giving guidance and practical support to a small group of people. (Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 5:1-4 John 10:1-1)

Characteristics:

  • Loves being with and ministering to people
  • People rather than task-oriented
  • Is energized by helping and supporting others in their walk with Christ
  • Models with lifestyle what it means to be a follower of Christ
  • Develops trust through long-term relationships
  • Influencer, Relational, Guide, Protective, Supportive

Cautions:

  • Don’t abuse your influence of others through manipulation or intimidation
  • Your desire to minister and meet needs may make it difficult to say “No”
  • Be willing to release people to the care of others so that they can continue to grow

Teaching

The gift of teaching is the special ability to communicate information relevant to the health and ministry of the body and its members (children and/or adults) in such a way that they will learn and be edified. (1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:7, 1 Timothy 3:2, 2 Timothy 2:2, Acts 18:24-28, Ephesians 4:11-14, Acts 20:20-21)

Characteristics:

  • Communicate God’s Word in a powerful and practical way
  • Ability to challenge others to study and apply God’s Word
  • Desire to give attention to detail and accuracy
  • Willing to take the time to study God’s Word in order to be prepared to teach
  • Disciplined/Practical/Analytical/Articulate/Teachable

Cautions:

  • Be careful with pride due to your knowledge of the Bible
  • Don’t get bogged down with the details and miss the application
  • Remember that your spiritual maturity is not measured by how much you know

Tongues

The gift of tongues is the ability to speak, worship or pray in a language unknown to the speaker for the purpose of prayer or to deliver a message to the body of Christ. (Acts 2:1-13, Acts 10:44-46, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 12:10,28, 1 Corinthians 13:1, 14:13-19, 26-28, 39)

Characteristics:

  •  This is a miraculous or “sign” gift
  • Can be used as a personal prayer language
  • Speaking a language that the speaker has never learned before
  • Can be used to deepen their relationship with God
  • Used with the gift of interpretation of tongues can encourage those who hear it

Cautions:

  • Seeking the gift because it is showy or dramatic gift
  • Speaking in tongues when there is no interpreter
  • Looking down on others who do not have the gift as being less “spiritual”

Writing

The gift of writing is the special ability to formulate thoughts and ideas into  meaningful written forms so that the reader will find courage, guidance, knowledge, or edification through the words shared with them. (Acts 15:19-20, Psalms 45:1, Philippians 3:1, Jude 3 1 Timothy 3:14-15)

Characteristics:

  • Aware that the written word can make an impact on others
  • Enjoys taking the time to craft sentences to effectively communicate
  • Able to edit writings for greater communication

Cautions:

  • Make sure you personally connect with others and not just spend time alone writing
  • Don’t be hypercritical of those who do not possess your gift
  • Don’t use your skill in a way that harms others