SPIRITUAL GIFT | ADMINISTRATION

“I left you behind in Crete for this reason, that you should put in order what remained to be done…”

Titus 1:5

Overview

A person with the Spiritual Gift of Administration has the ability to organize information, events, or material to work efficiently for the Body of Christ.


Do You Have the Spiritual Gift of Administration?

• I like to organize people, events, ideas, resources, or time.

• When a group I am in or project I am working on is lacking organization, I tend to step in to fill the gap.

• I have enjoyed bearing the responsibility for the success of a particular task within my church.

• I enjoy learning about management issues and how organizations function efficiently.


Lifestyle:

‘“The project led itself once people recognized the need. I didn’t inspire or motivate, I just kept the machinery well oiled,” he said when a friend tried to praise his leadership skills.’ The spiritual gift of administration often acts this way. A person with a life gift for managing time and priorities, finances, or organization simply comes alongside an effort and adds the ingredients needed for God to accomplish His purposes.” [1]


Suggestions for developing your Spiritual Gift of Administration:

• Observe how others with this gift to organize people, events, ideas, resources, or time.

• Develop skills that improve your efficiency.

• Practice: If you’re unsure, practice by taking administrative responsibility for a small task.

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV)


• [1] Jane A.G. Kise et al., eds., LifeKeys Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here, What You Do Best (Bethany House Publishers, 1996), 72.

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SPIRITUAL GIFT | CRAFTSMANSHIP

“And you shall speak to all who have ability, whom I have endowed with skill…. These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a checkered tunic, a turban, and a sash. When they make these sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests.”

Exodus 28:3-4


Overview

A person with the spiritual gift of Craftsmanship can forward the kingdom of God through creative skills such as carpentry, graphic arts, painting, and sewing. This gift provides the believer with the skill of creating artistic expressions that produce a spiritual response of strength and inspiration.


Do You Have the Spiritual Gift of Craftsmanship?

• Do you have significant artistic or craft ability that you would like to put into service for the Lord?

• Can you see how your artistic or craftsmanship skills could be used to benefit the body of Christ?

• Are you aware that people have been blessed through your craft skills or artistic ability?

• Are you characterized as a creative person or someone who is good with their hands?

• Can you envision some specific projects that you could undertake to use this gift or the kingdom of God?

What specific artistic or craftsmanship abilities has God given you?


People with this gift:

• Work with raw materials like wood, cloth, paint, metal, glass

• Work with different kinds of tools and are skilled with their hands

• Make things which increase the fruitfulness of others' ministries

• Create tangible items and resources

• Use variety and creativity to captivate people and cause them to consider Christ ’s message

• Demonstrate fresh ways to express the Lord ’s ministry and message.

How might this gift be used? Consider how God might use this gift through you and thereby build up the church. Habitat for Humanity and making lap quilts are just two ways one might use the gift of craftsmanship.


SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF CRAFTSMANSHIP:

Study Your Craft: Find ways to be trained and so bring forth your skills of artistry. Be Creative for God: Listen to the source of your gift and find ways to deepen your spirituality and count on God to set your imagination free. For example, seek out writings of other Christian crafts people to learn how they have opened themselves to God's inspiration.

Unlike some spiritual gifts, Craftsmanship produces fruit that can be readily and immediately seen. The results are tangible. It is also a gift that focuses largely on praise for the Lord, and the act of praising is always full of joy. You are blessed to have the gift of artistry or craftsmanship. Rejoice!


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Overview

“Praise him with trumpet sound; Praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; Praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; Praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”

Psalm 150:3-5


“David danced before the LORD with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.”

2 Samuel 6:14-15


CREATIVE COMMUNICATION

The Spirit-given ability to communicate God’s truth through visual, written, or performing arts.

People with the gift of Creative Communication strive to worship God, give God glory, show the Kingdom of God to others, bless, encourage, and bring peace through beauty.


More specifically people with this gift:

• Use the arts to communicate God’s truth

• Identify, develop and use artistic skills in themselves and others

• Use variety and creativity to captivate people and cause them to consider Christ’s message

• Challenge people’s perspective of God through various forms of the arts

• Demonstrate fresh ways to express the Lord’s ministry and message.


Some of the ways the gift of Creative Communication can be seen within worship experiences include artistic signage, music (hand bells, singing, playing instruments), and drama.


The gift of Creative Communication is manifested in other ministries. Consider photography, writing plays or music, and design for everything from websites to bulletin boards to motion graphics. All these can help communicate God’s message creatively and effectively.


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“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a [person’s] gift is encouraging…let him encourage…”
Romans 12:6,8


Overview

A person with the gift of encouragement listens effectively to others, offers wise counsel, support, and empowerment – and helps to bring about emotional, relational, or physical healing.


Do you have the Spiritual Gift of Encouragement?

  • Others say I’m a good listener, or friends seek me out when they’ve got problems.
  • I often see the best in others – things they’re slow to recognize in themselves.
  • I am usually tuned into the emotional state of people around me, whether things are going well or whether the chips are down.
  • When folks find themselves in stressful situations, I can often offer perspective in a way that is helpful to them.
  • I sympathize easily and am tolerant of others' shortcomings, and at the same time I enjoy helping them mature in their faith.
  • I like to reassure people who are discouraged how much God loves them.

 

“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together… but encouraging one another…”
Hebrews 10:24-25


SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Affirm Your Gift: Identify a mentor with the same gift who will encourage you as you pursue an encourager role.

Challenge Yourself: Sign up for a class in counseling or mediation, or consider training that emphasizes listening to others or walking alongside them in times of crisis.

Step Out in Faith: Consider small group leader training, and then use your gift to make each group time together a time of encouragement for each participant.


“When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion.” Acts 11:23


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | EVANGELISM


Overview


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8


Overview:

Evangelism is the Spirit-given ability to share the gospel with others so that they respond in faith and move towards discipleship.


People with this gift:

• Communicate the message of Christ with clarity and conviction

• Seek out opportunities to talk to unbelievers about spiritual matters

• Encourage unbelievers to faith and to become fully devoted followers of Christ

• Seek opportunities to build relationships with unbelievers.


Lifestyle: A person with the Spiritual Gift of Evangelism shares with others that Jesus is good news. They have spiritual conversations with neighbors and coworkers regularly. They frequently bring others into the faith community. Well-known public evangelists may come to mind, yet there are unnamed others who have been effective via sports, literature, music, and just hanging out.


As a Volunteer: Evangelists might work in existing churches and church planting. They might be a greeter, usher, class leader, may welcome newcomers, serve in prison or campus or park ministry, participate in renewal events, teach others about relational evangelism, coordinate outreach events, perform inner-city work, be a missionary or one-on-one witness, support missionaries (visit, letters, contacts), or do web outreach.


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | FAITH

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1


Overview

A person with the Spiritual Gift of Faith acts on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill his purposes…an extraordinary ability to trust God.


Do you have the spiritual gift of Faith?

• Do you know God is faithful even when life seems impossible?

• Do you firmly believe God is active in our lives?

• Do your friends tell you you’re an “incurable optimist”?

• If you sense that God is behind a project or idea, are you able to support it even when others are doubtful?

• Does your personal experiences help you believe in the power of faith?


Suggestions for developing your gift of Faith

  • Read and study some of the wonderful stories of faith in the Bible – Mark 5:25-34 (woman with a hemorrhage), Acts 27:21-25 (the storm at sea when Paul sails for Rome); Hebrews 11 (Faith’s Hall of Fame!).
  • Record in your journal instances where you are sure God is at work. Reread them later to see what actually happened.
  • Pray with other people who have the gift of faith or intercessory prayer.
  • Consider how the gift of faith would manifest itself in your situation, on the job, at home, in your responsibilities in the church or community.

“No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”

Romans 4:20-21


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | GIVING

“We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity...”

Romans 12:6,8


Overview

A person with the Spiritual Gift of Giving has the ability to give or generate resources and material wealth freely, wisely and with joy to help support ministries and meet the needs of others. This may be lived out by radical generosity or the uncanny ability to discover and channel new sources of money, time, and energy.


Do You Have the Spiritual Gift of Giving?

  • Is it easy for you to approach others and ask them to contribute their resources to a ministry or special project?
  • Do you feel a sense of ownership in the ministries and projects you support financially?
  • Have you had ideas that have helped you (and your family) contribute more financial resources?
  • Do you handle/manage money well in order to free more of it for other people and causes?
  • Do you view your treasures, talents, and time as on loan from God and not your own?
  • Do you often give generously and joyfully?


SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF GIVING

  • Read: Consider these biblical illustrations of people and churches with this gift: The widow (Mark 12:42-43), Tabitha (Acts 9:36), Barnabas (Acts 4:34-37), and the Macedonian church (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
  • Research: Research the ministries that interest you and how you might free up financial resources to support them.
  • Pray: Be committed to praying about needs and whether you might be called to help meet those needs.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”  Luke 6:38


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | HEALING

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit…”

1 Corinthians 12: 7, 9


Overview: Do you have the spiritual gift of healing?

• Are you naturally drawn to those sick in spirit or body?

• Does God sometimes work through your prayers and touch to bring physical, spiritual, relational, or emotional healing to others?

• Are you aware of God’s presence and do you try to follow God’s guidance for how to pray in each situation where healing is desired?

• When petitions for healing are spoken, do you find yourself wanting to pray?

• Have you experienced being intuitively aware of another’s pain?


PEOPLE WITH THE GIFT OF HEALING

The gift of healing includes mental, emotional, and spiritual illnesses as well as physical diseases. Individuals with the spiritual gift of healing are instruments through whom God works when God desires to heal. Healing is just one more way God’s love is shown.

A person with the Spiritual Gift of Healing is able to call on God for the curing of illness and the restoration of health in a supernatural way.


SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF HEALING

As this gift is to be used for God’s purposes…

• Make sure you have mature Christian friends by whom you can be held accountable for using this gift.

• Seek out others who are already using this gift and observe their methods.

• As a source of encouragement for yourself, record in your journal places where God is healing.


“It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. 

Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. 

After this happened, the rest of the people on the island

who had diseases also came and were cured.” Acts 28:8-9


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | HELPS

“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.” 1 Corinthians 12:28


Overview

Doing practical and necessary tasks which free up, support, and meet the needs of others. Helps is a spiritual gift that gets tasks done joyfully behind the scenes. Helps is discerned from the passage in 1 Corinthians 12:28 which states that God has appointed “forms of assistance,” or helps.


Those with the gift of Helps have a humble personality, and willingly sacrifice time and energy to do God's work. They are able to see other's needs often before they do, having great attention to detail. Helpers tend to have a servant's heart, be very loyal, and go above and beyond in their tasks. 


A possible pitfall of this spiritual gifting is that the person can become bitter about doing all the work while others are enjoying themselves. It is possible to be taken advantage of by others who want to get out of their own responsibilities. Because this gift is often behind the scenes, it may go unnoticed, even though it is essential for keeping things working and to ensure people are cared for inside and out of the church. Helpers should still be recognized and encouraged.


People with this gift

• Serve behind the scenes to support the gifts and ministries of others

• See the tangible and practical things to be done and enjoy doing them

• Sense God’s purpose and pleasure in meeting everyday responsibilities

• Attach spiritual value to practical service

• Enjoy knowing that they are freeing up others to do what God has called them to do.


Performing practical deeds is a spiritual contribution to the body of Christ.  To have the gift of helps is to be in “the glorious company of stretcher-bearers" as in the story in Mark 2:1-12.


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SPIRITUAL GIFT | HOSPITALITY

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you...”

Luke 14:13-14


Overview

A person with the gift of Hospitality provides a warm welcome for people that demonstrates God’s love by providing food, shelter or fellowship. “The Spiritual Gift of Hospitality has nothing to do with show and ostentation; rather it has everything to do with the way in which a guest is welcomed, and made to feel comfortable and at home.


Do you have the Spiritual Gift of Hospitality?

• I am comfortable around strangers and care deeply about how my church welcomes them.

• I can make all kinds of people feel welcome.

• I enjoy providing a safe environment for those in need.

• I feel fulfilled when I can open my home to others for food and fellowship.

• I am more concerned with whether guests feel welcome than whether my house is in order.

• I love to create appealing and appropriate environments for people.

• I view relationships as opportunities to pass on God’s love.


Here are some suggestions for developing your Spiritual Gift of Hospitality

• Step out in faith! You may think your dining table isn’t big enough or your cooking skills not good enough. Never mind – God blesses take-out chicken served from the bucket with napkins on a card table.

• Study the importance of simplicity and how it can set you free to concentrate on the people you are serving instead of your concern about details and preparations.

• Challenge yourself – make it a point to meet someone new every Sunday. Can you make guests as welcome as we would want Jesus to feel if he were a visitor to our church?

• Serving in this capacity at Bethany would include many opportunities on the Engagement Team,: Connection Café, First Impressions Host or Hostess, working at the welcome table, greeters, and ushers, etc.



“Hospitality is the way in which God's people do more for the stranger than they might do for their dearest friends. For God often comes to us in the guise of the stranger.”


“...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me… Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these..., you did it to me. ”

Matt 25: 35-36, 40


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