Studying spiritual gifts, learning to work with them, and letting them work for the church can open up and expand fruitful ministry, whether a new ministry or a ministry that has had a long tenure in the local church. When we understand spiritual gifts and how they can be used to fulfill mission and ministry, we can structure the administrative life of the local church in ways that maximize its ministry effectiveness. Recruiting leaders and participants for ministry teams becomes a clearer task and not one people dread, as it helps those who are being recruited to become better-informed decision makers when they are facing opportunities to serve in their church or beyond. Persons serving from their gifts can experience greater joy in serving, and that joy spills over into the life of the congregation. Implementing various ministries is less arduous, and the results can be more effective.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
When have you noticed the difference in people serving from their gifts with joy or serving from a sense of obligation? Join the conversation.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
—1 Peter 4:10, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Give me knowledge and insight that will help me make the right choices in my life. Amen.
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You are beloved, and you are gifted. Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit will help you discover the particular gifts the Holy Spirit has given you and challenges you to use. A “Grace Gifts Inventory” is included in the book to help you identify and apply the spiritual gifts in your life.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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