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What are Spiritual Gifts?
A Basic Definition:The word, Spiritual Gift, comes from the Greek phrase chrismata or sometimes referred to as Charisma, and is defined as, "a gift of grace."This means we, as Christians, are given a favor or a special gift to do the work of ministry on behalf of, and empowered by, our Lord Jesus Christ. In ancient Greek, it was a phrase that a conquering general, giving a gift to the people he had just conquered as a symbol of their dependence upon the conqueror, would use. We are not conquered in spirit, but our Will as a Christian becomes less as He becomes more. Thus, Gifts are also a reminder of our dependence upon Christ as Lord.
In the New Testament, the word is used to describe supernatural abilities given to people in the Body of Christ (1 Peter ; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11) as a special gift of God's grace.They are not earned by us in any way; rather, they are given graciously to us by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of ministry and Gods glory.
Spiritual Gifts are one of two areas of ministry in the church. First are the "assigned offices" such as ministers, elders, deacons, etc. These are the offices of leadership roles (Acts 6:1-6; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5-7; 1 Timothy .3:8; 5:17; James 2:15-16). These leaders must have the appropriate gifts of leadership, as well as the Gift in their area of ministry (1 Corinthians 14: 3-40; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Hebrews 13:17), all working together in love and cooperative unity to manage His Church effectively (see,1 Corinthians 13).
The second area of ministry in the Church is the Spiritual Gifts that are assigned to each Believer; we all have at least one. These are the abilities to do a specific function in ministry, to glorify Christ with the display of the attributes of Christs character and the parameters of the Fruit of the Spirit, in a specific function that strengthens the Church.These include "pastor/teacher" for the minister, "mercy" to those who visit the sick, or craftsmanship for those who build the buildings. All of these Gifts synergistically build upon one another to do the operational ministry of the Church. When these Gifts are functioning as they are given to us, we become Christs hands and feet in the world.
It is each Believers responsibility to find, develop, and exercise the Gifts given to him/her. Some of the Gifts include leadership, teaching, pastoral care, mercy, giving... there are over twenty of them! How we are to behave and interact with one another is governed by the Spirit working through each of us with these Gifts. We must acknowledge our role in the Body; there are no lone wolves in Christ! We have a duty to fulfill, and a role to play. When we refuse to find and use our Gifts, we not only hurt ourselves, but each other and our Lord! The Church is greatly diminished, the work of the Lord given to us is left undone, and opportunities are missed!
Spiritual Gifts are alive and well in the world; to deny their existence is to deny the work of the Holy Spirit! It is comforting to deny Gifts, because then we do not have to respond to His call and duty. We can be prideful, lazy, and conceited in our outlook toward others instead. Of course, this thinking is straight from another source other than the Bible and God's call (Matthew 28)! Satan does not want you to discover your Gifts; he wants you to ignore your responsibility and nurture of one another!
Session One: Understanding Gods call to us with Gifts
Well, yes you do; wonderful ones that build you up with growth, maturity, and the Church, as a whole! These gifts keep giving as we give to one another and to the community and world in which we live. A functioning Spiritual Gift is a far greater gift than anything the world can offer.
Question: Did you ever wonder why you are given a Gift?
Answer: To build up the Body!
This study is designed to give an honest, Biblical, verse-by-verse inductive study into Romans as well as other passages concerning Gifts. You will find that God indeed has a gift--perhaps gifts--for you. He has already given them, and they may be knocking on your door. It is our hope to teach you how to open the door to ministry. By this, we can all function better, stronger, and closer to one another, and be all we can be for Christs Glory! We will seek to give you a general overview of Spiritual Gifts. It is our intention to give an honest Biblical teaching of this topic without adding any theological agenda. This is a tough task, as there are so many views on Spiritual Gifts, and it is an emotionally charged subject. There are also many bad and false teachings on this subject, where people read their perceptions and agenda into it without concern to what God is communicating to us.
Romans 12 and Spiritual Gifts
The General Idea: The term, Spiritual Gifts, (pneumatikovß / Pneumakitos spiritual and cavrisma / Charisma for gift in the Greek, is mostly used by Paul except in 1 Peter ) means, abilities characterized or controlled by the Spirit, given by Grace." This subject usually brings a response from Christians from all walks of life and from many Denominations. Some are passionate with excitement, desiring to discover and use their Gifts, while others hide for fear of being convicted to do so. What does the concept of Spiritual Gifts mean? The term means "a gift of Grace."It literally refers to a specific favor or special gift given to a Believer (Romans ; ) to empower them with a special talent and/or an ability to better serve the church and glorify Christ. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 7:7;12:4-7; 13: 8-13; 28-30; Ephesians4:7-12; 1 Peter 4:10). These Gifts are to edify the church, serve the community, and build personal character and maturity.
These Gifts are also a responsibility, as they direct us to sacrificially serve others as Christ has served us. Yet, so often we fight over them, nullifying their true purpose and intent. These Gifts also have a supernatural source, the Holy Spirit. They can be miraculous or normative; however, each Gift, whether it is miraculous or not, is essential to the Body of Christ. Some have a greater need and importance as stated in
1 Corinthians 12-14. Spiritual Gifts cannot be earned or bought by us in any way, shape, or form. The Holy Spirit purely and graciously gives them to us for His clearly defined purposes. Thus, they are to be used to serve the body of Christ, His church, not our whims, ideas, plans, or greed. They are to be used; they are practical, and a church cannot function effectively without them! We are to see His love pouring onto us so we can let is pour from us to those around us. If we remain in our pride, we will remain ineffective!
1.Spiritual Gifts have one of two areas of ministry in the church.
a.First are the "assigned offices" such as ministers, elders, deacons, etc. These are the offices of (Acts 6:1-6; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5-7; 1 Timothy 3: 8; 5:17; James 2:15-16) leadership roles. These people must have the appropriate gifts of leadership, as well the Gift in their area of ministry
(1 Corinthians 14: 3-40; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Hebrews 13:17). They must be all working together in love and cooperative unity.
b.Second are the Spiritual Gifts assigned to each Believer. We each have at least one.
Spiritual Gifts are the abilities given and characterized by the Holy Spirit. Charisma means that they are Gifts of God's grace. This is imperative to know, because we cannot earn them, and we certainly do not deserve them! They are gifts of Grace, regardless of what you have been taught, or what you think the term "charismatic" means. (It actually means being led by the Spirit, and if you are a Christian, then the Spirit leads you. The question is, are you obeying Him?) On another note, all Gifts are charismatic gifts, since they are all Gifts of Grace by the Spirit.
i.Spiritual Gifts enable one to fulfill a specific function in ministry. The effect is to glorify Christ by displaying the attributes of Christs character in a specific function that ultimately strengthens the church.Examples are "pastor/teacher" for the minister, or "mercy" to those who visit the sick.
ii.It is the Believers responsibility to find, develop, and exercise the Gifts given.
iii.Some of the Gifts include leadership, teaching, pastoral care, mercy, giving... (See Gift Definitions)
iv.Spiritual Gifts guide us on how we are to behave and interact with one another.
v.We must acknowledge our role in the body of Christ. It is His church, and there are no lone wolves in Christ! We all have a duty to fulfill, and a role to play. We have a duty to find our Gifts, then use them for the edification of those in the church and those around us outside of the church to point to Christs glory. When we refuse to yield to His truths and His call, we hurt ourselves, one another, and our Lord!
1.What comes to your mind when someone says, Spiritual Gifts?
2.Why do some Christians fear this?Do you? If so, why?
3.Do you have passionate excitement, desiring to discover and use your Gifts?
4.Spiritual Gifts can be scary and may cause us to hide in the fear of coming under conviction of God or moving outside of our comfort zone. Why is this so?
5.What can you do to remove this fear? What can you do to develop trust in our Lord and the wonder He invokes?
6.Why do some Christians deny the existence of Spiritual Gifts?
7.What do Spiritual Gifts mean to you and your church? What can they mean?
8.If you could choose any special talent and/or ability in order to serve Him better, what would it be?
9.Spiritual Gifts guide us in how we are to behave and interact with one another. What happens when we refuse to exercise them?
10.What is your churchs position on Gifts? Does it promote them, hide from them or what? How does your churchs leadership affect the ministry of your church by their position on Gifts?
11.How are Spiritual Gifts determined and used in your church?
12.How would Spiritual Gifts help you to build personal character and maturity?
13.How would Spiritual Gifts help you serve your community? Do you see needs in your community that people in your church, including yourself, could meet?
14.How are Gifts a responsibility?
15.Why do Christians fight over Spiritual Gifts, when the fighting nullifies their true purpose and intent?
Session Two: Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Gifts
Read: Matthew 28: 18-20; John -39; -18, 26; ; 16:7
Spiritual Gifts are alive and well both in the Church and in the world. They are not from a bygone era or only for certain Denominations or individuals; they are for you and your church! God considers them very important, and essential if ministry is going to be effective! For you to be your best for Christs glory, you must take Spiritual Gifts seriously. You must learn about them, be aware of which ones you have, and determine how you can put them into practice. If you neglect to do this, you might well live only a partially effective Christian life, missing key opportunities and essential ministry. Others will be left out of the care and love you and your church were called to give.
1.To deny the existence of Spiritual Gifts is to deny the work of the Holy Spirit! It is comforting to deny Gifts, because then we do not have to respond to His call and duty; we can be lazy and conceited in our outlook to others instead. Of course, this thinking is straight from a source other than the Bible and God's call!
2.Fruits and Gifts are not the same. We must not confuse the gifts of the Spirit with fruit of the Spirit.
a.Gifts are services to be performed for others to benefit the church.
b.Fruit" speaks of the graces and character traits of Christ we all are to emulate as Believers, to cultivate Holiness (Galatians -23).
c.Both the Fruit and the Gifts are essential. Both are manifestations of the indwelling Spirit within us.
3.What is the difference between a gift and a talent? Most Bible teachers say that we are born with certain talents or natural abilities, but when we are born again we are given Spiritual Gifts. This may be true, but it is interesting that talents being natural and gifts being supernatural are not separate distinctions in Scripture! Therefore, your pastor and a secular professor may be teaching from the same talent/gift that could be used either in a church or in a secular classroom. However, the purpose is the distinction! The secular aspect of talent is to function in society to build a community. If we all had the same talents, we would not have a variety of services and resources in the community. It is much the same in the church. However, the purpose is completely different; in the church, a Gift is to glorify Christ. A secular talent does not do this! The Spirit empowers us further--beyond just the natural talent (1 Corinthians 2:14-15; Galatians 1:15-16).
a.Spiritual Gifts also help us grow in vitality and maturity (1 Peter 5)!
b.What Gifts are more important? 1 Corinthians12:28 tells us, And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets,thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
i.All the Gifts are needed, all are essential because they all are designed to edify the Church and glorify God. The church is a body, and while all parts of the body are important, some are more essential, like the brain versus a foot. The Corinthians had trouble distinguishing the importance of the Gifts, hence Pauls letter to them (1 Corinthians ; 14).
i.Leaders and teachers are the most important--those who clearly present the truths of the Christian faith, which the Apostles (church leaders) give from the Word. Because we are first called to make disciples over all else in the Church (Matthew 28: 18-20). This means training and instruction on the work of Christ and the exercise of our faith. This is to be continual throughout our Christian life. Discipleship is not something that only happens to new Christians it is to happen to us all, all of the time! Teachers are to teach and apostles are to administer to make sure this happens. And good teaching can only happen if the rest of the gifts are functioning properly! They all work together!
ii.A prophet is someone who keeps the church on Gods path of truth, and makes sure we do not slip into false teaching. This is not the same as an OT prophet!
iii.Tongues and miracles may seem great! However, they do not meet the basic and eternal needs of the Body of Christ like teaching does. To think they are would be like putting the cart in front of the horse! The Bible does not make the case that they have ceased, although they are not considered important. They are like milk for a baby versus the meat of teaching for maturity (1 Corinthians 14:1-25). Those who put the emphases on the signs and wonders miss the point of Scripture and the call of God. It is like saying the hotdogs are more important than the ball game!
iv.The most important and needed Gifts are those that focus in on the Word of God, that disciple the Believers, because without them the church would fall down (Matthew 28). The teaching and preaching of the Word of God must be more valuable to you than any material or emotional thing!
c.A key aspect to learning about your Gifts is to hook up with someone who is older and more experienced to help you through it!
d.Satan does not want you to discover your Gifts; he wants you to ignore your responsibility and nurture of one another. So, does Satan have your attention, or does Christ?
"God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
1.Why is the function in ministry to glorify Christ? How do you glorify our Lord? How can you do a better job?
2.With the above questions in mind, how can you display the attributes of Christs character, Fruit and Gifts in a specific function that strengthens the church?
3.What can you do, as a leader or pastor, to motivate the congregation from the pulpit and boardroom to find and use their Gifts? As a church member, what can your pastor do to better motivate you and the church?
4.How can you help others discover their Gifts?
5.What can you do to find a mentor, one who has the same Gifts as you but with more experience, to show you the ropes?
6.How can you set a schedule for accountability with your mentor?
7.What can you do to continue indefinitely the exercise and growth of your Gifts?
8.How can you explore possibilities of using your Gifts of Grace?
9.What can you and your church do to experiment with as many Gifts as you can?
10.What can you do to help your church work together in love and cooperative unity with the Gifts?
11.How can the Fruits make the Gifts work better?
12.What will you do now with your knowledge of your Gift(s), even if you do not yet know what they are?
Remember: Satan does not want you to discover your Gifts; he wants you to ignore your responsibility and nurture of one another.
Session Three:How to Determine your Spiritual Gift(s)
This procedure is much more accurate and honest than just using an inventory. We have a tendency to read into these tests our desires, not those of the Lords leading. Or, we use them, and are confused because we may not know what the Gifts mean. Use an inventory like the one attached as another source of information, but not your only source! Remember, the Gift He gives you is far more important and powerful than the Gift you may want! If you changed everyone in the Army who is a Private to a General, the best Generals ever, the war would be lost quickly. Because, it is the Privates who do the work, who put the vision and call of the leaders into practice. As Christians, all of us cannot, nor should not, be leaders unless we are called and gifted to be. We all need to do the work He gives, all working together. Remember, Gifts are never a platform for power or control; they are to be in conjunction and in harmony with others. All are important, all are needed; you are important and you are needed!
MY SPIRITUAL GIFTS___________________________________
(In this place, write both your opinion, and the opinion of others, of what they are, or what you think they may be. Do not worry about being accurate right now.)
1.Carefully Read the above Scriptures and study the Biblical teachings on Gifts, then put the emphasis on what the Bible really says:
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What blocks this teaching from happening in me?
How can I be a changed person because of this?
How can I apply this teaching?
Do not interpret in light of your experiences or presumptions!
2.Go over the Gift Descriptions at the end of this section and see which one(s) interest and excite you.
3.Do the following PRAYERFULLY and PRIVATELY.
·List those you are pretty sure you have. (Remember, reality--not just desires.)
·List those you think you might have.
·Examine Your DESIRES. (Be careful! You must examine your motives as well)
·Examine the EVIDENCE (what you have done or can do, what has been confirmed by others)
·Examine the OPPORTUNITIES (what are the needs?)
Share this list with someone who knows you, such as a pastor, friend, mentor, or parent who knows the real you, for confirmation, prayer, and encouragement.
·List where and how you can exercise your gift(s).
Answer these Questions
1.What needs exist in your life, community, or world that requires attention, i.e., in your family, local church, city, etc.)?
·God will give someone, perhaps you, the Spiritual Gifts necessary to help meet those needs. Ask God what part you should take in helping to minister and serve.
·Be on the lookout for needs that God can meet through you!
2.What do you think the Holy Spirit is telling you to do?
·The Holy Spirit has given each Christian at least one Spiritual Gift.
·The Holy Spirit wants you to exercise that Spiritual Gift.
·The Holy Spirit wants you to be discipled in your Gift(s)!
·You are to be open and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.
·After you determine your Gift(s) and the Spirits direction in the use of the Gift(s), you must obey Him!
3.Ask yourself honestly, would you naturally choose what the Holy Spirit is telling you to do or, rather, your desires? Usually, your desires are a good starting indication of your Gift, as long as you are honest and grounded in the Word. The problem is that we confuse our desires with our wishes. We need to place the focus on what is real in our life as in our real gifts and abilities by the honest confirmation we receive from godly people and by listening of the Spirit.
·Usually, the Holy Spirit will not cause you to do that to which you have no inclination, liking, or sensitivity. In other words, He will not call you to Outer Mongolia to be a missionary unless you have the desire and ability to go!
4.To begin with, what are some natural talents, interests, abilities, inclinations, etc., that you already have that God could use?
·Usually the Lord starts with us where we are, not with trying to revamp our whole personality and gifts. He starts with natural talents and interests, and then adds supernatural abilities as we grow in maturity, and as He wills/leads us for His purpose.
·Do the Gift(s) that you are using fill you with wonder and excitement, or do you feel a stale obligation?
·If you are stuck, read through the description and Scriptures of the Gifts below and then try to experiment with as many Gifts as you can (such as teaching, helping ), considering how comfortable you feel with one or more!
·Examine your feelings; what do you want to do more than anything else? However, do not rely on just your feelings!
·Is the Gift you have precisely the Gift you want? Make sure it is Gods call, not just your own desires.
5.What do you already do well?
·What we do well already is probably an indication of some sort of gift from God. The Spirit may grant us additional Gift(s), but that is His decision, not ours.
6.What Gifts do others in the Body of Christ, the Church, see in you?
·The Holy Spirit does not work with us in isolation from the other members of the Body of Christ. The others are given insight into our giftedness, and we into theirs, as means of checks and balances. We help one another to be honest to God! So, make sure you ask others!
·After discovering your Gifts, evaluate your effectiveness with them, as a check and balance to make sure you are exercising the right one(s). But, do not give up, like with sports or music; exercising your Gifts takes time and practice!
7.Based on the above, what Gifts do I seem to have?
8.If you are having trouble with this exercise, reread the Descriptions and take the inventory attached. In this way you will start to get a clearer picture. Make sure you are in prayer! Then redo steps one and two. You may also try to practice with the Gifts that most interest you and see which ones seem to fit and which ones others confirm.
9.Am I willing to check this out with the Lord through heartfelt, surrendered prayer (Galatians )?
10.Am I willing to check this out with others who know me, e.g., my spouse, parents, children, pastors, elders, etc.?
11.How can I begin to use these Spiritual Gift(s)?
12.How can you start now to be discipled in these Gifts, to get to know them and use them to glorify our Lord?
13.How can you best use the Gifts God gave you in a team effort with others?
SPIRITUAL GIFT DEFINITIONS AND SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
The following honest, Biblical definitions of the Spiritual Gifts, as defined by the Bible, are presented in no particular order. These are not meant to be dogmatic or final. The definitions and supporting Scriptures do correspond to the characteristics of the Gifts as also expressed in most Evangelical and Reformed thinking. Some churches and Denominations only acknowledge the Gifts listed in Romans and 1 Corinthians.(Romans 12: Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy. 1 Corinthians 12: Words of Wisdom or knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Discernment of Spirits, Tongues, and the Interpretation of Tongues). Many Churches do not acknowledge Tongues, due to its misuse.
1.HELPS: The ability to invest the talents one has in the life and ministry of other members of the body, enabling them to increase the effectiveness of their own Spiritual Gifts (Mark -41; Acts ; Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians ).
2.LEADERSHIP: The ability to set goals in accordance with Gods purpose for the future, and to communicate those goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the glory of God (Acts 15:7-11; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 5:17 Hebrews; ).
3.HOSPITALITY: The ability to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging (Acts -15; Romans 12:9-13; Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9).
4.SERVICE: The ability to identify the unmet needs involved in a task related to Gods work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired results (Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7; Galatians 6:2; 2 Timothy 1:16-18; Titus 3:14).
5.ADMINISTRATION: The 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 (Luke 14:28-30; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:28).
6.DISCERNMENT: The ability to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or satanic. The purpose of this gift is to prevent confusion and false teaching from infiltrating the church (Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:1-11; Acts 16:16-18; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 John 4:1-6).
7.FAITH: The ability to discern with extraordinary confidence the Will and purpose of God, and to propel the body of Believers into actively claiming the promises of God (Acts 11:22-24; Romans 4: 18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11).
8.MUSIC: The ability to use ones voice in the singing of praises to the Lord for the benefit of others, or to play a musical instrument to praise the Lord and for the benefit of others. Remember, worship that is real and authentic is never a performance for us, or a showcase for talent! God is always the audience in worship--not the people in the church! We are the performers to give God our extol and praise (Deuteronomy 3 ; 1 Samuel 16:16; 1 Chronicles 16; 2 Chronicles 5: 12-13; 34:12; Psalm 150).
9.LANGUAGES/TONGUES: The ability to speak a divinely anointed message in a language one has never learned, but one that is known to the hearers. Its purpose is as an evangelistic tool for spreading the Gospel (Mark ; Acts 2:1-13; Acts -46; 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians, 13-14). (Make sure you follow the precepts of 1 Corinthians, 14!)
10.MIRACLES: The ability to serve as a human intermediary through whom it pleases God to perform powerful acts that are perceived by observers to have altered the ordinary course of nature (Acts -42; -20; 20:7-12; Romans -19; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28).
11.CRAFTSMANSHIP: The ability to use ones hands, thoughts, and mind to further the kingdom of God through artistic, creative means. People with this Gift may also serve to lead 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 Gods kingdom here on earth (Exodus 30:22-25; Exodus 31:3-11; 2 Chronicles 34:9-13; Acts 18:2-3).
12.HEALING: The ability to serve as a human intermediary through whom Gods healing power is applied to another persons physical or emotional need (Acts 3:1-10; 5:12-16; 9:32-35; 28:7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28).
13.GIVING: The ability to contribute material and resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness (Mark -44; Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:2-8).
14.MERCY: The ability to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals who suffer distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully-done deeds which reflect Christs love and alleviate the sufferings as well as motivate others to help (Matthew 9:35-36; Mark 9:41;1Thessalonians 5:14).
15.WISDOM: The ability to apply spiritual truth to a specific issue in a specifically relevant fashion, and to make proper choices in difficult situations, based on listening and sufficient information (Acts 6:3,10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; 12:8; James 1:5; 2 Peter 3:15).
16.KNOWLEDGE: The ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information which is pertinent to the growth and well-being of the body (Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; 2 Corinthians 11:6; Colossians 2:2-3).
17.EXORTATION: The ability to minister words of encouragement, consolation, comfort, and motivation from Gods Word to help others complete their tasks and be all that God want them to be (Acts 4:32-37; 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:24.25).
18.TEACHINIG: The ability to employ a logical, systematic approach to Biblical study with power and conviction, then to communicate that information in a clear, concise way that is relevant to the health and ministry of the Body and its members in such a way that others will learn (Acts 18:24-28;20:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14).
19.PASTOR/SHEPHERD: The ability to assume a long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of Believers with love, care, discipleship, and counseling, moving them to a deeper spiritual connection and maturity with Christ (John 10:1-18; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-3).
20.APOSTLESHIP: The ability to assume and exercise general leadership over a number of churches, with an extraordinary authority in spiritual matters, which is spontaneously recognized and appreciated by those churches--such as, a bishop. This is not the same as the original twelve Apostles, or Paul (Acts 15:1-2; 1Corinthians ; 2 Corinthians ; Galatians 2:7-10; Ephesians 3:1-9; -14).
21.MISSIONARY: The ability to minister with whatever other Spiritual Gifts one has in another land or culture (Acts 8:4; 13:2-3; ; Romans 10:15; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
22.PROPHECY: The ability to proclaim the Word of God with divine anointing, which brings conviction to the hearers so they recognize that it is truly the Word of God and they must do something about it. A prophet is also someone who keeps the church on Gods path and truth and makes sure we do not slip into false teaching. This is not the same as an OT prophet, which existed before the Word was completed; there is no new teaching or revelation. There are new ways to apply Gods truth but not new truth (Acts 2:37-40; Matthew 7:54; Acts 26:24-29; 1 Corinthians 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:5)!
This office/Gift, not fully defined in the New Testament, is often debated
(Acts 13:1; -11; 1 Corinthians 12:29; Ephesians 4:11). It generally refers to teaching the Word of our Lord, especially before the compilation of the cannon of Scripture in the fourth century. Some people refer to it as word of knowledge, a receiving of special wisdom and knowledge directly from the Holy Spirit. Scripture supports this, but these "words of wisdom" will never countermand Scripture! This gift may appear in the form of a hunch, insights from the Word, or even more directly, so that one will have more information about what God has given them to do in order to interact more effectively. Most churches that practice this word of knowledge do not use it discerningly, and they elevate their wisdom over Scripture! Hence, we can see why there are so many false teachings in America.
23.EVANGELISM: The ability to share and explain the Gospel message with unbelievers in such a way that men and women become Jesus disciples and responsible members of the body of Christ (Acts 8:5-6; 8:26-40; 14:21; 21:8; Ephesians 4:11-14; 2 Timothy 4:5).
24.PRAYER/INTERCESSION: The ability to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to prayer, to a degree much greater than that, which is experienced by most Christians. All Christians are to exercise this, but the gifted person will go beyond this and motivate and organize others to do so too (Luke 22:41f; Acts ; Colossians 1:9-12; Colossians 4:12-13; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 5:14-16).
Session Four:How to Exercise your Gifts in the Body
Read: John 15; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12
Remember this important fact; the Prime Directive for Spiritual Gifts is for service to God's family!
As you grow in the understanding and use of your Spiritual Gifts, you will realize that you are in a relationship of dependence upon Christ. He is Lord and He is empowering you. Your Gifts are not your efforts; rather, they are the work of the Spirit through you. We are the tools; He is the Workman using us. This is an awesome privilege--to be loved and used by the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe! We have to realize our dependence is necessary; if not, our efforts will quickly turn into pride. The real work will then cease, and the Church will fail. Remember, it is not about us, it is about Him. Christ needs to become more in you and you must become less. Then, the ministry will flourish (John ; 15:1-5)!
With the mindset of surrender to Christ (Galatians -21; Philippians 3:1-14) you will see the dynamic impact of the gifts synergistically working together in your church. You will see real authentic growth in faith and maturity--the growth that Christ wants from His Church. Your impact in the neighborhood and world will increase ever so much. But, remember, once you start to accredit His work as yours, you will have to repent! If not, the work will soon be lost! Awesome power requires great responsibility. Be responsible with His Power at your disposal!
Romans 12: 3-13: How we are to do it.
General Idea:Spiritual Gifts are much more than the talents and abilities we have. They are the means for the Body of Christ to function in health and in distinction. They separate us from the evil ways of the world; yet, if they are misused, they will inflict the very things they are meant to prevent. They are to empower us for the service of our King, and to cooperate and build relationships with other Believers for a synergetic reaction for good, for service, and for the building of the Kingdom.
Unfortunately, what we usually find in the church is strife, dysfunction, gossip, and slander, because our pride gets in the way of His call. Thus, the Gifts are neutralized or turned into weapons of dysfunction. Rather than reach out and disciple as we should, we fight amongst ourselves, or develop false doctrines. The Body cannot do things well or function correctly when we are puffed-up with ourselves. We cannot function by pretending, or out of hate. In order for us to be used effectively by Christ, we must be infused with love and joy as we do our part.
1.How we are to treat each other and ourselves
Although this is not a normal topic in today's Christianity, it is, however, a necessary one. We must have a correct self-image, not just one of "self esteem," or who we are to ourselves or to people around us, but who we are in our relationship with our Lord. What He has done for us must perambulate us! When we have a healthy grasp of our Redemption, then our self-esteem should be boiling over with Christ-esteem.
2.For the Christian, the most significant thing in the universe is who we are to Christ!
Thus, we should never feel insecure or have the "poor me" attitude when we have Christ in our lives. (Gal. 3 6: 3-5) We need to be over comers. This is a tough task, but we can do it with our Lord at the helm! The opposite is true, too. We are not to think we are little gods or rulers of our domain.
·We are never to go beyond our self-image at others expense, and especially the Lords. He is God. We are not!
·Being a depressed Christian is shameful (unless there are times of loss and brokenness or chemical imbalance in the brain and if this is so, one should seek godly help from qualified pastors and counselors.) To continue in a life style of depression (without seeking help) and poor self-image is unnecessary. Christ died to rid us of this kind of shame!
·Paul, people, Christians, and ministry all exist because of Christs work of Grace. Never forget who you are!
·We must never allow our leadership position, or who we are in Christ to "puff us up!"
·A condescending Christian is an "oxymoron" (with the emphases on being a moron!) Like jumbo shrimp, the two terms just do not go together!
3.Unity is the responsibility of the Believer to the church Body.
We have unity as well as diversity in the Body. This is necessary to our functioning together. We cannot all be the same. We are to see our differences as filling in each other's gaps and deficiencies (1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7-15).
·We are never to be pretentious with Spiritual Gifts or in ministry in general, but, we are to use them to encourage and build up, never to tear down. Authenticity is extremely important (1 Timothy ). God does not need us to wear masks and pretend.
·Kindness is the proof of authenticity.
·Be aware of leaders and people who are more concerned for their own needs and agendas than they are for Gods clear doctrine and purpose (Titus 2)!
4.We must practice the Christian faith with a since of urgency. There can be no hesitation to serve the Lord. Else, we will miss vital opportunities.
·Being humble is to share with one another rather than be so concerned with our agenda and our needs. To cooperate means to create an environment of trust and encouragement, so that people will want to join and belong as they see that there is no pride or arrogance (Proverbs 3:7; Philippians 1:2-8).
·When we are selfish, and stingy with our sharing, we create an atmosphere of distrust. Who would want to be a part of that?
·How we react to the non-Christian environment will distinguish us as either Christ-like or as hypocrites. Which characteristic do you think our God desires?
5.Now you are ready to start a Mentor Program!
This is very simple, have small groups meet for each of the Spiritual Gift categories. You may combine ones that are similar. Meet for a specific length of time such as four to six weeks. The purpose is to have a leader, experienced in that Gift, to mentor and explain the Gift to the participants.
·In this group you are to get to know each other.
·Read thorough the definitions and Scriptures of that Gift. You may visit other churches that are using the Gifts. Remember to be discerning!
·Put the Gift into practice; assign each person a job in the church that requires that Gift to practice it.
·Meet back to discuss and go over one anothers experiences; brainstorm how to be more effective.
·Get busy and do what God has called and gifted you to do! Look up and experience the wonders Christ has for you!
·After the period of the small group is over, assign each person a mentor to continue to touch base and guide that person, as iron sharpens iron. If no experienced leaders are available, remember He is working still. Just meet with what you have, and a pastor or elder can take the helm.
Discussion Questions: (These questions can also be used in the Mentor small groups)
1.How do you repay people who tease or joke at your expense?
2.How do you and your church practice hospitality?
3.What does the Body of Christ mean to you?
4.Why are Spiritual Gifts more than just talents and abilities?
5.How can Spiritual Gifts be misused to cause strife instead of unity?
6.What causes Spiritual Gifts to be misused?
7.What happens when Spiritual Gifts are being exercised effectively?
8.Why would we as Christians fight amongst ourselves instead of exercising unity as Christ calls us to do?
9.To serve Christ effectively we must be infused with __________? Why do some people find that so hard to do?
10.What is the correct self-image we should have as Christians?
11.What can you do to develop a healthy image of who you are in Christ?
12.Christ-esteem means what to you?
13.Who are you in Christ?
14.Why is this the most significant thing in the universe for the Christian?
15.Why would some Christians feel insecure, or have the "poor me" attitude when they have Christ in their lives? How does this affect their ability to minister? Remember we all are ministers together!
16.Read Galatians 6: 2-5. How can you test your own actions?
17.What do you need to get rid of so you can carry your own load? Thus, we should never_________?
18.Why would being a depressed Christian, who does not seek help, be shameful? How does this affect their ability to minister?
19.What causes a leader in Christ to puff himself up? How does this affect their ability to practice the Gifts?
20.Why is a condescending Christian an "oxymoron"?
21.Unity is a responsibility. So, what are the responsibilities? For us to function in unity, what do we need to see in each other? For us to function in unity, why is diversity so important?
22.What is the danger in pretending with Spiritual Gifts, to say you have one that you do not have?
23.Why is authenticity so extremely important in Christian leadership?
24.What is kindness to you?
25.How can kindness be used as the proof text to authenticity? Why is kindness essential to practice your Gift? What happens when we are not kind?
26.How do you viewprophecy? (Refer to the description)
27.Why isprophecy so often debated and misused in the church?
28.How can prophecy be used today in the church?
29.What comes to your mind when the subject of word of knowledge comes up?
30.How can word of knowledge be used today in the church?
31.How and why are some Christians more concerned with their own needs and agendas rather than with Gods clear doctrine and purpose?
32.What can the church do to guard herself against pride from her leaders?
33.What are the vital opportunities we miss when we do not practice the Christian faith with a since of urgency?
34.What do you need to do to put humbleness and sharing with one another above your own agenda and needs?
35.We are never to go beyond our self-image (will and pride) at anothers expense, and especially the Lords. So, how can you set up a check and balance system for yourself and/or your church to guard against it?
36.What do you need to do to be an over comer, to be one who is not bogged down in depression and a poor me attitude? This is a tough task, but we can do it with our Lord at the helm.
37.What do you still need to lean about Spiritual Gifts? How can you learn it?
When we are selfish and stingy with our sharing, it creates an atmosphere of distrust, and, who would want to be a part of that? The manner in which we react to the non-Christian environment will distinguish us as either Christ-like or as hypocrites. Which attitude do you think our God desires in our practice of His Gifts?
Session Five:How to Mobilize the People in your churchaccording to their Spiritual Gifts.
Read1 Corinthians 12:7; ; 29-31; 1 Peter 4:10
This section is primarily for the Church leadership and the Mentor Groups.
The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts is to enable us as a community of Believers to better serve one another and our community.They will bring blessings and growth potential for both the ones practicing and the ones receiving the Gifts. They are never for power, for political sake or control, never for manipulation or gossip. Never meant for pride or showmanship, they are to impact your church and community to glorify Christ as Lord!
Remember, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to empower and distribute the Gifts to the church Body, and upon each individual in Him. There will be an obvious order in the use of the Gifts, which will clearly point to the Lord. The Gifts will edify the church body. No one person, no matter who they are, will have all the Gifts, nor will all have a particular Gift. Spiritual Gifts are all gifts of Grace, for Gods purpose and determination, to distribute. He is sovereign, and knows best.
After the motivational pattern and abilities have been identified in the previous sections now as a leadership you can start to put it all together and organize your people into their roles for His service!
Why are youdoing church? What is your call? Why are you there? (For more information on this subject, get Preparingthe Pastor and Church Leadership to Grow! from Into Thy Word Ministries). How do I organize the people to fulfill the call that Christ gave? The best way is by determining abilities and resources and matching them to the needs of the church and community. Then, get to it! This is using Spiritual gifts, which is very Biblical for each Denomination and church that claims Jesus as Lord!
1.Make sure you have started a Mentor Program from section four!
2.Focus efforts according to Gifts. People work and function best doing what they are called to and gifted in doing. So, if someone has the Gifts of Helps, instruct and encourage them to be deacons or caregivers. The key is to identify their Gifts, instruct them to use them, and place them where they can be exercised.
3.Encourage those in leadership, the congregation, and yourself to spend at least sixty percent of the time spent in service, in the areas of your Gift(s)!
4.Develop a team approach to ministry. Have people with the same Gifts work together. Those with the Gifts of Helps could work together in care giving! This will complement, add mentorship, and fuel the ministry!
5.Group together those whose strengths and gifts complement each other. Do this for yourself, too. This will pair a person who has a lot of experience with someone who is just learning. Also, group people together who are strong in their faith with people who are not. This will also help develop mentoring and discipleship.
6.Develop job descriptions for each area of service--Prayer, Program Ministry gift needs, Worship, Care Giving, Teachers, etc.--so people will know what to expect and will have a guide they can work with later. Be flexible, as it will change and develop as the abilities, time, and needs of the people change and develop.
7.Delegate appropriate responsibilities. The description should name the position, the basic responsibilities or mission theme, the supervisors name, the Gifts and skills that are suggested, the time commitment, and the list of duties.
8.Develop ministry assistants. For every leader in the church you should have an assistant. A small group leader will have an associate leader, a Sunday School teacher will have an assistant, and the deacon will have an assistant, and so forth. As you grow, the assistant will be trained and can break off into the new leadership position or take over for the current one to take a break. Qualified people will be on standby who are already functioning and learning in that position. When they break off as growth comes, they will get an assistant, and so forth. This will solve many of the no-training and empty positions in the church.
9.Make sure every leader has aprayer partner(s), someone to pray for them on a daily basis and who will keep a confidence. (See our websites Prayer channel for more ideas.)
What has God called you to do? A Spiritual Gift Evaluation.
This Primer will help determine human resources and their Gifts, so that they can be allocated to the appropriate team. After your church members have identified theirSpiritual Gifts, use this guide to help your leadership team and then your congregation to see the role they would best fit in the church. Use this for yourself, pastors, leaders, and the congregation. Make sure that before you approach your congregation, you effectively teach them the Biblical precepts of Spiritual Gifts. (See our Online Bible Studies in Romans 12 for sermon and teaching ideas, and notes!)
1. List your top three Spiritual Gifts (usually there is one main Gift and one or more that are significant).
2. List the three or four ministry positions that you enjoy most, and feel most comfortable and effective in (such as discipling, leadership, teaching, evangelism, administration, etc.).
3. Decide which ministry team you would best fit and be the most effective in.
4. After participating in various ministries in the church, decide which one(s) appealed to you the most, and in which ones you could see yourself involved.
5. Decide which ministries of the church have seen successful because of your contribution.
6.Consider the ministries of the church where you have received approval and acceptance.
7. Now compare the first two lists. They should agree, or be similar. The last four instructions will help you clarify. If not, spend time in prayer, seek someone who knows you well, and ask him/her. Make sure your desires are not fueled by political lust or selfish wishes. The church cannot function effectively with people in positions who are there for selfish and prideful reasons. You have to be in service with a surrendered heart (Galatians )!
8. With your Spiritual Gifts and ministry enjoyments in mind, along with input from others, describe what you believe God has called you to do.
9. When can you be available for such a service?
10. What areas of training do you feel you need most?
11. What can the church leadership do to further equip you to be a better servant for the Lord?
12. What do you think the church leadership needs to be doing? Do not be critical, rather, helpful--with Christ-like character!
13. What do you think the biggest needs in the church are?
14. What do you think the biggest needs in the community are?
15. How long a commitment will you be able to make to serve in the church in your gifting category?
16. Are you willing to be instructed, then instruct and mentor someone else?
17. How can you bring yourself, and others in the church, deeper into the heart of God, to worship and glorify Him?
18. How much time has been spent in prayer during the above process?
The church leadership can take these completed forms, compile them in the ministry categories, institute leadership and training, and unleash the laity to do the work they are all called to do!
You can make a list of the number of people involved in each ministry team, how many people are needed, what training has been done and what training needs have yet to be accomplished.
Suggested Categories for Gift Mobilization
This list is by no means definitive, nor dogmatic; it is just a guide to point you in the right direction. The Gifts for the job may vary due to experience and education.
1.Teachingand Discipleship roles: The main gifts needed for Sunday School Teachers, Bible Study Leaders, and Small Group Leaders are teaching and/or knowledge.
a.Sunday School Superintendent: teaching, administration, leadership
b.Small Group Leaders: hospitality and/or pastor, teacher
c.Childrens Sunday School Teachers can have a wider range of Gifts, when they have a love for children, and patience.
2.Evangelism: the main Gifts needed are those of evangelist, missions, and exhortation. (The Gift of evangelist usually appears in combinations with other Gifts) Here are sub-teams that can go under the main team of Evangelism, that other Gifts can participate in also:
a.Visitation:mercy and administration
b.Shut ins: pastor, mercy/helps
c.Personal witnessing/ door to door: everyone should try this often, but the main gift is that of evangelist.
d.Outreach: mercy, service, hospitality, helps
e.Team leaders can have the gifts of leadership and/or administration
3.Elders: Leadership, pastor, exhortation, administration; and also wisdom and faith. If there is to be an elder from each ministry team, the representative should have these Gifts, too.
9.Committee leader: administration, leadership, and gifting in the area of the committee.
10.Treasurer / Finance: administration, wisdom, learned knowledge in finance.
11.Usher: hospitality and service.
12.Nursery Worker: service, mercy, helps.
13.Church Secretary: helps, administration.
For effective teamwork, these traits are necessary. They are not necessarily Spiritual Gifts, but they can be learned, and developed. Character and empowerment from the Fruit of the Spirit is essential. Also, honesty, the enjoyment of working with people, knowledge, and the skills necessary in the area of service--or the willingness to learn them--will be a key. Remember, people learn best when they can see a proper model, not just told how. In other words, how you live is as important, if not more important, than what you say!
Remember, this is merely a guide. People with other Gifts can serve in positions temporarily out of their Gift range, or perhaps to develop and strengthen a weaker Gift that may not register on a Gifts inventory. For example, almost any Gift can usher, but usually the person with the Gift of Hospitality will enjoy it and do it better. Anyone can research and prepare a sermon, but the person with the Gift of Teaching will enjoy it and be able to do it better.
Extra Ideas for Training your Leaders and Congregation
Training is not just another word for discipleship. Discipleship places the emphasis on our spiritual growth, learning the Word, and the disciplines and doctrines of the faith, which are paramount for all Christians. Training is the growth and learning in the area of a task that needs to be accomplished in the church to further the Kingdom of God, such as a program, service, or need.
Training is a formal method of teaching someone what they need to know in the best and most pleasant, encouraging, and fun way possible. There are three areas for this, formal class, mentoring, and coaching. Where teaching is a formal group endeavor, and mentoring tends to be a more of an informal one-on-one, coaching bridges the gaps, because you can have specific people assigned who are experienced, and are willing to know and grow and show others. The steps for coaching involve presenting, telling, doing, and encouraging. While much can be learned in training groups and seminars, there is no better way to develop skill and interest than the one- on-one sharing of the skills and abilities than by an experienced person to a less experienced person. Therefore, all three avenues of learning are needed and beneficial. Experience has proven that it is best to have general training, one-on-one mentoring by pairing experienced people with new or less experienced people, and coaches to inspire, lead, and encourage the way, so everyone is doing his best to procure the best ministry possible.
Consider having the experienced people in your church be coaches to the inexperienced, mentoring them. Perhaps you can develop a complete program for this endeavor!
Your primary task is to involve and equip people to serve our Lord!
1.First, meet privately with the interested person, get to know him, and have him observe a working class or team. Interest can be found from personal recruitment, or evaluation from a Gift Inventory, such as seen above.
2.Make sure he fills out the Spiritual Gifts Inventory and Evaluation.
3.Have a training class. Give people an overview of the churchs mission and plan-- what God has called you to do.
c.Introduce the team in place.
d.Go over mission and goals.
e.Orient them with the position; Listen to testimonies from others in that position.
f.Go over the duties and expectations.
g.Give clear examples on how to accomplish tasks.
h.Have plenty of Q & A.
i.Role-play possible scenarios.
j.Use videos, tapes, and denominational resources.
k.Go over the job description.
l.Provide resources; offer a book or two to read.
m.Have a class field trip to another similar program.
4.Personal follow-up: You and someone on the team interview them for Q & A, what is expected, etc. Have them observe the class/team again, and get feedback from them. Keep in mind a team approach, encouragement, and support. This is Christ working in you and them!
Coaching and Training Ideas
Preparing for the training
·Analyze the skills and gifts that are needed by listing what is and what could be involved. Talk with several people who do the ministry well, ask other churches, get as much info as you can, then boil it down as simply as possible.
·Think it through, and determine the necessary steps you want the trainee to learn and do, and the priority of each. What strategies and plans are you going to develop to make the coaching meaningful?
·Demonstrate the process. Show how to lead a small group or how to be a good usher; this cannot just be learned from a lecture. Give the overview and steps, then role-play, put them to work, and come back for Q&A.
·Keep in mind that most people respond best to practical hands-on training, so make sure you are also providing learning-by-doing, making the process as interactive and hands-on as possible.
·What set of observations could you provide where the trainee can observe the skills in action to give them ideas?
·Good training and coaching involves good listening. Coaching differs from teaching in that you walk through the process with the trainee.
·Set up a library to provide reading and video resources.
·Have a good discussion with the trainee to determine his willingness and readiness for serving. Give plenty of latitude and patience for volunteers.
·Inexperienced people will need patience as they are personally led in what to do. More experienced people can learn faster by discussion, then, turned loose.
·Make sure the trainee knows he is cared for and loved! This means you need to have good eye contact and listen to the other person. Give the other person your undivided attention. Show that you care!
·Do not forget questions in your discussion and interactions. Good questions should be brief, clear, focused, relevant, constructive, open-ended, and conveyed conversationally. Start your discussion with the usual factual questions. Then move to the descriptive and explanatory questions, but do not forget to ask hypothetical questions such as, What if we did this instead?What if we added this or took away that? What then? Then move to alternative questions where the learner has to make decisions. This keeps the person thinking. Finish your questions by summarizing and clarifying them.
·Be aware that previous bad experiences by the trainee will case doubt and mistrust; so, make sure you allow them the time to process.
·Do not put too much pressure on the trainee!
·Assist them in choosing effective methods and Biblical curriculum.
·The training and coaching process should be like mentoring, and be a relational process.
·A good coach should realize when to hold people back and when to push them out of the nest to make them fly.
·Good management of people requires listening, patience, tact, and feedback. All relations with the trainee must be made sensitively, in love and encouragement! Remember, this is a process, and, as with anything, expect a learning curve with the people and the programs in general. It has to be practiced a number of times, thought through and talked through a number of times, and given a lot of prayer before you see the goals you desire.
·Some people learn better with linear curriculum where the steps are carefully listed. Others would rather see the big picture first and then they can easily fill in the details. It is best to have both an overview of the big picture, as well as a list of the steps, one by one.
·Encourage the trainee to ask you questions, and make sure that you listen carefully to him.
·A coach will need to come along aside the trainee or volunteer if and when they get dumped on or yelled at by an angry person. They are to be protected, and the situation needs to be resolved with love, encouragement, and affirmation.
·Be aware that when you mentor and disciple others, you will have an enormous influence on their lives! Thus, to the best of your ability, watch what you say and do, remember the character of Christ, and do your best to model Him.
·Make sure that your trainee and others sense that the goal and purpose is worthwhile and important. If not, effective ministry will not happen!
·Make sure they realize that they are part of the process of bringing the church deeper into the heart of God to worship and glorify Him!
·When the trainee gets more experience and is more comfortable, encourage him to do the task apart from your direct supervision. Never turn people loose without supervision, especially children and youth! At the same, time make sure they know that the door is open and they are welcome to ask questions. Take the initiative to follow-up, and visit the trainee in action, because many people forget or just will not ask for help.
·Make sure the trainee and volunteer can relate well to the age level they serve and lead.
·Follow up with the trainee and everyone else occasionally, asking them for feedback about their role and the program. Some questions might be, What do you like about your assignment and the goals? What do you not like? What concerns do you have? How can we improve? Where appropriate, ask others for similar feedback.
·Make sure you reward and celebrate individual progress as well as team progress and success. People need external support and recognition not only from the pastor, but also from people outside of their team or program. Recognition and rewards motivate people to do more and give more, but most importantly, it shows that they are cared about!
·Have a system to recruit and train leaders, coaches, and mentors. Usually, these will be volunteers who have served for several years in the ministry for which you are recruiting. Make sure these are open to and capable of learning the ministry goal distinctions and supporting the purpose of the church, as well as being committed, mature Christians, (maturity has nothing to do with age!) able to lead and manage that ministry under the goals of the church.
Copyright 1983, 1988, 1998, 2001, 2002 Richard J. Krejcir, Into Thy Word Ministries,129 South Lotus AvenuePasadena, California91107USA
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Richard Joseph Krejcir is the Director of Into Thy Word Ministries, a discipling ministry. He is the author of the book, IntoThyWord, and is also a pastor, teacher, and speaker. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in PasadenaCalifornia. He has amounted over twenty years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.
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PRAYER So the word gets out that learning how to study the Bible is important. In Matthew 9:37, 38 Jesus said, "The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few." We need dedicated missionaries to teach Biblical exegetical methods to pastors in Russia. We also have many other places of opportunity.
GIVE - We are a missionary endeavor, carrying out Christ's Great Commission. This requires money. With few exceptions, most of us could give more for the Lord's work. We need to raise support for our expenses in teaching people how to study the Bible.
HELP We are always looking for people to translate our Pastor Training Packs into different languages. We are also looking for people to distribute them!
READ - our new book, Into Thy Word, so you will gain more practical insights and encouragement for your study and devotions. This book is a product of over twenty years of ongoing research and study! Even seasoned Pastors find this work insightful.
PROMOTE by spreading the word about the Into Thy Word ministry, and how people can get more out of their Bible! If you have a website, please consider adding our site to your links page.
BUY You may purchase any resources, from books to cars, on our Website through our association with Amazon.com. We then receive a commission that goes to our missionary efforts of training overseas pastors in solid Biblical precepts and leadership principles.
It is our purpose and call to provide Christians with the most effective tools and means to better understand and apply Gods Word into their lives. Please see About on our website for more information, statement of faith, and how you can better understand His Word.