As you interpret the results of your Spiritual Gifts Assessment, Dr. Haugk of Stephen Ministries, Inc. has provided some general principles to keep in mind:
- Although the scoring range for each gift is from 0 to 40, your highest scores inrelationship to all your scores are most important, not how high your scores are in general.
- Scoring low in a gift does not mean that you are totally lacking in that area. Rather, it means that you are not spiritually gifted in that area, which is different. To score low in the spiritual gift of evangelism, for example, does not mean that you are unable to witness to your faith. All Christians can evangelize. Instead it means you probably do not thrive on evangelism activities, and you may not actively seek opportunities to get involved in evangelism.
- Scoring low in a gift area does not absolve you of responsibility to act when called upon to function in that Even if you score low in evangelism, for example, you are still responsible for witnessing to your faith when the opportunity presents itself.
These principles will inform and illuminate your further exploration of the results of this assessment. There are also a set of companion Spiritual Gift Descriptions for you to use as your explore what God has blessed upon you to share and serve others.
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God has called each Christian to minister. For that purpose, God has endowed you with gifts-your deepest passions and capabilities-to meet the needs of others. Your ministry is where your gifts meet the world’s needs.
Your spiritual gifts are not really gifts in the typical sense. They are actually endowments that have been lent to you by the Holy Spirit for building up the body of Christ. This is an extremely healthy way, a very Christian way, for you to view the gifts you have-not as property somehow deeded over for you to keep, but as loaned treasures entrusted to you by God’s grace to serve others.
Celebrate your gifts, but remember the owner-the Holy Spirit-and be prepared to give an accounting of your use of them. [/section] [section title=”Your Gifts Cluster”]
Look at your Summary Section of your confirmation email, and note the gifts for which you scored the highest. There may be three to five of these, sometimes less, rarely more. These gifts comprise your Gifts Cluster-areas where the Holy Spirit has endowed you with special capabilities that you are passionate about using.
Highlight the gifts for which you scored the highest up to the point where there seems to be a natural break after the gift at the low end of the cluster. For example, suppose your highest score is 35 for mercy. Then you scored 31 on helping and encouragement and 30 for proclamation. Your next score is 25 on visionary and managing leadership-you would list mercy, helping, encouragement, and proclamation and then stop.
As you look over your Gifts Cluster, consider the commonalities that these gifts share. Gifts can fit together in different ways for various ministry activities. It can be enlightening to see how certain gifts work together to enable you to accomplish particular activities in your Christian life and ministry.
Also look at possible gifts that, at first, may not seem to fit with the rest of the gifts in your cluster. How could they fit with the others? Think how you might use these gifts, either in particular areas of service or to supplement or augment your other gifts.
To gain more insight into your possible gifts, review the specific statements that pertain to each gift. You can do this expanding the How Statements Map to Gifts box below. Find the Gift and then use the Email you received to see how you scored yourself on each of the ten items describing that Spiritual Gift. Making such a review can give you even greater insight into your past and present feelings and behaviors, as well as your potential. Look at each of the 10 items that signify a particular gift. Study them, consider how they apply to you, and see how they fit.
As you analyze each item for a particular gift, you will see that some gifts have several aspects or behaviors. You may have scored higher on some aspects of a gift and lower on others, which is to be expected.
The 10 items that relate to each gift are only a sampling of what could be said about each one. Every statement in this inventory has been carefully crafted to reflect accurately and reliably the biblical gift to which it applies.[/section]
[section title=”What About Other Gifts?”]
In addition to the gifts in your Gifts Cluster, there are other gifts that bear examination.
These are gifts for which you scored lower than those in your Gifts Cluster, but higher than those gifts in which you might have scored very low. Looking at these other gifts can give you further information about yourself, your life, and your ministry.
The gifts scores in this secondary level may not be spiritual gifts for you, but they probably are areas in which you have some facility. Whereas the gifts in your Gifts Cluster ignite your passions, secondary gifts may engage your interests. At some point they may be worth exploring. They may represent tryout opportunities for you, qualities that the Holy Spirit is quietly encouraging you to examine.
Even if these are not your strongest gifts, you can still find meaning, fulfillment, and enjoyment in these areas. Calling upon these abilities at certain times probably won’t seem burdensome. In fact, if the community of the church has needs in these areas and no one with clearly identifiable gifts steps forward, you may be able to address these needs with moderate gratification and competence.
There are also gifts in which you scored very low. When you are asked to do activities involving these gifts, you might think, “Well, I can do that, but I am not very excited about doing it.” That’s all right. Remember, though, chat at times everyone has co function in areas chat are not very exciting to them. Sometimes there are jobs to be done in one’s Christian life and ministry that just need to be completed as well as possible. Even though these activities may not be interesting or inviting to you, you can still have a certain amount of satisfaction about doing them, regardless of your abilities. Simply enjoy the moment of serving.[/section] [section title=”Some Scores Cause Regret or Disappointment”]
You have a rational self and an emotional self. welcome to the human race! Your rational self “knows” that no one has all the gifts, but your emotional self may regret the low scores you discovered in some areas. You may feel convicted by these scores and think, I’m supposed to be a Christian. I should have higher scores in (whatever gift you wish you had). ”
None of us can be specially gifted in every area. The Holy Spirit protects us from spiritual greed. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:29, “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?” Knowing our human tendency to want to have it all, God has designed the church so that the only way Christians can be complete is by being together as the body of Christ.[/section] [section title=”Working with Your Spiritual Gifts”]
Working with your spiritual gifts involves a three-step process: discovery, development, and deployment.
Step 1: Discovery
The first step for you is to discover your gifts. The Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment is one way to do that. This is only one way, and assessment results need to be considered as hypotheses or possibilities that you examine by other means.
As part of the gifts discovery process, you might have the opportunity to discuss your scores with someone else who took the This can be a beneficial exercise. Realize, however, that comparing your score for a gift with someone else’s score for that gift is meaning less. For example, suppose you scored 32 for wisdom and someone else scored 38 for wisdom. Does that mean chat the other person is more gifted in wisdom than you are? No. It may simply mean that you are more critical of yourself than that person is of himself or herself Again, the issue is not how high you score on each gift, but what your own highest scores are.
As you talk with others about spiritual gifts, remember that each person is unique. Celebrate your differences and similarities, recognizing that all are necessary in the body of Christ.
The second step, developing your spiritual gifts, is in some ways a matter of letting go and letting God-relinquishing your will to the Holy Spirit’s will. God isn’t finished with anyone yet.
Developing your spiritual gifts involves learning, growth, education, and change. You can do much to develop the gifts that you discover. This is what equipping (Ephesians 4:11-12) is all about. Take a moment to identify the gifts in your Gifts Cluster in which you have already received training and education. What further training, education, or growth might you pursue in chose areas? Look also at those gifts in your Gifts Cluster in which you might not have had much, if any, education and training. Where and how might you develop further knowledge and skills in these areas?
Realize that trying to develop a spiritual gift you don’t have through sheer force is counterproductive, not to mention impossible. As Paul wrote about the spiritual gifts, “All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses” (1 Corinthians 12:11). You don’t decide what gift you’re going to have-the Spirit does. You can, however, decide how much to develop your gifts.
Step 3: Deployment
Once you have discovered and developed your spiritual gifts, the third step is to deploy or use them. Where can you connect your deepest passions and capacities with the real, felt needs of others?
Spiritual gifts are for building up the body of Christ and ministering to the needs of the world. Think about your gifts in relation to the needs of your congregation and the people it touches. What needs to be done, either organizational ly for the congregation or for individuals? Are any of these tasks well suited to your gifts? Also consider the many needs that exist in your neighborhood and community.What are some specific ways that God might be calling you to use your spiritual gifts to reach out beyond your congregation?
God has loaned spiritual gifts to us so chat we may use them in ministry.When you use your gifts in ways that truly benefit others and that give you a sense of deep, personal fulfillment, you will have found the ministry God created and called you to do. [/section]
[section title=”How Statements Map to Gifts”]
|Leadership||Statement Numbers: 6, 16, 27, 43, 65|
|Administration||Statement Numbers: 1, 17, 31, 47, 59|
|Teaching||Statement Numbers: 2, 18, 33, 61, 73|
|Knowledge||Statement Numbers: 9, 24, 39, 68, 79|
|Wisdom||Statement Numbers: 3, 19, 48, 62, 74|
|Prophecy||Statement Numbers: 10, 25, 40, 54, 69|
|Discernment||Statement Numbers: 11, 26, 41, 55, 70|
|Exhortation||Statement Numbers: 20, 34, 49, 63, 75|
|Shepherding||Statement Numbers: 4, 21, 35, 50, 76|
|Faith||Statement Numbers: 12, 28, 42, 56, 80|
|Evangelism||Statement Numbers: 5, 36, 51, 64, 77|
|Apostleship||Statement Numbers: 13, 29, 44, 57, 71|
|Service/Helps||Statement Numbers: 14, 30, 46, 58, 72|
|Mercy||Statement Numbers: 7, 22, 37, 52, 66|
|Giving||Statement Numbers: 8, 23, 38, 53, 67|
|Hospitality||Statement Numbers: 15, 32, 45, 60, 78|
|Proclamation (Prophecy)||Statement Numbers: 1, 21, 41, 61, 81, 101, 121, 141, 161, 181|
|Servanthood||Statement Numbers: 2, 22, 42, 62, 82, 102, 122, 142, 162, 182|
|Teaching the Faith||Statement Numbers: 3, 23,43, 63, 83, 103, 123,143, 163, 183|
|Encouragement||Statement Numbers: 4, 24, 44, 64, 84, 104, 124, 144, 164, 184|
|Generosity||Statement Numbers: 5, 25, 45, 65, 85, 105, 125, 145, 165, 185|
|Nurturing Leadership||Statement Numbers: 6, 26, 46, 66, 86, 106, 126, 146, 166, 186|
|Mercy||Statement Numbers: 7, 27, 47, 67, 87, 107, 127, 147, 167, 187|
|Wisdom||Statement Numbers: 8, 28, 48, 68, 88, 108, 128, 148, 168, 188|
|Knowing||Statement Numbers: 9, 29, 49, 69, 89, 109, 129, 149, 169, 189|
|Faith||Statement Numbers: 10, 30, 50, 70, 90, 110, 130, 150, 170, 190|
|Healing||Statement Numbers: 11, 31, 51, 71, 91, 111, 131, 151, 171, 191|
|Miracles||Statement Numbers: 12, 32, 52, 72, 92, 112, 132, 152, 172, 192|
|Discernment||Statement Numbers: 13, 33, 53, 73, 93, 113, 133, 153, 173, 193|
|Tongues||Statement Numbers: 14, 34, 54, 74, 94, 114, 134, 154, 174, 194|
|Interpretation of Tongues||Statement Numbers: 15, 35, 55, 75, 95, 115, 135, 155, 175, 195|
|Apostleship||Statement Numbers: 16, 36, 56, 76, 96, 116, 136, 156, 176, 196|
|Helping||Statement Numbers: 17, 37, 57, 77, 97, 117, 137, 157, 177, 197|
|Visionary & Managing Leadership||Statement Numbers: 18, 38, 58, 78, 98, 118, 138, 158, 178, 198|
|Evangelism||Statement Numbers: 19, 39, 59, 79, 99, 119, 139, 159, 179, 199|
|Shepherding||Statement Numbers: 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200|