Discerning Spiritual Gifts

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This activity is designed to help you determine what your spiritual gifts might be and gives you ideas of how to better use them. It also helps the faith community you are in get to know you better. Stewardship is not all about money, but how we use everything God has given us to care for other people and creation. We belong to God and using the gifts God has already given us celebrates the life we live in God and gives us great joy. 

*(If you have not yet received a paper hand out of the Spiritual Gifts Inventory and are not able to fill one out on-line, please get a copy for yourself at the chapel. There are extras!)

1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-7: 1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

The Spiritual Gifts Inventory is 60 questions long. You can also fill out a similar Spiritual Gifts Inventory (On-line Spiritual Gift Inventory) on-line if you are unable to pick one up in the Chapel. With each question you can circle a number 0-4. Here might be a good guide for what to circle:

0 – Not me at all!
1 – Sometimes, but rarely
2 – I’m being indecisive and don’t really know
3 – Yeah, pretty often
4 – That is totally me!

After you are finished answering the questions, use the SCORING GRID to help identify where your areas of interest might lie. You could be surprised! Total up the numbers for each question indicated and get a score for each category.

For example: Under ‘Hospitality’ there is “Questions 8, 28, 48.” Go to your Spiritual Gifts Inventory and see what number you circled for questions 8, 28, and 48. Let’s say you circled a 3, 2, and 4, giving you a total of 9 for Hospitality.

After you total your numbers for each one, mark the top 5 categories that have the highest number totals. The rest of the SCORING GRID sheet will help guide you in thinking about and using your spiritual gifts in your everyday lives.

Have fun with this!