We at King’s Grant Baptist Church are developing an equipping culture, which means that each member of the body of Christ will best function and serve based upon the strengths they discover by knowing how God has gifted them spiritually.
It is not a big, dark secret. It’s all about discovering how God has wired us so that we will serve, work, and minister in our strengths.
This “Get Started” link takes you directly to the King’s Grant Baptist Church profile, and the results will be compiled as a group. Your staff will discover along with you the strengths you possess. Our hope is that you will find a place of service and ministry where you will exercise your giftedness with a certain ease and effectiveness.
Please REGISTER at the end of the inventory, giving at the very least your e-mail address and name. You will get promotional e-mails from the “Church Growth” company but PLEASE feel free to UNSUBSCRIBE from their list. Doing so will not delete your inventory from the KGBC database.
Four Areas in Need of Balance: (from the Team Philosophy of Ministry)
Leadership: Every follower of Jesus needs to know three things to have a successful ministry. Once knowing these things, leaders can develop a strategy to make a significant impact on the culture and community around them.
- Who am I? – my calling, spiritual gifts, personality, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Who is in my circle of influence? – knowing their spiritual gifts, strengths, weaknesses, desires, fears, and burdens.
- What is the uniqueness of my surrounding community? – knowing the cultural values, traits, problems, population, and religious affiliations.
Community: here is where we desire for newcomers to the church to feel welcome and connect to the church. If someone does not get involved in a small group within two weeks, statistics tells us that they will likely become a church dropout. We must understand that there is a three-way relationship involved.
- The newcomers and the individual members.
- The newcomers with the congregation.
- The newcomers with Jesus Christ.
After these relationships are established, there are five areas of needed development that help keep people connected.
- Basic Doctrine – receive instruction to be grounded in the faith.
- Christian Family – know and carry out what each member needs to do within the congregation.
- Biblical Stewardship – know how to effectively manage our God-given resources.
- Active Involvement in the Church – church is a team sport and no on is designed to sit on the sidelines. We are to use the gift God has given to us to carry out his mission in the world.
- Evangelism – there is a place for evangelism in every believer because we are called to be his witnesses (Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15). That is why a discipleship process in the church is so important.
Member Involvement: our giftedness is not just about finding our place of service in the body of Christ. Here are eight reasons we must understand how spiritual gifts relate to your life as a Christian. [ read more ]
- Knowing your gift will help you understand the will of God in your life.
- Knowing your gift will help you understand how the Holy Spirit works through you.
- Knowing your gift will give you a better understand of what God has NOT called you to.
- Knowing your gift will be release you from serving out of guilt or duty.
- Knowing your gift will fill a deep inner need or void in your life.
- Knowing your gift will build unity in the body of Christ.
- Knowing your gift equips you to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.
- Knowing your gift will add to you self-acceptance.
Evangelism: we are not only to seek and save the lost, but also nurture believers toward maturity. Evangelism best takes place in the context of existing relationships.
Discovering Your Spiritual Gift:
- When we are a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must get involved with other people and embrace God’s mission for the world and design in my life. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:12-16)
- Generally, a person’s gift lies in the area in which his interests lie and where he can most easily exercise faith with a certain ease and effectiveness.
The “Be-attitudes” in Discovering Your Spiritual Gift:
- Be informed: research the gifts and know the parameters of each.
- Be open: do not zero in on one gift in exclusion of all others; Paul encourages to desire the greater gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).
- Be available: be willing to try things even if you feel you can’t do it; exercise builds strength.
- Be sensitive: evaluate the effect of your gift upon others; we are all wired uniquely.
- Be sensible: do not force yourself to fit into a particular gift, or avoid others.
There are three primary passages from which we get lists and categories of spiritual gifts.
Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:3-8) – this gift helps explain your motivation for doing certain things, and why you do some things with a certain ease and effectiveness while other things are sometimes difficult.
- Prophecy – the ability to reveal the motives of a man’s heart and see conformity to God’s standards. See also 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40.
- Service – the ability to discern and meet needs in a practical way (including hospitality). See also Genesis 18:1-15, Galatians 6:1-2.
- Teaching – the ability to clarify the truth of Scripture through research and instruction. See also Hebrews 5:12-14.
- Exhortation – the ability to admonish and encourage people to pursue a certain course of conduct by helping them to visualize God’s best. See also Acts 11:23-24, Acts 14:21-22.
- Giving – the ability to share of one’s self and/or material resources to meet specific needs. See also 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Acts 6:2-4.
- Leadership – the ability to help and inspire others to fulfill delegated responsibilities (including administration). See also Hebrews 13:7, Judges 3.10, Exodus 18.13-16, Acts 12:12-21.
- Mercy – the ability to empathize with the weaknesses of others and help them to experience God’s grace in times of need. See also Luke 10:30-37.
Ministry Gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12) – this gift helps explain the areas in which you will exercise your motivational gift.
- Apostles – beginning new work in new fields, going out to meet practical needs (possibly missions). See also Acts 12:1-5, Acts 14:21-23, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
- Prophets – calling people to godly living and development of a life-style of holiness (possibly the family). See also 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40.
- Evangelists – reaching unbelievers for Christ, taking the message to where they are (possibly evangelism). See also Acts 8:26-40, 21:8, 2 Timothy 4:5.
- Pastors – the guardian of the flock, called to care for, nourish, challenge and protect (possibly church staff work). See also 1 Peter 5.1-11.
- Teachers – the guardian of the truth, called to the task of building the body in the knowledge of the truth, to define, describe and declare existing truth (possibly education). See also Hebrews 5:12-14.
Manifestation Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) – this gift is given to a specific person, at a specific time, for a specific work in ministry where an extra measure of God’s grace is needed to meet a specific need. (also see the footnote).
- Word of Wisdom – revealing specific insight from God’s perspective. See also James 3:13-17
- Word of Knowledge – knowing or understanding something without having learned it. See also Ephesians 3:14-19.
- Faith – knowing God’s will for a specific matter. See also Matthew 8:10, 9:2, Mark 9:24, Colossians 1:23, Hebrews 11:1, 6.
- Healing – the spiritual, emotional and/or physical restoration of a person. See also James 5:13-16, Luke 9:1-2.
- Miracles – intervention on a natural or supernatural level which reveals God in action. See also John 1:50, 14:12.
- Prophecy – receiving new revelation of God’s intended plans, and instruction accordingly. See also 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40.
- Discerning of Spirits – an inward awareness of one’s spirit, and the nature of another person’s spirit. See also Acts 5:3-6, Acts 16:16-18, 1 John 4:1.
- Tongues – the ability to speak in a language not your own. Pentecost was actually a reversal of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).
- Tongues was related to the Jews (Acts 2:5, 10).
- Here, men understood the Galileans in their own language (Acts 2:8, 11).
- Paul speaks of tongues as a sign (1 Corinthians 14:20-22, also Isa 28:11).
- This reference concerns the judgment of Israel. The “Strange tongues” refers to the Assyrian language they would learn, since the people would not listen to the Hebrew of her prophets.
- Tongues was a sign to the unbelieving Jew that the privilege of being God’s light-bearers had passed to the Gentiles.
- Paul then moves from Pentecost to Present Day (1 Corinthians 14:23-25).
- “Unintelligible tongues” don’t add credibility to the church. Prophecy, on the other hand, will cause what four things to happen (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)?
- Tongues was related to the Jews (Acts 2:5, 10).
- Interpretation of Tongues – the ability to hear God’s message and interpret languages unknown to the interpreter (see 1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
- Speaking in public must not exceed three, and those must speak in order.
- If there is no interpreter present, the speaker of tongues must yield and the gift must remain silent.
Other Areas of Giftedness:
- Intercession – It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to pray for extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. See 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
- Craftsmanship – It is the special gift whereby the Spirit endows certain Christians to use hands and minds to build up the Kingdom through artistic, creative means. See Exodus 28:3-4, Mark 2:3-6, Hebrews 11:7.
- Music – It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to praise God through various forms of music and enhance the worship experience of the local congregation. See Genesis 4:21, Exodus 15:1-3, 1 Samuel 16:14-21, 2 Samuel 23:1, 1 Chronicles 15:16, 23:5, Matthew 16:30, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19, James 5:13.
Regarding tongues and the interpretation of tongues as spiritual gifts, these gifts were used to help establish the early church and ceased to exist after the apostles died. This theory is called cessationism.