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.
Motivational Gifts – Primarily Romans 12. These gifts get at the heart of who we are in Christ, recognizes our raw material and why we do certain functions with ease and effectiveness, and at others we struggle.
Prophecy—the gift of prophecy is the divine strength or ability to boldly speak and bring clarity to biblical and doctrinal truth. (Romans 12:6, Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Service—the gift of serving is the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ. (Romans 12:6, Acts 6:1-7, Galatians 6:10, 1 Timothy 1:16-18, Titus 3:14).
Teaching—the gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Bible, primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. (Romans 12:7, Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-14)
Exhortation—the gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to encourage others through the written or spoken word and biblical truth, whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to stand beside fellow Christians in need and bring comfort, counsel and encouragement. (Romans 12:8, Acts 11:23-24, Acts 14:21-22, 1 Timothy 4:13, Hebrews 10:24-25).
Giving—the gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to produce wealth and to give resources for the advancement of the kingdom on earth, whereby the Spirit enables one to offer their material blessings for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness, and liberality. (Romans 12:8, Mark 12:41-44, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 9:2-7).
Leadership—the gift of leadership (or administration) is the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level, while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea. directing and inspiring God’s people in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to do the Church’s work effectively. (Luke 14:28-30, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17, Hebrews 13:7, 17).
Mercy—the gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy for others and care for those who are hurting or suffering so that they devote large amounts of time and energy to alleviate it. (Romans 12:8, Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 9:41, Luke 10:30-37, 1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Ministry Gifts – Primarily found in Ephesians 4. Any motivational gift can be expressed in a particular ministry.
Apostle—the gift of apostle is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new work for the kingdom, beginning new churches, classes, or ministries. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 15:22-35, 12:1-5, Acts 14:21-23, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 2:7).
Prophet—the gift of prophet is the divine strength or ability to interpret and apply God’s truth in a given situation. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29, 1 Corinthians 14.1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40).
Evangelist—the gift of evangelism is the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps toward becoming a born again disciple of the Lord Jesus. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 8.5-6, 26-40, 14:21, 21:8).
Pastor—the gift of pastor (or shepherd) is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal and spiritual needs of others by nurturing and leading them, whereby assuming responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. (Ephesians 4:11, John 10:1-18, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5.1-11).
Teacher—the gift or teacher is the divine strength or ability to communicate the truths of God’s Word so that others can learn. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21, Hebrews 5:12-14, Matthew 10:25).
Manifestation Gifts – These gifts are the signs and wonders type gifts primarily found in 1 Corinthians 12. They are given in order for the Christian to perform a certain ministry and is given by the Spirit as He sees that this gift is necessary to fulfill a particular ministry; each believer is given a gift for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). There is debate on whether these gifts continued or ceased after the apostolic age.
Wisdom—the gift of wisdom is the divine strength or ability to apply the truths of Scripture in a practical way, producing the fruitful outcome and character of Jesus, understanding God’s will and work as it relates to the living of life. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Acts 6:3, 10, James 3:13-17).
Knowledge—the gift of knowledge is the divine strength or ability to bring clarity and to understand situations and circumstances, often accompanied by a word from God, whereby Christians understand in an exceptional way the great truths of God’s Word and to make them relevant in specific situations in the church. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Acts 5:1-11, Colossians 2:2-3, Ephesians 3:14-19).
Faith—the gift of faith is the divine strength or ability to believe God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life, whereby the Spirit provides Christians with extraordinary confidence in God’s promises, power, and presence so that they can take heroic stands for the future of God’s work in the church. (1 Corinthians 12:9, Acts 11:22-24, Romans 4:18-21, Hebrews 11).
Healing—the gift of healing is the divine strength or ability to act as a intermediary in faith, prayer, and by the laying on of hands for the healing of physical and mental illness, whereby the Spirit employs certain Christians to restore health to the sick. (1 Corinthians 12:9, 28, James 5:13-16, Luke 9:1-2, Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-35, 28:7-10).
Miracles—the gift of miracles is the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction. (1 Corinthians 12:10, 28, Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12, Romans 15:18-19).
Discernment—the gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to identify falsehood and to distinguish between right and wrong motives and situations, to know with assurance whether some behavior is of God or of Satan. (1 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:1-11, 16:16-18, 1 John 4:1-6).
Tongues (and Interpretation) – the gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage your spirit and to commune with God. This gift must be accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately. (1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-14, Acts 2:1-13)
Miscellaneous Gifts — These gifts are found throughout the Bible whereby God gifts individuals for a particular task, also embracing the Christian’s personality and calling.
Intercession—the gift of intercession is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace believing for profound results, praying for extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. (1 Thessalonians 3:10-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12-13, James 5:14-16).
Missionary—the gift of missionary is the divine strength or ability to reach others outside of one’s own culture and nationality, whereby certain members of the body of Christ exercise whatever other spiritual gifts they have in a cross-cultural setting or second community. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
Craftsmanship—the gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in constructive environments to build up the Kingdom through artistic and creative means. (Exodus 28:3-4, 30:22, 31:3-11, 2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Acts 18:2-3).
Hospitality—the gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as you home, office, of church. (Genesis 18:1-15, Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:13, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9).
Music—the gift of music (or worship) is the divine strength or ability to sing, dance, or play an instrument primarily for the purpose of enhancing the worship experience and helping others to worship God. (1 Corinthians 14.26, Deuteronomy 31:22, 1 Samuel 16:16, 1 Chronicles 16:41-42, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 34:12, Psalm 150:1-6).
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.