Leadership

SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORY

INSTRUCTIONS

This inventory is offered free by Christview Ministries, 992 CR 309, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

1. This inventory will help you think about what your spiritual gifts may be, based on your experience with the gifts that are mentioned (or implied) in the Bible. At some point, the Holy Spirit may offer you new gifts and experiences, so do not let the results of this inventory limit the new things the Holy Spirit would do.

2. The inventory will help you identify 4 gifts you may explore further, using a process described at the conclusion of the inventory.

3. Statements 61-90 relate to supernatural gifts that are mentioned in the Bible, but that some Christians may not experience frequently or at all. Since this inventory is designed to be used in many branches of Christianity, you will have to use your own judgment about whether it is useful for you to respond to these statements. At least respond to statements 1-60.

4. Sometimes you may be asked whether you have a certain ability or have had a certain experience. If you expect to acquire this ability or experience you may use your imagination in answering.

5. For each statement, rate your response as follows:

Strongly disagree                    0

Mostly disagree                       1

Slightly disagree                      2        

Slightly agree                          3

Mostly agree                            4

Strongly agree                         5

6. When you have finished responding to the statements, go on to the instructions for scoring.

INVENTORY

Place your rating to the left of the statement number.

__ 1.  I get satisfaction from helping someone else accomplish his or her goals for the church.

__ 2. I enjoy providing for the needs of visitors.

__ 3. I naturally see the positive side of things and readily see possibilities which others miss.

__ 4.  I feel led to visit sick, lonely or discouraged people and show kindness to them.

__ 5.  I am willing to work hard to see that church programs and ministries succeed.

__ 6.  I enjoy being responsible for the spiritual care of several people and am willing to be with them in their times of need.

__ 7.  I like to see that things are done in an orderly, efficient, and responsible manner.

__ 8.  I feel good when I have a part in providing financial support for important programs and ministries.

__ 9.  I feel good when others share my dreams for the church and work to bring them into reality.

__ 10.  I quickly see social wrongs and have a passion to see that they are addressed in the name of God and corrected.

__ 11.  I have a passion for Christian unity and am able to articulate the scriptural basis for it.

__ 12. I am passionately concerned for people who do not yet know, love, trust and serve Jesus Christ.

__ 13.  I enjoy caring for children or new Christians, offering them acceptance, love, and wisdom.

__ 14.  I am excited when I can help others learn important Christian truths.

__ 15.  I enjoy spending time in seeking out truths that are important to the church and in making those truths accessible.

__ 16.  I like to keep a list of people for whom I pray regularly.

__ 17.  I find satisfaction in trusting that God makes and keeps promises today just as in Bible times.

__ 18. I delight in glorifying God through a visual or performing art (writing, painting, singing, acting, etc.)

__ 19.  I enjoy working with my hands to accomplish tangible results which are useful to the church.

__ 20. I like the challenge of communicating the Christian message across barriers of class, race, culture or language.

__ 21. I do my best work when I am behind the scenes or in a limited responsibility, rather than when I am in the limelight or leadership.

__ 22.  I am good at introducing people to each other and in helping visitors find what they need to be comfortable.

__ 23.  I often find a way to lift someone's spirits by complimenting him or her; or to move people out of inaction by exhorting them.

__ 24.  I have the ability to work with people who have been scorned or neglected without easily "burning out."

__ 25.  I am often the one who sees what needs to be done and does it so that a program or ministry will succeed.

__ 26.  I am usually aware of the needs of my fellow church members and can think of helpful things to do for them.

__ 27.  I am good at planning, organizing, delegating, following up, and evaluating church programs and ministries.

__ 28.  I am good at earning, managing, and saving money so that I am able to give generously.

__ 29.  I have insight into what God may want to accomplish through the church and can successfully communicate that insight.

__ 30.  I am willing to take a strong public stand on behalf of victims of injustice and to do the work necessary to be effective.

__ 31. I am skilled at finding common ground on which Christians of differing beliefs and backgrounds can agree to work together.

__ 32.  I understand the basics of Christian faith and can tell others of my personal experience of Jesus.

__ 33.  I am good at nurturing children or new Christians in their faith.

__ 34.  I readily learn Christian truths and can guide others in their learning through lecture, discussion, or creative teaching methods.

__ 35.  I am able to devote long hours to sifting through information to find things that are beneficial to the church.

__ 36.  When someone has a need, I am led to pray about it and have a sense for how God wants me to pray.

__ 37.  When I believe that God intends to bless a certain person or event, I find that I have an extraordinary faith that the blessing will come.

__ 38.  I am skilled at glorifying God or expressing the Christian message through an art such as music, literature, visual arts or stage arts.

__ 39.  I am good at working with my hands to produce items or results which the church can use (cabinetry, needle work, flower arranging, building repairs, etc.)

__ 40.  I am able to adjust to other social, cultural or language groups so as to communicate Christian truths effectively across such barriers.

__ 41.  Others often call on me to help them accomplish a goal by doing some simple task.

__ 42.  Strangers and newcomers seem to feel quickly at home after I have tried to help them.

__ 43.  When I encourage others, they seem to respond positively.

__ 44.  People who need help appreciate my efforts on their behalf.

__ 45.  I am often asked to take care of the nuts-and-bolts, nitty-gritty part of a church program or ministry.

__ 46.  My fellow church members know that I care about them, and they let me know when they have needs.

__ 47.  When the church needs someone to oversee a task from start to finish, members often turn to me.

__ 48.  The church knows that it can count one me to support worthy programs and ministries.

__ 49.  I have a vision for the future of the church, or of some of its programs and ministries, and I am confident that others will follow my leading.

__ 50.   My efforts have made a difference in correcting injustices.

__ 51.  When I bring Christian of differing backgrounds together, they enjoy the rich diversity that results.

__ 52.  People readily approach me with their problems, doubts and questions, and are not put off when I mention Jesus Christ.

__ 53.  Children or new Christians know that I love them, and will also accept a word of warning or guidance from me.

__ 54.  Christian or seekers find my teaching helpful and are motivated to pursue their Christian learning.

__ 55.  When I do not know the answer to a question of importance to the church, I am driven to find the answer.

__ 56.  My prayers for others have made a difference in their lives.

__ 57.  My faith in God's providence has kept others moving forward when circumstances seemed unfavorable to them.

__ 58.  I am sensitive to the many levels through which people receive Christian truth and believe that I am able to help communicate truth through artistry.

__ 59.  People appreciate the way what I do with my hands helps the church.

__ 60.  People of other classes, races, cultures, or languages seem to respond well to my attempts to express Christian truths.

__ 61.  I find that the Holy Spirit helps me know and communicate God's immediate word by interpreting events of the past, present, or future in ways that help the church.

__ 62.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to find solutions to problems which I would not have come up with on my own.

__ 63.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to know things about other people which I could not know by natural means.

__ 64.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to speak prophetic messages in unlearned languages.

__ 65.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to interpret prophetic messages which have been spoken in unlearned languages.

__ 66.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to see the good or evil hidden in another person's heart.

__ 67.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to see how angels or demons are affecting a person or event.

__ 68.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to cast out or bind demonic spirits.

__ 69.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit anoints me to act as an agent of divine healing.

__ 70.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit enables me to be an agent of miracles of providence or protection.

__ 71.  I am willing to "listen" to what God says and to communicate what God reveals without personal additions or subtractions.

__ 72.  When I share supernatural wisdom, I do so with wisdom and humility.

__ 73.  I use specially revealed knowledge as God leads me to use it in encouraging, warning, evangelizing, etc.

__ 74.  I share God's messages in unlearned languages in the expectation that they will be interpreted.

__ 75.   I explain, without embellishment, the plain and clear meaning of messages which have been delivered in unlearned languages.

__ 76.  When I discern the real from the phony in other people I am able to use this discernment appropriately without becoming self-righteously judgmental.

__ 77.  I share my insights about whether things are from good or evil spiritual beings in a calm and humble manner.

__ 78.  When called to do so, I obediently enter the battlefield where evil spiritual beings contend to control a person or event.

__ 79.  When God leads me to pray for healing, I am willing to do so even if some people consider me foolish.

__ 80.  When I am convinced that God wants to work in a miraculous way, I am willing to follow God's leading in order to be part of the work.

__ 81.  Through my prophetic utterances some have received God's guidance.

__ 82.  The church has benefited from my applications of God's specially revealed wisdom.

__ 83.  Individuals have received help in facing difficult situations or in making important changes through information that has been revealed through me.

__ 84.  The church has received help when I have spoken messages in unlearned languages.

__ 85.  Messages spoken in unlearned languages have been made clear to the church through me.

__ 86.  My insights into the hearts of others have helped people avoid serious mistakes.

__ 87.  My discernment of spiritual beings has been used to enhance human liberty and dignity.

__ 88.  My ability to cast out or bind evil spirits has been used to enhance human liberty and dignity.

__ 89.  Some people have been healed by other than medical or natural means through my prayers.

__ 90.  God has provided for or protected others through my being willing to act as God's agent.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCORING

1. On the score sheet, record your rating for each statement in the box with the corresponding number: e.g., Your ranking for Statement No.1 should appear in 'Box No.1.

2. Add the ratings for the three numbers on each line and record the total in the Total column. For instance, if you rated Statement 1 with a 4, Statement 21 with a 2 and Statement 41 with a 3, you would add 4, 2, and 3 to get 9 and place 9 in the Total Column just to the right of the box for Statement 41.

3. Find the line with the highest total. In the ranking column, mark that line with a 1. Find the line with the next highest total and rank it 2. Continue in this manner.

You will almost certainly have some ties. For example, if you have none with fifteen points, but one with 14 points, the one with 14 points is rank 1. If three lines then have 13 points, they are tied for ranks 2, 3, and 4, and each one is given the rank 2-4. If two lines then have twelve points, they are tied for ranks 5 and 6, and each one is given the rank 5-6.  

SCORING CHART

 

GIFT

COLUMN 1

COLUMN 2

COLUMN 3

TOTAL

RANK

A.

Assisting

1

21

41

A.

A.

B.

Welcoming

2

22

42

B.

B.

C.

Encouraging

3

23

43

C.

C.

D.

Showing Mercy

4

24

44

D.

D.

E.

Serving

5

25

45

E.

E.

F.

Pastoring

6

26

46

F.

F.

G.

Administering

7

27

47

G.

G.

H.

Contributing

8

28

48

H.

H.

I.

Leading

9

29

49

I.

I.

J.

Advocating

10

30

50

J.

J.

K.

Uniting

11

31

51

K.

K.

L.

Evangelizing

12

32

52

L.

L.

M.

Nurturing

13

33

53

M.

M.

N.

Teaching

14

34

54

N.

N.

O.

Researching

15

35

55

O.

O.

P.

Interceding

16

36

56

P.

P.

Q.

Believing

17

37

57

Q.

Q.

R.

Artistry

18

38

58

R.

R.

S.

Crafts

19

39

59

S.

S.

T.

Missions

20

40

60

T.

T.

U.

Prophesying

61

71

81

U.

U.

V.

Uttering Wisdom

62

72

82

V.

V.

W.

Uttering Knowledge

63

73

83

W.

W.

X.

Speaking in Tongues

64

74

84

X.

X.

Y.

Interpreting Tongues

65

75

85

Y.

Y.

Z.

Discerning Hearts

66

76

86

Z.

Z.

AA.

Discerning Spirits

67

71

87

aa.

aa.

BB.

Exorcising/Delivering

68

78

88

bb.

bb.

CC.

Healing

69

79

89

cc.

cc.

DD.

Miracle Working

70

80

90

dd.

dd.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS DEFINITIONS

A. Assisting: Helping other Christians effectively use their gifts in carrying out their missions in a way that causes other people to understand how faithfully God assists them.

B. Welcoming: Providing Hospitality to new Christians, strangers, traveling church workers, etc., in a way that helps them experience the welcoming love of God.

C. Encouraging: Complimenting, comforting, counseling, or challenging others in ways that encourage their Christian endeavors and help them experience God's presence in those endeavors.

D. Showing mercy: Empathetically and compassionately helping people who are suffering emotionally, socially, or physically, helping them discover God's great compassion.

E. Serving: Seeing and doing detailed work necessary to the success of a church program or ministry causing us to remember that Jesus came as one who serves.

F. Pastoring: Assuming responsibility for the spiritual care of a Christian group, usually a small group, helping people discover the guiding and shepherding of God in their lives.

G. Administering:  Effectively implementing programs and ministries from start to finish, helping the church pursue Godly excellence in its work.

H. Contributing: Earning, saving and giving money for the support of Christian programs and ministries, reminding us all of the generous love and provision of God.

I. Leading: Envisioning, communicating and enlisting support for Christian goals and plans, helping us all connect to God's big plans for his people.

J. Advocating: Serving as an advocate for justice or peace in the name of Jesus Christ, helping us remember that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to bring tangible good news to the poor, the oppressed, and the victimized.

K. Uniting: Enabling Christians of differing backgrounds to worship and serve together harmoniously and productively, giving us real experience of what it is to be one in the Spirit.

L. Evangelizing: Effectively communicating the gospel in ways that lead people to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to become faithful members of a church.

M. Nurturing: Communicating love, acceptance, or guidance to children, helping them and their parents learn the reality of God's love.

N. Teaching: Communicating Christian knowledge or experience in ways that enhance learning by others, helping them know that God is real and trustworthy.

O. Researching: Seeking, gathering, organizing, and making accessible information that aids the church, helping us experience that God is at the heart of all truth.

P. Interceding:  Praying regularly for others with great results occurring at a much above average rate, helping us know that God answers prayer.

Q. Believing: Trusting even against evidence that God will act as promised in a given situation and helping others trust as well.

R. Artistry:  Glorifying God or communicating the gospel through some branch of the arts, lifting the hearts of believers to behold more of the surpassing worth of God.

S. Crafts:  Using manual skills with unusual dedication in providing or maintaining items useful to the church, helping the church function more effectively in glorifying God.

T. Missions:  Communicating the Gospel or building Christian fellowship across cultural lines, reminding the world that the gospel is for people of every tribe, tongue,and nation.

U. Prophesying: Being inspired to declare the immediate word of God, helping people discover that God still speaks.

V. Uttering wisdom: Sharing supernaturally given wisdom about solving problems, helping people experience God's unique and creative perspective on human situations.

W. Uttering knowledge:  Sharing supernaturally given facts in a way that helps people discover for themselves that God knows the details of our lives.

X. Speaking in tongues: Receiving and speaking a message from God in an unlearned language.

Y. Interpreting tongues:  Explaining in a known language a message from God that was received in an unknown language. Along with speaking in tongues, these two together are a special form of prophecy helping people discover that God still speaks.

Z. Discerning human hearts: Recognizing good and evil motives, helping people discover that God sees through appearances to reality.

AA. Discerning spirits: Recognizing the presence and activity of angels and demons, helping us discover that the spiritual realm we usually do not see is nontheless real.

BB. Exorcising, delivering: Casting out or binding evil spirits, giving us confidence that the portion of the spiritual realm that is in rebellion against God has no ultimate power, other than the power to deceive.

CC. Healing: Being an agent through whom God brings healing to people suffering emotional or physical affliction, helping people tangibly experience the supernatural power of God's love.

DD. Miracle-working: Being an agent through whom God works miracles of providence, protection, or demonstration, opening people to the reality of God's reigning power.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION OF GIFTS

1. Note the 2-to-4 top-ranked gifts from your inventory. Ask God to show you how your gifts complement each other. Consult with your pastor or other leaders of your congregation concerning ministry opportunities which would help you explore your gifts. Making a short-term commitment of 3 to 6 months to a ministry would help you determine whether these are your gifts.

2. After some experience in using your gifts in a particular ministry, evaluate how it "fits." Evaluate on the basis of your own internal response: Did you feel used by God to bless others through that ministry? Do you have a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment using that gift?

Evaluate on the basis of feedback from others. If you're operating in your areas of giftedness, people will usually express genuine appreciation for how they are blessed.

3. Pray for God’s guidance through the whole time!

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