SPIRITUAL GIFTS & Inventories to Help You Find Your Giftings

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 5/5/10.

…Traits, abilities, skills or behaviors[iv] can become supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit as manifestations or gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is important to note that these can be understood as gifts or manifestations. Theologian James D. G. Dunn observes that they are “gifts” because they are given, and “manifestations” because they attest to the reality of the unseen Giver.[v] And, according to the Scriptures these are given to all Christians:[vi]

1 Cor. 12:7     “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

Eph. 4:7          “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

(Robert) Clinton states that at this waypoint the leader now “recognizes that part of God’s guidance for ministry comes through establishing ministry priorities by discerning gifts.”[vii] Discerning or determining a leader’s gift-mix can take place through the following four actions.

Action 2.1: Learn About Your Gifts

The route toward discovering a leader’s gift matrix begins with a study of the gifts in Scriptures. Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 along with secondary gift lists in 1 Corinthians 7, 13-14; Ephesians 3 and 1 Peter 4 describe approximately 25 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Yet, because none of the gift lists are complete in themselves, it is reasonable to conclude that there may be other plausible gifts if they can be Scripturally verified.[viii] Therefore, I have listed an additional gift of “artist” that is not mentioned in the main gifts lists, but which appears to have attestation in Scripture and church history.

(The above is excerpted from Spiritual Waypoints: Helping Others Navigate the Journey [2010] or click on this link for a list of gifts and the rest of the chapter.)

Below are Spiritual Gift Inventories that can help you or others find your spiritual gifts:

The United Methodist Church’s Explore Your Spiritual Gifts, http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.1355371/k.9501/Spiritual_Gifts.htm.

My friend Larry Gilbert at ChurchGrowth.org produces The Team Ministry Spiritual Gifts Inventory, available at https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/cgi-cg/gifts.cgi?intro=1

An easy to take, online inventory has been produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is available here: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices/Assessment-Tools

The Rock Church in San Diego produces (and updates) their Spiritual Gift Inventory at http://www.sdrock.com/giftstest/new/

But probably the most carefully crafted is the Spiritual Gifts Survey by my friend and colleague, Dr. Elmer Towns available at http://elmertowns.com/?page_id=5