Our church has just had its annual “Renewal Weekend”–this year we did an involved “Spiritual Gifts” assessment. Everyone had to fill out a long questionnaire about themselves, and also get 3 other people (who know them well), to answer questionnaires. After discovering your Gift, there was also your Personal Style to figure out, and finally your Passion; then brainstorming on how to mesh them all together. The guest speaker (a pastor trained to guide us through this), said that it may take a while to really nail down those things, so many people had to just “guestimate” for the time being.
Isn’t it interesting how you can see people a few times every week for years and years, and never really know them? How you can tend not to really know yourself? People picked out The Mom’s gifts as being Intercession and Faith, but they don’t know how hard she has to work at those things sometimes (faith is easy until you’re in a hard situation; Intercession is easy when you remember). Because of her work as coordinator of the mid-week children’s ministry, Leadership was another gift mentioned; and she thought because she likes to organize that Administration might be one. But she has often wished for a co-coordinator, to free her just to do all the practical jobs required. Organizing is more her Personal Style (‘energized’ by structure, ‘oriented’ to tasks), than her gift. What she does for the kids’ club is the gift of Helps. That was the one that ‘resonated’ for her, and was also affirmed by others. For Club, she “helps” the leaders to do their job. So Helps is her number one gift, but following close behind? “Creative Communication”… which she didn’t figure out until later, since this is something others don’t really know about that much (except our fellow lj-ers); though it has been affirmed by people’s comments about her Club bulletin board. (And, of course, because she’s been asked to be on that “editorial board”!)
The Passion was a little harder to figure out, amazingly. They should have used this test question: “What is it that you can’t understand why everyone else doesn’t feel the same as you about?” Although, that was a repeated caution: don’t expect others to have the same passion that you do. The Mom’s passion: WORSHIP. She loves children, and that was what was in her mind (and others’) during the discussions… but, after all, children inspire one to worship. We think, actually, that particular Passion should be, at least a little, obvious to our lj family!
Oh, AND, coincidentally: the verse used for the Gift of Creative Communication: (Psalm 150: 3-5) “Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.” —–WORSHIP!!