Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (Network Ministry Resources Series)
Network is a dynamic training programme designed to maximise the effectiveness of the local church by helping individual Christians discover their own unique blend of spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passion. The course centres on six 50-minute DVD sessions,...
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Network is a dynamic training programme designed to maximise the effectiveness of the local church by helping individual Christians discover their own unique blend of spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passion. The course centres on six 50-minute DVD sessions, which are complemented by a Leader's Guide and a Participant's Guide, both sold separately. Additional components include the book Discover Your Spiritual Gifts by Bruce Bugbee, as well as a resource CD-ROM. All course components are also available as a single kit (# 223030).
This is a small booklet containing five assessments in the areas of traits, observation, experience, conviction, and ministry fit to help people understand their spiritual giftedness.
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts the Network WayCopyright 2005 by Bruce Bugbee and Willow Creek Community ChurchRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-25746-8ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25746-2All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: NewInternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you.These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part ofZondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Interior design by Sharon VanLoozenoordPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Experience assessmentDESCRIPTION AND DIRECTIONSThere is often a correlation between Christian experiences andspiritual gifts. This assessment explores personal experiences thatmight indicate which specific gifts you are most and least likely tohave. If you have not served before, then you will identify whichof your behaviors most approximate the behaviors of those whohave certain gifts.Directions:1. Read each statement in the Experience Assessment (pp. 22-30).2. Indicate how true of you each statement is by scoring it usingthe following scale:Score Meaning3 = Consistently / Definitely true2 = Most of the time / Usually true1 = Some of the time / Once in a while0 = Never / Not at all3. Put your score (0, 1, 2, or 3) in the appropriately numberedbox on the response sheet (p. 21).4. Important:- Answer according to who you are, not who you wouldlike to be or think you should be.- How true of you are these statements?- What has been your experience?- To what degree do these statements reflect yourtendencies?5. When you have completed the Experience Assessment, add upeach column and record the total above each letter.discover your spiritual giftsEXPERIENCE RESPONSE SHEETThe score and its meaning: 3=Consistently / Definitely true2=Most of the time / Usually true1=Some of the time / Once in a while0=Never / Not at allTOTALRespond to the statements on pages 21-30.Transfer the top three gifts from your ExperienceAssessment to the Spiritual Gifts Summaryon page 53.STATEMENTS1. I can coordinate people, tasks, and events to meet aneed.2. I enjoy working creatively with wood, cloth, paints,metal, glass, or other materials.3. I enjoy developing and using my artistic skills (art,drama, music, photography, etc.).4. When I see spiritual complacency, I am willing tochallenge it.5. I have confidence that God not only can, but he will.6. I give liberally and joyfully to people in financial needor to projects requiring support.7. I enjoy working behind the scenes to support the workof others.8. I view my home as a safe and caring place to ministerto people.9. When it comes to my attention, I am honored toregularly pray for someone or for a concern.10. I am motivated to set goals and influence others toachieve a vision in order to advance God''s work onearth.11. I empathize with hurting people and desire to help intheir healing process.12. I am attracted to the idea of serving in another countryor an ethnic community.13. I have spoken a timely and important prophetic word toothers that I felt came to me directly from God while inprayer.14. I have the ability to communicate the gospel with clarityand conviction.15. I establish trust and confidence through long-termrelationships.discover your spiritual gifts2216. I am able to communicate God''s Word effectively.17. I can readily distinguish between spiritual truth anderror, good and evil
Bruce L. Bugbee is founder and president of Network Ministries International in Mission Viejo, California. He is also the author of What You Do Best in the Body of Christ and The Gift Book. SPANISH BIO: Es el fundador y presidente del Ministerio Internacional de La red en Mision Viejo, California. el es tambien el autor de lo que Usted Hace Lo Mejor Posible en el Cuerpo de Cristo y del Libro del Regalo.
- Overview 11
- Introduction 13
- Windows To Your Giftedness 15
- Spiritual Gifts Assessments
- Experience Assessment 19
- Traits Assessment 33
- Convictions Assessment 47
- Observation Assessment 51
- Your Spiritual Gifts Summary 53
- Ministry Assessment 55
- Spiritual Gifts Descriptions And Contributions 59
- Resources 63
- Appendix: Observation Assessment Forms 67
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts the Network Way Experience assessment DESCRIPTION AND DIRECTIONS There is often a correlation between Christian experiences and spiritual gifts. This assessment explores personal experiences that might indicate which specific gifts you are most and least likely to have. If you have not served before, then you will identify which of your behaviors most approximate the behaviors of those who have certain gifts. Directions: 1. Read each statement in the Experience Assessment (pp. 22-- 30). 2. Indicate how true of you each statement is by scoring it using the following scale: Score Meaning 3 = Consistently / Definitely true 2 = Most of the time / Usually true 1 = Some of the time / Once in a while 0 = Never / Not at all 3. Put your score (0, 1, 2, or 3) in the appropriately numbered box on the response sheet (p. 21). 4. Important: * Answer according to who you are, not who you would like to be or think you should be. * How true of you are these statements? * What has been your experience? * To what degree do these statements reflect your tendencies? 5. When you have completed the Experience Assessment, add up each column and record the total above each letter. discover your spiritual gifts EXPERIENCE RESPONSE SHEET The score and its meaning: 3=Consistently / Definitely true 2=Most of the time / Usually true 1=Some of the time / Once in a while 0=Never / Not at all TOTAL Respond to the statements on pages 21--30. Transfer the top three gifts from your Experience Assessment to the Spiritual Gifts Summary on page 53. STATEMENTS 1. I can coordinate people, tasks, and events to meet a need. 2. I enjoy working creatively with wood, cloth, paints, metal, glass, or other materials. 3. I enjoy developing and using my artistic skills (art, drama, music, photography, etc.). 4. When I see spiritual complacency, I am willing to challenge it. 5. I have confidence that God not only can, but he will. 6. I give liberally and joyfully to people in financial need or to projects requiring support. 7. I enjoy working behind the scenes to support the work of others. 8. I view my home as a safe and caring place to minister to people. 9. When it comes to my attention, I am honored to regularly pray for someone or for a concern. 10. I am motivated to set goals and influence others to achieve a vision in order to advance God's work on earth. 11. I empathize with hurting people and desire to help in their healing process. 12. I am attracted to the idea of serving in another country or an ethnic community. 13. I have spoken a timely and important prophetic word to others that I felt came to me directly from God while in prayer. 14. I have the ability to communicate the gospel with clarity and conviction. 15. I establish trust and confidence through long-term relationships. discover your spiritual gifts 22 16. I am able to communicate God's Word effectively. 17. I can readily distinguish between spiritual truth and error, good and evil. 18. I research and am persistent in my pursuit of knowing the truth. 19. Others often seek me out for advice about personal and spiritual matters. 20. I am careful, thorough, and skilled at managing details. 21. I am skilled in working with different kinds of tools. 22. I help people better understand themselves, their relationships, and God through artistic expression. 23. I enjoy reassuring and strengthening those who are discouraged. 24. I have confidence in God's continuing provision and help, even in difficult times. 25. I give more than a tithe so that kingdom work can be accomplished. 26. I enjoy doing routine tasks that support the needs of ministry. 27. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them feel welcomed. 28. I enjoy praying for long periods of time and receive leadings as to what God wants me to pray for. 29. It is quite natural for me to lead, and it is more comfortable for me to lead than not to lead. 30. I can patiently support those going through painful experiences as they are seeking stability in their lives. 31. I am willing to take an active part in starting a new church. 32. By God's revelation to me, I have been able to shed light on current realities in someone's life that helps them see God's desire for their future. 33. After I have shared the story of Jesus, people pray with me for salvation. 34. I can faithfully provide long-term emotional and spiritual support and concern for others. 35. I simply and practically explain and clarify the Word for those who are confused or just do not know. 36. I have a 'sixth sense' and frequently am able to identify a person's character based on first impressions. 37. I receive information from the Spirit that I did not acquire through natural means. 38. I can often find simple, practical solutions in the midst of conflict or confusion. 39. I can clarify goals and develop strategies or plans to accomplish them. 40. I can visualize how something should be constructed before I build it. 41. I like finding new and fresh ways of communicating God's truth. 42. I give hope to others by directing them to the promises of God. 43. I have a special ability to trust God for extraordinary needs. 44. I manage my money well in order to free more of it for giving. 45. I willingly take on a variety of odd jobs around the church to meet the needs of others. 46. I genuinely believe the Lord directs strangers to me who need a sense of belonging and connection to others. experience assessment 23 47. I am conscious of ministering to others as I pray. 48. I am usually chosen as the group's spokesperson when in discussion groups. 49. I am drawn toward people who are sometimes regarded as undeserving or beyond help. 50. I can relate to others in culturally sensitive ways. 51. I speak biblical truth in a timely and culturally sensitive way in order to strengthen, encourage, and comfort God's people. 52. I'd rather be around non-Christians more than Christians so that I can build relationships with them. 53. I enjoy giving practical support, nurture, and spiritual guidance to a group of people. 54. When I teach, people respond to my teaching with action. 55. I can see through phoniness or deceit before it is evident to others. 56. I seek certainty and truth in order to avoid superficial understandings and speculation. 57. I am surprised by how many people are unable to solve problems and seem to lack common sense. 58. I can identify and effectively use the resources needed to accomplish tasks. 59. I am good at working with my hands and enjoy doing so. 60. I regularly need to get alone to reflect and to develop my imagination. 61. I reassure those who need to take courageous action in their faith, family, or life. 62. I am unwavering in my belief that God will absolutely work in circumstances in which success cannot be guaranteed by human effort alone. discover your spiritual gifts