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What You Do Best in the Body of Christ (Network Ministry Resources Series)

What You Do Best in the Body of Christ (Network Ministry Resources Series)
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What You Do Best in the Body of Christ (Network Ministry Resources Series)

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Now with discussion questions and assessment tools to help you determine your unique ministry fit.By the coauthor of the Network course materials developed at Willow Creek Community Church Have you found fulfillment in life? Can you say your ministry is fruitful? God has created you to be both fulfilled and fruitful in a meaningful place of service. You can discover your God-given design and the role he created for you in and through the local church.In What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Bruce Bugbee helps you identify your God-given spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passion. And he shows how they point to your unique role and purpose in the body of Christ when they are expressed together. Drawing from biblical principles, this book provides proven tools and a conversational approach that will help you fulfill God's will for your life. You'll discover: Your God-given Spiritual Gifts indicate what you're equipped to do competently Your God-given Personal Style indicate

- Publisher What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Revised and ExpandedCopyright 1995, 2005 by Bruce BugbeeFirst edition published 1995. Revised and expanded 2005Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBugbee, Bruce.What you do best in the body of Christ : discover your spiritual gifts, personal style,and God-given passion / Bruce Bugbee.- Rev. and expanded.p. cm.Rev. and expanded ed. of: What you do best. c1995.Includes index.ISBN: 0-310-25735-2 (pbk.)1. Gifts, Spiritual. 2. Lay ministry. 3. Pastoral theology. I. Bugbee, Bruce. Whatyou do best. II. Title.BT767.3.B84 2005253-dc222004020588ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25735-6This edition printed on acid-free paper.All 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.Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE,Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975,1977, 1995. Used by permission.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 Van LoozenoordPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream cometrue. I designed and built my own home!I was raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirtyyears, I moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among manyspecial friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Beforelong, with his help, I was actually considering the possibility ofbuilding a new home. A design was agreed on, costs were explored,a lot was purchased, and the house was built. We moved in just intime for Thanksgiving.While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are fourseasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and itwas time to landscape our new home. I went to the nursery andbought trees, shrubs, and flowers. The lawn was planted and theyard was set.While most of my plants did really well, some died. I went backto the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. Oneafternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complainingabout) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed himhow some of them were doing really well while others kept dying.He made a brilliant observation. He said, "These plants won''tgrow here!" (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate.He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.)I said, "Really?"He went on to explain. "These plants require direct sunlight.Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feetof the north side of your house? They should be placed where theycan get the sunlight they need to grow."It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how Godhad made each plant with different requirements. A plant needingdirect sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sunit receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potentialdestroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood what the plantsneeded, it was not difficult to find an appropriate place for them.So, the "bad" plants I had purchased were not really bad at all.They were simply planted in the wrong place. In short, I hadlearned two important and related gardening lessons: First, knowwhat a plant needs to flourish. Second, place it in the appropria

- Publisher What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Revised and Expanded Copyright 1995, 2005 by Bruce Bugbee First edition published 1995. Revised and expanded 2005 Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bugbee, Bruce. What you do best in the body of Christ : discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion / Bruce Bugbee.- Rev. and expanded. p. cm. Rev. and expanded ed. of: What you do best. c1995. Includes index. ISBN: 0-310-25735-2 (pbk.) 1. Gifts, Spiritual. 2. Lay ministry. 3. Pastoral theology. I. Bugbee, Bruce. What you do best. II. Title. BT767.3.B84 2005 253-dc22 2004020588 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25735-6 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission. 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 of Zondervan, 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 prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sharon Van Loozenoord Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream come true. I designed and built my own home! I was raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirty years, I moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among many special friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Before long, with his help, I was actually considering the possibility of building a new home. A design was agreed on, costs were explored, a lot was purchased, and the house was built. We moved in just in time for Thanksgiving. While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are four seasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and it was time to landscape our new home. I went to the nursery and bought trees, shrubs, and flowers. The lawn was planted and the yard was set. While most of my plants did really well, some died. I went back to the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. One afternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complaining about) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed him how some of them were doing really well while others kept dying. He made a brilliant observation. He said, "These plants won't grow here!" (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate. He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.) I said, "Really?" He went on to explain. "These plants require direct sunlight. Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feet of the north side of your house? They should be placed where they can get the sunlight they need to grow." It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how God had made each plant with different requirements. A plant needing direct sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sun it receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potential destroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood

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Now with discussion questions and assessment tools to help you determine your unique ministry fit.By the coauthor of the Network course materials developed at Willow Creek Community Church Have you found fulfillment in life? Can you say your ministry is fruitful? God has created you to be both fulfilled and fruitful in a meaningful place of service. You can discover your God-given design and the role he created for you in and through the local church.In What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Bruce Bugbee helps you identify your God-given spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passion. And he shows how they point to your unique role and purpose in the body of Christ when they are expressed together. Drawing from biblical principles, this book provides proven tools and a conversational approach that will help you fulfill God's will for your life. You'll discover: Your God-given Spiritual Gifts indicate what you're equipped to do competently Your God-given Personal Style indicate
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What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Revised and ExpandedCopyright 1995, 2005 by Bruce BugbeeFirst edition published 1995. Revised and expanded 2005Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBugbee, Bruce.What you do best in the body of Christ : discover your spiritual gifts, personal style,and God-given passion / Bruce Bugbee.- Rev. and expanded.p. cm.Rev. and expanded ed. of: What you do best. c1995.Includes index.ISBN: 0-310-25735-2 (pbk.)1. Gifts, Spiritual. 2. Lay ministry. 3. Pastoral theology. I. Bugbee, Bruce. Whatyou do best. II. Title.BT767.3.B84 2005253-dc222004020588ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25735-6This edition printed on acid-free paper.All 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.Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE,Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975,1977, 1995. Used by permission.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 Van LoozenoordPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream cometrue. I designed and built my own home!I was raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirtyyears, I moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among manyspecial friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Beforelong, with his help, I was actually considering the possibility ofbuilding a new home. A design was agreed on, costs were explored,a lot was purchased, and the house was built. We moved in just intime for Thanksgiving.While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are fourseasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and itwas time to landscape our new home. I went to the nursery andbought trees, shrubs, and flowers. The lawn was planted and theyard was set.While most of my plants did really well, some died. I went backto the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. Oneafternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complainingabout) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed himhow some of them were doing really well while others kept dying.He made a brilliant observation. He said, "These plants won''tgrow here!" (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate.He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.)I said, "Really?"He went on to explain. "These plants require direct sunlight.Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feetof the north side of your house? They should be placed where theycan get the sunlight they need to grow."It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how Godhad made each plant with different requirements. A plant needingdirect sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sunit receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potentialdestroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood what the plantsneeded, it was not difficult to find an appropriate place for them.So, the "bad" plants I had purchased were not really bad at all.They were simply planted in the wrong place. In short, I hadlearned two important and related gardening lessons: First, knowwhat a plant needs to flourish. Second, place it in the appropria
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What You Do Best in the Body of Christ, Revised and Expanded Copyright 1995, 2005 by Bruce Bugbee First edition published 1995. Revised and expanded 2005 Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bugbee, Bruce. What you do best in the body of Christ : discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion / Bruce Bugbee.- Rev. and expanded. p. cm. Rev. and expanded ed. of: What you do best. c1995. Includes index. ISBN: 0-310-25735-2 (pbk.) 1. Gifts, Spiritual. 2. Lay ministry. 3. Pastoral theology. I. Bugbee, Bruce. What you do best. II. Title. BT767.3.B84 2005 253-dc22 2004020588 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25735-6 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission. 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 of Zondervan, 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 prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sharon Van Loozenoord Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream come true. I designed and built my own home! I was raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirty years, I moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among many special friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Before long, with his help, I was actually considering the possibility of building a new home. A design was agreed on, costs were explored, a lot was purchased, and the house was built. We moved in just in time for Thanksgiving. While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are four seasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and it was time to landscape our new home. I went to the nursery and bought trees, shrubs, and flowers. The lawn was planted and the yard was set. While most of my plants did really well, some died. I went back to the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. One afternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complaining about) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed him how some of them were doing really well while others kept dying. He made a brilliant observation. He said, "These plants won't grow here!" (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate. He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.) I said, "Really?" He went on to explain. "These plants require direct sunlight. Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feet of the north side of your house? They should be placed where they can get the sunlight they need to grow." It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how God had made each plant with different requirements. A plant needing direct sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sun it receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potential destroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood
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Meet the Author

Bruce Bugbee

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.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments 7
  • Introduction 9
  • 1. Does God Have A Purpose For My Life---really? 13
  • 2. Who Does God Say That I Am? 23
  • 3. What's The Big Deal About Spiritual Gifts? 31
  • 4. What Are My Spiritual Gifts? 47
  • 5. How Do I Relate With My Personal Style? 61
  • 6. Where Is My Passion? 75
  • 7. How Do The Pieces Fit Together? 93
  • 8. The Heart Of The Matter! 103
  • 9. So What's My Next Step? 115
  • 10. Pull Up Stakes And Follow Him! 133
  • Appendices
  • 1. A Word To Leaders 141
  • 2. Spiritual Gifts Experience Assessment 145
  • 3. Network: The Right People . . .
  • In The Right Places . . . For The Right Reasons . . .
  • At The Right Time! 157
  • 4. One Life At A Time . . . One Church At A Time 159
  • 5. Network Ministries International 165
  • About The Author 169

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I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream come true. I designed and built my own home! I was raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirty years, I moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among many special friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Before long, with his help, I was actually considering the possibility of building a new home. A design was agreed on, costs were explored, a lot was purchased, and the house was built. We moved in just in time for Thanksgiving. While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are four seasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and it was time to landscape our new home. I went to the nursery and bought trees, shrubs, and flowers. The lawn was planted and the yard was set. While most of my plants did really well, some died. I went back to the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. One afternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complaining about) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed him how some of them were doing really well while others kept dying. He made a brilliant observation. He said, 'These plants won't grow here!' (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate. He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.) I said, 'Really?' He went on to explain. 'These plants require direct sunlight. Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feet of the north side of your house? They should be placed where they can get the sunlight they need to grow.' It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how God had made each plant with different requirements. A plant needing direct sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sun it receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potential destroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood what the plants needed, it was not difficult to find an appropriate place for them. So, the 'bad' plants I had purchased were not really bad at all. They were simply planted in the wrong place. In short, I had learned two important and related gardening lessons: First, know what a plant needs to flourish. Second, place it in the appropriate environment. Created with a Purpose in Mind In my thirty years of ministry, I've discovered that many people have had similar experiences in their lives. Like poorly planted shrubs, they often feel misplaced. Maybe you've felt that way too. Take a moment to check the statements below that apply to you: _____ I feel that I am capable of accomplishing more than I am presently achieving. _____ I sense that God wants to use me in a meaningful way, but I'm not sure how. _____My frustration and confusion about not knowing just what to do makes me less confident and competent. _____ I desire to be more fruitful and fulfilled, making a difference with my life. _____ I feel there must be something wrong with me because I still have not been able to figure out what I should be doing. _____ I wish I knew God's will for my life. _____ I am often asked to do things I am not interested in doing. If you checked any or all of the statements above, then this book is for you. In the pages that follow, you will find some practical insights and helpful tools to assist you in two of the most important aspects of your life: Identifying the particular person God has made you to be; and discovering how you can be fruitful and fulfilled in a meaningful place of service. Are you in an environment that is enabling you to realize your greatest potential? Maybe like the plant, you are not a bad Christian, but you are unaware of what you need, and you aren't sure of the appropriate position from which your life could make an impact on others. At times, I have felt that there was something wrong with me because I was not growing or developing in ways that those around me expected. Have you heard the saying, 'Bloom where you are planted'? What happens when you aren't blooming? There must be something wrong with you---right? No, not necessarily. God has created and designed us with a purpose in mind. We are 'wired' to care about some things more than others. We have been given spiritual gifts to competently accomplish ministry tasks. We have also been designed with a personal style of relating to others and the world around us. We have been given a passion. When you know your God-given spiritual gifts, personal style, and ministry passion, then you'll know what you need to be both fruitful and fulfilled in your life and ministry. The Tension Most of us know that we should serve God. We know that God not only desires, but commands us to serve (Galatians 5:13). And we want to obey. We have a genuine desire to honor him by fulfilling his purposes and plans for our lives. But many of us don't know how to serve. While we want to serve and know we should serve, it has been difficult to find the places where we are able to make our unique contributions. Rather than constantly 'replanting' ourselves in a variety of environments in the hope that we might find fulfillment and fruitfulness, doesn't it make sense to discover what God created us for in the first place? You can gain a better understanding of what your contribution should be through the identification of your servant profile, which you'll find throughout the coming chapters. Your servant profile indicates those three keys that we mentioned before: your spiritual gifts, your personal style, and your God-given ministry passion. With an understanding of your servant profile, you can increase your ability to follow God's will for your life. You may believe the common notion that God's will for your life is sealed in a mysterious time capsule somewhere, only to be found by those who attend the greatest number of seminars, prayer meetings, Sunday school classes, outreach events, camps, worship services, and conferences. Fortunately, it is more that God's will is revealed through his unique design of the person he made you to be. No One Ever Asked We were sitting in a room, just the three of us. Nancy and I were talking with Sarah about her servant profile and what she might be sensing God was leading her to do. Nancy and Sarah had been in the same church and had known each other for years. In fact, Nancy did not think getting together was really necessary, because she already knew just about everything there was to know about Sarah.

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  • Pages 176
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