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S.H.A.P.E.

Church Growth Software has an Assessment module called S.H.A.P.E. which can help you find the right people for a ministry.

Assessment

A very important part of church growth is selecting volunteers. People helping in different ministries are a vital part of a growing church. This church management software tracks certain attributes of a person, so it can be applied in the SHAPE principle.

  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Experience

Spiritual Gifts

The Bible teaches that God gives every believer certain spiritual gifts to be used in ministry
(1 Cor. 12, Rom. 8, Eph. 4).

Heart

The Bible uses the term "heart" to represent the center of your motivation, desires, interests, and inclinations.
Your heart determines why you say the things you do (Matt. 12:34), why you feel the way you do (Ps. 34:7),
and why you act the way you do (Pr. 4:23). Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects that you feel passionate about and others that you couldn't care less about.

Abilities

These are the natural talents that you were born with. Some people have a natural ability with words. They came
out of the womb talking! Others are naturally good with numbers. They think mathematically and they can't
understand why you don't understand calculus. Everyone's talents are different.

Exodus 31:3 gives an example of how God gives people "skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts ...."

There is a two step process to find the right ministry

First, people need some process of skill identification.

Second, they need a process to help them match their abilities with the right ministry.

There are people in your church with all kinds of abilities that are not being put to use: advertising, organizing, recruiting, researching, writing, landscaping, carpentry, interviewing, promoting, decorating, planning, entertaining, repairing, art, and feeding.

These abilities should not be wasted. "There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." (1 Cor. 12:5)

Personality

Your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and abilities. For instance, two people may
have the same gift of evangelism, but - if one is introverted and the other is extroverted - that gift will be expressed
in different ways.

When you minister in a manner that is consistent with the personality God gave you, you experience fulfillment,
satisfaction, and fruitfulness. It feels fulfilled when you do exactly what God made you to do.

Experiences

God never wastes an experience. Romans 8:28 reminds us, "And we know that in all things God works for the
good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

There are five areas of experience that will influence the kind of ministry they are best shaped for:

  • Educational experiences: What were your favorite subjects in school?

  • Vocational experiences: What jobs have you enjoyed and achieved results while doing?

  • Spiritual experiences: What have been the meaningful or decisive times with God in your life?

  • Ministry experiences: How have you served God in the past?

  • Painful experiences: What are the problems, hurts, and trials that you've learned from?

Church Growth Software and S.H.A.P.E.

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