S.H.A.P.E. Spiritual Gifts Assessment
People who get to use their strengths and talents every day are six times more likely to be fulfilled at work.
But the reality is, only 41% of people over the age of 39 (and only 47% between the ages of 24-39) are actually using their unique strengths and talents on the job.
One reason more people aren’t using their God-given abilities is because not everyone knows what they are…much less how to tap into them.
Many pastors are aware of this…which is why 6 out of 10 churches provide special teaching to help congregants discover who God made them to be and what he has called them to do. (pastors.com)
Knowing God’s plan for your life is determined by knowing who you are. This spiritual gifts assessment helps you discover the purpose you were created for.
Church Growth Software has a Spiritual Gifts Assessment module called S.H.A.P.E. which can help you find the right people for ministry.
A very important part of church growth is selecting the right volunteers. People helping in different ministries are a vital part of a growing healthy church. This church management software stores certain attributes of each person who takes the Spiritual Gifts Assessment. This information is used in the SHAPE principle.
- Spiritual Gifts
The Bible teaches that God gives every believer certain special abilities to be used in ministry to share his love and serve others. Spiritual gifts are God-given special abilities given to every believer by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are not any of the following (1) Natural Talents (2) Christian Responsibilities (3) Fruit of the Spirit.
(1 Cor. 12, Rom. 8, Eph. 4).
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.
These are talents and skills you have and have learned which are very natural. Some people have a natural ability with words. 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)
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.
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 with Built In S.H.A.P.E. Assessment
When you get all the information from people taking the Spiritual Gifts Assessment. There needs to be a place where you can store this information so it can be used to make better choices in selecting volunteers for different events and ministries.
This process will help you with the church growth. If you are interested in trying the S.H.A.P.E. Assessment in Church Growth Software, download our free demo. You can watch the process by viewing this video.
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