What Is Your Ministry Gift?

This morning, I began a series “Gifted and Talented: Discovering Our Place in God’s Kingdom Work”. I preached through Romans 12:3-8 and introduced or reintroduced the ministry gifts. I stressed the importance of every person possessing a God-given gift or set of gifts to be used for His glory. I encouraged them to take the inventory I will include below and have had several since our worship time text the results to me. That makes for one excited pastor! Click the link below to find out how you rate:


Here are the ministry gifts defined:

EXHORTATION: Rom. 12:8 – to come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be (Greek Word: paraklesis – calling to one’s side)

GIVING: Rom. 12:8 – to share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return

LEADERSHIP: Rom. 12:8 – to stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals

MERCY: Rom. 12:8 – to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but moreso caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress

PROPHECY: Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; Eph. 4:11 – to speak forth the message of God to His people (Greek Word: prophetes – the forth-telling of the will of God; ‘pro’=forth; ‘phemi’=to speak)

SERVICE: Rom. 12:7 – to identify undone tasks in God’s work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done (Greek Word: diakonia – deacon, attendant ‘diako’=to run errands)

TEACHING: Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11 – to instruct others in the Bible in a logical, systematic way so as to communicate pertinent information for true understanding and growth

I would love to hear about your ministry gift(s). You will most likely score high on a few. If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. I love to equip people to see their God-given potential and excel in that. If you’re not using your gifts, you still have time while there is still breath in you. No minute used for Jesus is ever wasted!

15 thoughts on “What Is Your Ministry Gift?

  1. This test is indeed interesting.

    The highest score for me was:

    1st – Prophecy and Teaching (tied);
    2nd Exhortation and Leadership (tied);
    3rd – Mercy and Service
    and lastly – Giving lol.

    I’d say that this test is pretty accurate. Considering my last was giving…I guess I need more work in that area lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ . – Sherline.

    I’m curious…what were your scores?

  2. I think its awesome that your leading your church through this stuff Matt so good stuff dude.

    My top 3 are Exhortation, Teaching and Prophecy. Thanks for linking the test, I have done a few and its always the same outcome but I have often pushed it aside thinking I am not good enough. Not anymore, we all need to be confident in the gifts God has given us.

    Thanks fort posting, I am sure many will benefit from this post

    1. It is interesting how peopleโ€™s gifts shine through their blogs. Iโ€™m not surprised that you ranked high in those 3 areas. God really spoke to me about this year being the year where I do what Ephesians 4:12 says and equip the saints for the work of the ministry. I have let go of some areas as we have started the new year and look forward to letting go of more so I can equip, encourage, and come alongside.

      1. Amen dude. Really important that we learn to let go of things that get in the way and say yes to the stuff that matters, especially if it leads to us walking along side others so they may find freedom.

  3. Yasssssss!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ super excited and thrilled with my results, I got exhortation and prophecy!!! Thank you so much sharing that was fun.

  4. The churches NEEDS this so much and I thank God that you are leading your church and your “cyber-sheep” in this.
    It seems that “stirring the gifts” has become a “pot” which unfortunately has been left mainly unstirred today.
    Often people want to work in the kingdom and be in the will of God and know that God does give each of a gift or gifts, but with no guidance to understand what that gift is discouragement sets in and they give up.
    I know people at this moment who are so anointed and gifted but through hurt, discouragement, many issues chose to stay at home, those gifts staying home with them.
    I pray God blesses you and your church with such an outpouring of His Holy Spirit and with the signs and wonders following that you will not even have room to hold those who come to see those wonders! Because we know the miracles are for those who do not believe… and when they see they do believe! In Jesus’ Name!

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