So, I had to do this survey for my ministry formations class. I’m believe its a tool to see what types of ministry we should consider being involved in, although we haven’t yet talked about the application of it (that’s for next week).
I’m not exactly sure who reads this blog, so here’s your chance to make yourselves known. I’m wondering what you think about this analysis of my spiritual gifts — do you think it’s right or wrong and why?
This is what I got:
I suspect it probably also reflects that I have the spiritual gift of picking the middle option in multiple choice questions, but the analysis says that showing mercy and teaching are my strengths. This is what the feedback recommends for the practical application of each of these:
[For Showing Mercy] Your gift is used best in times of sorrow and in times of great joy. It fits well with another gift of service such as deacon, youth worker or hospital visitation. With a counseling course, you could become a good counselor. You may serve as a hospital, nursing home, or shut-in worker; a funeral coordinator and provider of sympathy and support; or a poverty center worker. You would do well as an usher or greeter and welcome center worker or hospitality person. You may want to work in a telephone ministry. You would make people feel welcome on a newcomer visitation team. Other appropriate ministry areas include missions, committee member, furlough assistance, and correspondence helper. You would work well with the elderly and with people who have mental and physical disabilities, in nursing, and with special ministries to migrants, released offenders or abused children and women.
[For Teaching] You do not necessarily have to teach the Bible to be a help to the church ministry. Although you can help with interpretation or teaching teachers and others, you may teach in areas such as education, business, finance, or computers. You may enjoy writing and developing curriculum. You would probably serve well as a Bible institute teacher or a correspondence course instructor. Your gift also lends itself to the mission field where you could serve as a missionary/teacher. You may want to teach a basic doctrine course to newcomers or new Christians or host quarterly small group studies on different topics. You may enjoy doing research for the pastor or others who teach.
I did notice that the only job in common between these two is missionary. I suppose lots of gifts can be used in mission work 🙂
So, what do you think? On the right track or completely out of left field?