Ministry Gifts Discernment

The Spiritual Gifts Inventory can help you determine which spiritual gifts you have been blessed with and are challenged to use in living out your baptismal call to build up the Kingdom of God. It will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to take the inventory but a whole lifetime to use your spiritual gifts. There are 60 questions that assess your gifts in twenty-three different areas. Once you’ve received your online total, or totaled your scores for each of the gifts using the self-scoring sheet (which is with the paper version), you will see your top three spiritual gifts. Use the List of Spiritual Gifts we provide and the Gifts Forum on September 18 to deepen your understanding of these gifts and how they might be used.

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Finding Your Spiritual Gifts

God has given each Christian two vitally important Gifts. The first is the Gift of faith in Jesus Christ, his work of redemption, and thus forgiveness of sin. The second is the Gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the body of Christ and for the growth of God’s Kingdom. These abilities are called Spiritual Gifts and they are received through our baptism. Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of our Spiritual Gifts until they have been opened. This tool will help you discover and begin to open and employ your Spiritual Gifts by guiding you through the following three activities: Scripture References, Self-Assessment and Exploration of Use. Highlighting Scripture References that both support the existence of Spiritual Gifts and identify those which are commonly found in service today gives a solid foundation for your discernment process. The Self Assessment is a list of 60 questions that will help you identify which Gifts you have received in greatest measure. Exploration of Use is suggestions for the various types of ministry you might be most effective in because of your Spiritual Gifts. May the special abilities God has given you be deployed in areas of ministry where they will be most effective for the good of the entire Church Body. These Gifts should also be affirmed by the body and utilized by the one who is gifted.

Discernment of Gifts

The Apostle Paul addresses the presence of Spiritual Gifts in three main sections of scripture: Romans 12, 1st Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4. Peter also verifies their existence in I Peter 4:10. Through these sections of scripture, we learn that all Christians have been given at least one Spiritual Gift. The purpose of Spiritual Gifts is twofold: (1) to unify Christians in their faith and (2) to produce growth within the church, both numerical and spiritual. These Gifts are to be used out of love for one another, and in service to one another. We do not choose which Gifts we will receive. God bestows them upon us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Not all of the Gifts identified in scripture are used in this inventory. The spectacular Gifts (speaking in tongues, healing and miracles, prophecy, bold proclamation of God) and some of the non-spectacular Gifts (martyrdom, celibacy) have not been included. Although these Gifts exist, they are not commonly utilized in the mainstream of parish life. Since the objectives of Spiritual Gift deployment are to unify and produce growth through service, in today’s church climate, only the service related Gifts have been included.

Administration: the Gift that enables a believer to formulate, direct, and carry out plans necessary to fulfill a purpose. (1st Corinthians 12:28, Acts 14:23)

Artistry: the Gift that gives the believer the skill of creating artistic expressions that produce a
spiritual response of strength and inspiration. (Exodus 31:1-11, Psalm 149:3a)

Discernment: the Gift that motivates a believer to seek God’s will and purpose and apply that
understanding to individual and congregational situations. (John 16:6-15, Romans 9:1,
1st Corinthians 2:9-16)

Evangelism: the Gift that moves believers to reach nonbelievers in such a way that they are
baptized and become active members of the Christian community. (Matthew 28:16-20, Ephesians 4:11- 16, Acts 2:36-40)

Faith: the Gift that gives a believer the eyes to see the Spirit at work and the ability to trust the
Spirit’s leading without indication of where it all might lead. (Genesis 12:1-4a, Mark 5:25-34,
1st Thessalonians 1:8-10)

Giving: the Gift that enables a believer to recognize God’s blessings and to respond to those
blessings by generously and sacrificially giving of one’s resources i.e. time, talent, and treasure. (2nd Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 21:1-4)

Hospitality: the Gift that causes a believer to joyfully welcome and receive guests and those in need of food and lodging. (Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23a, Luke 10:38)

Intercession: the Gift that enables a believer to pray with the certainty that prayer is heard and
when requests are made, answers will come. (Matthew 6:6-15, Luke 11:1-10, Ephesians 6:18)

Knowledge: the Gift that drives a person to learn, analyze and uncover new insights with regard to the Bible and faith. (1st Corinthians 12:8; 1st Corinthians 14:6, Romans 12:2)

Leadership: the Gift that gives a believer the confidence to step forward, give direction and provide motivation to fulfill a dream or complete a task. (Romans 12:8, John 21:15-17, II Timothy 4:1-5)

Mercy: the Gift that motivates a believer to feel deeply for those in physical, spiritual, or emotional need and then act to meet that need. (Luke 7:12-15, Luke 10:30-37, Matthew 25:34-36)

Music—Vocal: the Gift that gives a believer the capability and opportunity to present personal
witness and inspiration to others through singing. (Psalm 96:1-9, Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 149:1-2)

Music—Instrumental: the Gift that inspires a believer to express personal faith and provide
inspiration and comfort through the playing of a musical instrument. (Psalm 33:1- 5, Psalm 150, I Samuel 16:14-23)

Pastoral Caring (this appears as “Exhortation” in the online version): the Gift that moves the believer to reach out with Christian love and presence to people in personal conflict facing a spiritual void. (John 14:1, 2nd Timothy 1:16-18, 3rd John 5-8)

Shepherding: the Gift that gives a believer the confidence, capability and compassion to provide spiritual leadership and direction for individuals or groups of believers. (1st Timothy 4:12-16, 1st Timothy 3:1-13, 2nd Timothy 4:1-2)

Service: the Gift that enables a believer to work gladly behind the scenes in order that God’s work is fulfilled. (Luke 23:50-54, Romans 16:1-16, Philippians 2:19-23)

Skilled Craft: the Gift that enables a believer to create, build, maintain or repair items used within the church. (Exodus 30:1-6, Exodus 31:3-5, Ezekiel 27:4-11)

Teaching: the Gift that enables a believer to communicate a personal understanding of the Bible and faith in such a way that it becomes clear and understood by others. (1st Corinthians 12:28, Matthew 5:1-12, Acts 18:24-48)

Wisdom: the Gift that allows the believer to sort through opinions, facts and thoughts in order to
determine what solution would be best for the individual believer or the community of believers.
(1st Corinthians 2:6-13, James 3:13-18, 2nd Chronicles 1:7-11)

Writing: the Gift that gives a believer the ability to express truth in a written form; a form that can edify, instruct and strengthen the community of believers. (1st John 2:1-6, 12-14)

The Gifts

A list of Spiritual Gifts follows. Each description includes a scripture reference and a partial list of ministries that need people with these gifts. Keep in mind, these are only suggested ministries. The Holy Spirit may inspire you to use your gifts in various ways within your parish community. This inventory and list is provided with the hope that it will serve as one small step toward helping you recognize, embrace and use the gifts with which God has blessed you. You are encouraged to read and pray over the scripture references as you discern your gifts.

Learn more about each of these ministries on our Get Connected page.

Vestry, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Planned Giving Committee, Office Volunteer, Counter

Bread Guild, Flower Guild, Making Vestments, Photography for church events, Decorating classrooms and bulletin boards, Altar Guild, Landscape Committee

Stephen Ministry, Becoming Beloved Community Group Facilitator, Spiritual Direction, Morning Meditation, Wellspring, Discernment Committees

Prospective Member Visitation, Community Events, Advertising and Marketing, Inviting community members to attend worship and events, Wellspring, Greeters

Warden, Stewardship Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, Biblical Studies Facilitator, Men for Others, Spirituality of Aging, Wellspring, Lead Morning Prayer, Women Connecting

Stewardship Committee, Planned Giving Committee, Investment Committee

Greeter, Usher, Hospitality Committee, Evensong Reception Host, Sunday Hospitality, Advent Supper Host, Dinner Group Host, Dinner Group Participant

Intercession (prayer):
Read intercessions at services, write intercessions, Lead Morning Prayer

Vestry, Children’s book librarian, Adult book librarian, Biblical Studies facilitator, Seminary Leader for Wellspring, Sunday Forum Planning Team, Sunday School (Kairos) Teacher, Youth Group (FUSE) Teacher

Vestry, Committee chair, Guild coordinator, Youth chaperone, Community Engagement Committee, POWER LOC

Acolyte, lector, intercessor, Eucharistic Minister

Lay Eucharistic visitation, Home/Hospital/Institution Visitation, Give rides to worship services or classes and events at parish, Care Captain, Stephen Ministry

Choir, Choir Pianist, Special Event Music, Substitute Organist, Change Ringers

Church Choirs

Pastoral Caring (this appears as “Exhortation” in the online version):
Hospital/Home/Institution Visitation, Stephen Ministry, Care Captains, Lay Eucharistic Minister

Biblical Studies Facilitator, Care Captain, Vacation Bible School Shepherd, Men for Others, Women Connecting, Spirituality of Aging, Small Group Founder/Leader

Office Volunteer (greeting, mailings, copying, data entry, answering the phone), Technology assistance, Recording Worship Services, Altar Guild, Child Care, Building/Grounds Upkeep, SUPPER, Kitchen Cleaning Team, Providing Transportation, Properties Committee, Elders, Landscape Committee, Lay Weeders

Lector, intercessor, podcast contributor for Lent/Advent, preaching

Skilled Crafts:
Building Maintenance/Upkeep, Electrical/Masonry/Plumbing/Roofing, Mechanical Repair/Maintenance, Audio/Visual Operator and Repair, Computer Maintenance, Web Page Developer, Properties Committee, Elders

Social Justice/Environmental:
POWER LOC, Climate Action Team, Guatemala Ministries, Refugee Resettlement Committee, Community Engagement Committee

Biblical Studies Facilitator, Kairos (Church School) Teacher, Vacation Bible School Shepherd, preaching, Seminar Leader, Sunday Forum Planning team

Vestry, Stephen Ministry, Support Group Leader, Spirituality of Aging, Discernment Committees, Investment Committee, Planned Giving Committee

Newsletter Article Writer, Letter Writing, Lenten and Advent Podcasts, Spiritual Reflections, Preaching

Learn more about each of these ministries on our Get Connected page.

Exploration of Use

Your Spiritual Gifts do not appear and disappear as you pass through the doors of your church! The special Gifts God has given you are with you always. They are meant to also be used in your daily life to bring glory to God and serve the needs of others. In the spaces below, identify some of the ways your Gifts may be used for these purposes. Specific contexts have been provided as thought starters.

At home, with family.

At work, with colleagues.

Within your community.

Based on the inventory written by Neal Boese and Patricia Haller, Produced by the Division for Congregational Ministries, ELCA.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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