- Inventories. We should not rely on spiritual gifts inventories as the only authority in discerning spiritual gifts, but they can be one helpful piece in figuring it out.
Putting It Together
To be effective in moving people into roles where they'll be effective and fulfilled, it's important to weave together how they are made (personality), what they are good at (strengths), and how God is directing and equipping them (spiritual gifts). This will not just happen. It takes intentionality. I encourage you to develop a process that works for your church that weaves these three things together. It doesn't have to be a huge program, but intentionally placing people will be more effective and fruitful for your church than simply plugging holes in programs.
Our church has certainly benefited from this new emphasis. Recently we came to the realization that we needed to bring some renewed focus to how we engage and serve our community. We wanted a small group to take on the task of exploring this, and I knew we'd need a good leader in order for it to be successful. At the same time, I'd been spending some time with a man at our church who was on the worship team. After considering his personality, strengths, and spiritual gifts, I knew he would be a great fit. He is passionate about service, a gifted facilitator, and he excels at leading teams and accomplishing tasks. Additionally, others pointed to these same strengths and viewed him as a leader. Even though he hadn't used these strengths with groups in the church, I knew they would transfer into this new role. Armed with this knowledge, I approached him about leading this group, and he accepted. This group is off to a great start and already coming up with insights and plans that are going to enhance the way we engage our community. I know that this is in large part due to how well this man fits into his role.
When we're thoughtful about getting people into the right roles and responsibilities, the body of Christ is healthier and better able to function. This allows us to effectively carry out the mission God has given us.
—Trevor Lee is the Lead Pastor of Trailhead Church in Littleton, Colorado; copyright 2014 by Christianity Today.