Different Approaches to Identifying Your Spiritual Gifts
By Ken Sloane
Discipleship Ministries’ online Spiritual Gifts Inventory is just one tool to help identify where your spiritual gifts may lie, and there are others who have faithfully studied the scriptures and have presented different views and even discerned a greater number of spiritual gifts.
Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit by author and United Methodist pastor Charles V. Bryant is an exploration of 32 spiritual gifts that helps reader identify, define, and apply their gifts in their daily life and to build up the body of Christ. It includes what Bryant calls a “Grace Gifts Inventory.” Additional copies of his inventory can be purchased in packets of 10 for using this inventory with a group. Bryant’s survey and the book is also used as a supplemental resource for an Advance Lay Servant course.
Based on Bryant's best-selling book, John I. Penn has developed a workbook that acts as a leader’s guide taking participants through a six-week study of discovering their spiritual gifts. Designed as a companion resource for Bryant's book, this workbook offers a basic understanding of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The workbook will explore the following topics:
- the nature and scope of the gifts.
- what the gifts are and what they are not.
- the diversity of the gifts.
- the methods for discovering your own grace-gifts.
This resource, appropriate for both individual and group use, offers support to persons who desire to examine the spiritual gifts.
These and other materials that have been used for Advanced Lay Servant curriculum course. Those leading the course have used a variety of resources which can be found in the Lay Servant Course catalogue (p.16), downloadable here.
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.