Using Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tools to Get Ready for a New Way of Doing Church
By Ken Sloane
Your mission and ministry will look different in post-Coronavirus days.
The budgets churches put together last summer and fall went out the window with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your church is different because the world is different. Ministry will be different for both clergy and laity as we move into this new world. While people are sheltering at home, it’s a great time to have them assess their spiritual gifts. Click here to use the free assessment tools.
One of the most important ministries in this time of isolation is communication and connection. Laity are well-equipped to take on this ministry.
Have people take the online spiritual gifts assessment (see link above) and look for leaders who score high in the areas of the nurturing gifts cluster (wisdom, shepherding, exhortation, helping, discernment, faith, and compassion). Leaders with these gifts can keep people connected and cared for and can also help connect people by organizing them into small groups or classes. Click here to find more resources.
Understand that the need for your church’s mission and outreach has increased exponentially in just a few months, and this is the ministry of all believers.
Not only is this a time of great need in communities due to economic downturn, jobless increases of 400 percent, and the rise of fear and anxiety, it is also a time of great opportunity. The world is watching churches to see if we really live out what Jesus taught. Use the spiritual gifts assessment tool to find people who will be energized by being invited to join in this work. Look for disciples with the gifts of compassion, healing, servanthood, evangelism, working miracles, prophecy, or apostleship to lead and grow these areas of ministry. Check out these pages for helpful ideas to move to higher engagement with your community:
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.