the body by leading and directing members to accomplish the
goals and purposes of the church. Leadership motivates people to
work together in unity
toward common goals (Rom. 12:8).
the gift of administration lead the body by steering others to
remain on task. Administration enables the body to organize
according to God-given purposes
and long-term goals (1 Cor.
instructing members in the truths and doctrines of God’s Word
purposes of building up, unifying, and maturing the
body (1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11).
Knowledge—The gift of
knowledge manifests itself in teaching and training in
discipleship. It is
the God-given ability to learn, know, and
explain the precious truths of God’s Word. A word of
knowledge is a Spirit-revealed truth (1 Cor. 12:28).\
Wisdom—Wisdom is the gift
that discerns the work of the Holy Spirit in the body and
His teachings and actions to the needs of the body (1
Prophecy—The gift of
prophecy is proclaiming the Word of God boldly. This builds up
body and leads to conviction of sin. Prophecy manifests
itself in preaching and teaching (1
Cor. 12:10; Rom. 12:6).
the body by recognizing the true intentions of those within or
related to the body. Discernment tests the message and actions
of others for the protection
and well-being of the body (1
this gift encourage members to be involved in and enthusiastic
about the work of the Lord. Members with this gift are good
counselors and motivate others to
exhibits itself in preaching, teaching, and ministry (Rom.
Shepherding—The gift of
shepherding is manifested in persons who look out for the
welfare of others. Although pastors, like
shepherds, do care for members of the church, this
not limited to a pastor or staff member (Eph. 4:11).
Faith—Faith trusts God to
work beyond the human capabilities of the people. Believers with
this gift encourage others to trust in God in the face of
apparently insurmountable odds (1 Cor.
Evangelism—God gifts his
church with evangelists to lead others to Christ effectively and
enthusiastically. This gift builds up the body by adding new
members to its fellowship (Eph.
Apostleship—The church sends
apostles from the body to plant churches or be missionaries.
Apostles motivate the body to look beyond its walls in order to
carry out the Great Commission
(1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11).
Service/Helps—Those with the
gift of service/helps recognize practical needs in the body and
joyfully give assistance to meeting those needs. Christians with
this gift do not mind working
behind the scenes (1 Cor.
12:28; Rom. 12:7).
Mercy—Cheerful acts of
compassion characterize those with the gift of mercy. Persons
this gift aid the body by empathizing with hurting
members. They keep the body healthy and
unified by keeping
others aware of the needs within the church (Rom. 12:8).
Giving—Members with the gift
of giving give freely and joyfully to the work and mission of
body. Cheerfulness and liberality are characteristics of
individuals with this gift (Rom. 12:8).
Hospitality—Those with this
gift have the ability to make visitors, guests, and strangers
ease. They often use their home to entertain guests.
Persons with this gift integrate new
members into the body (1