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Summer JourneyGod has given every believer one or more spiritual gifts.  There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.  God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

During this year's Sunday messages, we have heard the word, Stewardship, mentioned numerous times. Stewardship is giving back to God, the resources He has given us: our time, our money, our talents. Throughout July and August, we will highlight different spiritual gifts. Go with us on this journey and contemplate which gifts God has given to you.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Administration:  The special ability to understand what makes an organization function, and the unique skill to project and implement procedures that accomplish the goals of ministry.

Apostleship :  Enables a person to start and oversee the establishment of new churches and ministries regardless of culture or language barriers.

Craftsmanship:  The God-given ability to design, construct and/or build items that support the different ministries in the church.

Creative Communications:  Enables a person to communicate the powerful truth of God's Word through various forms of art.

Discernment:  The unique capacity to determine if something or some action is based in God's truth. It is the ability to differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong.

Encouragement:  The God-given ability to present truth so as to strengthen, comfort, or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith.

Evangelism:  faith-sharing and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those we meet; primarily a one-to-one or small group experience, grounded in building relationships with others and inviting them to make a decision for Christ. Gifted evangelists do not force their faith on others.

Exhortation:   offering encouragement, wise counsel, unflagging support, and empowerment. Those who exhort stay focused on helping people maximize their own potential and live from their own gifts and skills. Often, those with the gift of exhortation make others feel good just by being present.

Faith:   more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good, and that the people of God can rise above any obstacle. Faith is the bedrock upon which we build lives, congregations, and communities. 

Giving:  The gift of giving is the deep commitment to provide whatever resources are needed to support God’s will and plan. In addition to radical generosity, those who possess the gift of giving have the uncanny ability to discover and channel new sources of money, time, and energy to needs. Money management skills, grant writing abilities, and the easy knack of asking for donations and cultivating donors are among common skills of gifted givers.

Healing:  The gift of healing is not about transferring spiritual power to eliminate suffering and disease, but the ability to channel God’s grace and healing love to those who suffer physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Healers are moved to be present with those who suffer. Healers pray for those who suffer, visit those who are ill, and are usually moved to extend a hand of comfort and touch to those who are afflicted. Healers give their time and energy to offering aid and comfort to others.

Helping:  Helping is a gift of support and behind-the-scenes effort that make groups, families, and congregations more effective. Not everyone is gifted to lead, but many are gifted to follow and handle the tasks that are so essential, but less glamorous. Helpers love to serve others, support others, and assist others in the important work of ministry and mission. Tireless in their willingness to serve, helpers are less interested in receiving thanks and recognition than in doing good, valuable work.

Interpretation of Tongues:  Those who are gifted to interpret tongues help build bridges across cultural, generational, and language divides. People who possess this gift have an innate ability to learn new languages and cultural practices, and can help others understand them as well.

Knowledge:  Those gifted with knowledge have a voracious and insatiable desire to learn more, and they seek multiple avenues for deepening their understanding of God’s world, God’s will, and God’s people.  The gift of knowledge allows people to automatically convert facts, data, and information into useful and important knowledge

Leadership:  The gift of leadership is a visionary, and forward looking gift that enables people to stay focused on where God might be leading us as individuals, congregations, and communities at any given time. Leaders look more to where we are going rather than where we currently are, or where we have been.

Miracles: Those gifted with miracles never doubt the power and presence of God in creation, and are able to help others see and believe in God’s power. The gift of miracles does not focus on the extraordinary, but sees the miraculous in the mundane and normal. By living in the spirit of the miraculous, people see God in nature, in relationships, in kind acts, and in the power of love.

Prophecy: The gift of prophecy is the ability to speak God’s word to others, or more appropriately to be open for God to speak God’s word through us. Prophets do not predict the future, but offer insight and perspective on current conditions and how things might turn out if changes aren’t made. Prophets are incisive, clear, and often controversial, communicators.

Servanthood: The gift servanthood is doing for others, sometimes to the exclusion of meeting personal needs. Servants look for ways to do for others both within and beyond the congregation and community. Servants do not choose to serve, but serve from a sense of identity and call. Gifted servants never feel put-upon or taken advantage of, but see each opportunity to do for others as a way to be true to self.

Shepherding:  The gift of shepherding is the gift of mentoring and providing spiritual guidance to others to help them develop in the discipleship and faith formation. Shepherds take an active and individualized interest in the life of faith of others.  Shepherds are good at asking provocative questions, recommending appropriate resources and experiences, and helping people find their own way to the next level of their development.

Teaching:  The gift of teaching allows people to transform data and information into life changing knowledge.  Teachers do not have to stand in front of a class to teach. Often gifted teachers communicate best in informal, one-on-one settings.  Good teachers transform more than they inform.

Tongues:  The gift of tongues is a communication gift that allows people to speak foreign languages and convey concepts they never formally studied.  People with this gift “pick up” the ability to communicate across barriers of language, culture, age, or physical limitation (some people with the gift of tongues work with the deaf or blind).  The identification of the gift of tongues as a “secret” prayer language is often misunderstood.

Wisdom:  The gift of wisdom allows people to understand deeper meaning and apply knowledge, beliefs, and experience to everyday situations. Wise, gifted individuals make connections and help others make them as well—to understand the implications of our beliefs and actions. Those gifted with wisdom often understand root causes of disagreements, conflict, and barriers to growth and development. People with wisdom help others understand and clarify options to make good decisions.

Curious about what gifts God has given you? Visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts-online-assessment for your assessment.