Spiritual Gift Assessment

God has given every Christian at least one spiritual gift!


Do you know what is yours? 


If you do not know or it has been awhile since you thought about the spiritual gift(s) that God may have given to you then FBC invites you to invest the time to find out.  The two main purposes of spiritual gifts are to equip God's people to do His work in and through us (Eph. 4:7-12) and to serve people (1 Peter 4:10).


Often times, man-made tests highlight an individual's personality, talents or learned behaviors that is why we ask you to invite 1-2 other Christians to take the assessment on your behalf. Spiritual gifts are best discerned through seeking God in prayer, the Word and the affirmation of others. 


May God use this assessment as a tool to help you in that process. 


Once you take the spiritual gift assessment there will be a description of the spiritual gifts. 




Take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Assess yourself AND allow two other Christ-followers (spouse, family member or friend) to assess yourself. It is important to remember that the most reliable indicator of a spiritual gift is the affirmation of these personal characteristics by others.

1. When I see something that needs to be done, I take initiative without being asked.

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2. When I hear about the lost, I am immediately prompted to pray.

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3. I enjoy helping people in need by sharing my resources with them.

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4. When circumstances seem to be spinning out of control, I am always confident that God is in control.

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5. I have the ability to explain biblical truth in such a way that it brings others to repentance.

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6. Friends often come to me for advice when they have an important decision to make.

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7. I find it gratifying to spend hours reading and studying.

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8. I enjoy meeting new people.

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9. I enjoy giving my time to meet a personal need of someone else.

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10. I have the ability to motivate others to take the next step in their spiritual journey.

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11. Friends say that I am loyal and available in their time of need.

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12. I enjoy seeing others realize their potential in Christ.

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13. I am keenly aware of my surroundings and I am usually not surprised when I hear new information.

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14. I prefer to communicate with facts based on understanding of scripture rather than on feelings.

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15. I enjoy helping others combine their talents to accomplish a common objective.

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16. I approach issues with a logical and methodical method of problem solving.

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17. I look for ways to accommodate others.

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18. I share the Gospel every chance I get.

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19. I often save money to help others who are less fortunate.

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20. My friends would describe me as down to earth and trusting.

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21. Sometimes I am so honest with others that I may offend them.

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22. I sometimes find it difficult to convince others that the consequences of their decision may be negative.

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23. I enjoy explaining new concepts and ideas to others.

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24. My home is open for friends to drop in.

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25. It is just as exciting for me to help others succeed as it is to work toward accomplishing a personal goal.

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26. I readily see positive qualities in people and enjoy affirming them.

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27. I empathize with others' feelings and pain.

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28. I have a difficult time telling people only what they want to hear.

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29. Friends come to me to process issues because I have the ability to see beyond the obvious.

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30. Friends say that I have the ability to rise above stressful situations and remain objective.

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31. I love pursuing new and visionary goals.

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32. The details necessary to accomplish a goal seem obvious to me.

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33. I love to contribute to ministry from behind the scenes and would rather not be recognized for my efforts.

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34. My friends say that I have a unique ability to channel conversations and talk to folks about Jesus.

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35. Friends say that I am generous.

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36. When I pray, I am assured that God hears me and I trust that His grace is sufficient for me.

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37. I prefer straightforward, direct communication and avoid conversational fluff.

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38. I have the ability to envision the ultimate outcome of today's plans and decisions.

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39. Friends often ask me to help them comprehend complex ideas.

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40. Friends say that I make people feel at home no matter where they are.

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41. I keep my calendar flexible so that I can be available to help others if something unforeseen happens.

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42. Friends often talk to me when they need support and encouragement.

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43. I have the ability to bring comfort to others in their darkest moments.

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44. Friends say that I have the ability to see gifts and abilities in others.

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45. I read non-verbal communication, body language and facial expressions well.

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46. I regularly share information with others about life issues which reveal God's faithfulness.

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47. Friends say I have the ability to sort through information and come to a decision that considers everyone's needs.

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48. Time-management is one of my strengths.

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49. I am not selective about which tasks I am assigned, as long as I am helping, that's all that matters.

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50. It saddens me deeply to hear that people have never heard the Gospel.

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51. I live a simple lifestyle as an example for others to use their resources wisely.

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52. People who know me well would say that my devotion to God allows me to accept any situation.

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53. I say things out loud that others are thinking but are afraid to say.

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54. Friends tell me that I have insight into situations that most people don't recognize.

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55. I have the ability to break down complicated processes into simple steps.

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56. I often greet people I don't know with a friendly "hello" and a smile.

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57. Friends describe me as compassionate and understanding.

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58. Sometimes I seem insincere to people because I am so positive.

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59. I try to go the extra mile to keep peace and harmony in relationships.

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60. I am motivated to protect others and help them avoid choices that will detract from their spiritual growth.

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61. I have the ability to determine if spiritual activity is from the Holy Spirit or from demonic influence.

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62. I have the ability to provide personal guidance that is founded in principles from God's Word.

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63. I naturally look at challenges from a big picture perspective.

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64. Sometimes I am too analytical and think too much.

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65. Friends say that I am faithful to follow through on my commitments.

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66. I regularly pray for people in my circle of influence who do not know Christ.

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67. I look for opportunities to give financially to the church over and above my usual tithes and offerings.

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68. I rarely worry about circumstances because I know that God has everything taken care of.

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69. I have the ability to discuss spiritual principles with others so that they examine their spiritual lives.

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70. Issues that seem clear to me are often confusing to others.

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71. I find it easy to explain ideas in a variety of creative ways so that they are easily understood by others.

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72. When I grocery shop I often purchase extra food for a spur of the moment get together.

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73. I am perceptive to the needs of others and find joy in serving.

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74. I look for ways to help others realize their unique abilities.

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75. I enjoy ministering to those who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged.

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76. I enjoy preparing and equipping others for ministry opportunities.

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77. I readily identify false doctrinal statements.

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78. I often draw from my personal experiences as a Christ-follower to guide others in their spiritual journey.

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79. I delegate important tasks to others who are able to contribute to the success of the mission.

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80. I have the ability to organize people and resources to efficiently accomplish an objective.

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Spiritual Gifts Assessment Results

After you click the "Calculate Your Totals" button, you will see a number by each spiritual gift. The highest scoring areas represent personal aptitude for gift-driven ministry.

Service: 0 Prophesy: 0 Helps: 0 Discernment: 0
Evangelism: 0 Wisdom: 0 Encouragement: 0 Knowledge: 0
Giving: 0 Teaching: 0 Mercy: 0 Leadership: 0
Faith: 0 Hospitality: 0 Pastor/Shepherd: 0 Administration: 0

Spiritual Gifts Purposes and Descriptions:

Now that you have completed the spiritual gifts assessment, you may be wondering what it all means. It is important to know that God can use people with any set of gifts at any time to accomplish His purposes on the earth. God’s Word does not provide detailed definitions of these gifts and the descriptions below are written from a collection of resources and observations from Christians.

What is my next step? Find the three spiritual gifts that you scored the highest on and read about them below. Pray for an opportunity to use these gifts in ministry and ask about specific ways you can serve with the FBC faith family. You may visit our website for specifics on how you can use your spiritual gift to serve and plug in at FBC.

What are the Spiritual Gifts? Twenty spiritual gifts are referenced in the New Testament in the writings of the Apostle Paul. These gifts are listed in Eph. 4:11, Rom. 12:3-7, & 1 Cor. 12:1-12, 28. They are:

Prophecy Knowledge Service Hospitality
Teaching Faith Encouragement Miracles
Helps Discernment Giving Healing
Administration Evangelism Leadership Tongues
Wisdom Pastor/Shepherd Mercy Interpretation

The gifts listed in the italicized text above were not reflected in the survey. The rationale for not including the following gifts in the assessment is that they are self-revealing. If you have the gift of tongues and interpretation, you follow the biblical model for speaking in tongues or interpreting; healing and miracles, you witness miracles and healing when you pray. All spiritual gifts revealed in scripture are within the power of the Holy Spirit to distribute; some don't require an assessment to be discovered. Other gifts are less obvious and require a more in-depth look. The purpose of a spiritual gifts survey is to take an in-depth look at what characteristics are likely to match the description of a particular spiritual gift. It is important to remember that the most reliable indicator of a spiritual gift is the affirmation of these personal characteristics by others.

HOW ARE THE VARIOUS SPIRITUAL GIFTS DEFINED?

Prophecy
The gift of prophecy is defined as verbally proclaiming biblical truths by the Spirit of God that aligns with the Word of God which brings encouragement or conviction in such a way that hearers must do something about it (1 Cor. 12:8). People who have this gift are used to reveal the vision and heart of God to and for the people of God to follow and engage in. They also need to be aware of the tendency that if this gift is not tempered with humility one can become self-important and become an example of speaking the truth without love.


Teaching
The gift of teaching is defined as the ability to explain biblical principles so that others understand and can apply them God's timeless Word to their lives (1 Cor. 12:28). People who have this gift makes others want to study, read, and mediate on God's Word more because as they help others to see God's Word is a must for them to know and live by its authority. They also need to be aware of the tendency that if they are not in the Word and prayer continually they will be just going through the motions and teaching will just become a duty.


Helps
The gift of helps is defined as the ability to perceive the needs of others and act with a joyful heart to meet those needs even if it requires personal sacrifice (I Cor. 12:28). People with this gift help increase the effectiveness of how God has created them to glorify Him by making disciples of all people groups. They also need to be aware of the tendency to find their worth and significance in others.


Administration
The gift of administration is defined as the ability to utilize people, resources, and time to effectively and efficiently accomplish ministry objectives (1 Cor. 12:28). People with this gift knows how to put things in order and keep them in order so that God's vision continues to be accomplished. They also need to be aware of the tendency to put relationships on the back burner and overly focuses on the steps and not the big picture.


Wisdom
The gift of wisdom is defined as the ability to offer wise and knowledgeable counsel based on biblical truth in a variety of situations (1 Cor. 12:8). People with this gift have incredible spiritual insight in helping people make wise decisions in light of one's past, current responsibilities, and future hopes and dreams seem obvious. They also need to be aware of the tendency to confuse their own insight with God's insight when they are feeling insecure.


Knowledge
The gift of knowledge is defined as a deep sensitivity to the gleaning of wisdom from life lessons and the ability to articulate this knowledge to the growth and well-being of a person, family, or a body of believers at the right time (1 Cor. 12:8). People with this gift can see a complicated situation and understand with Holy Spirit illumination what biblical truth applies to the situation to give clarity. They also need to be aware of the tendency to use this gift to draw attention to themselves and believe they always have the answers and therefore lose sight of the over-arching purpose of all spiritual gifts which is to build people up in the faith.


Faith
The gift of faith is defined as complete confidence and assurance that God accomplishes the best outcomes with the best methods in spite of the circumstances (1 Cor. 12:9). People with this gift actively encourage other Christians to realize the promises of God. They also need to be aware of the tendency to look down or grow impatient with those who don't see what they see.


Discernment
The gift of discernment is defined as the ability to determine whether an influence or a truth originated from the Holy Spirit, the devil, or just our selfish nature (1 Cor. 12:10). People who have this gift have a deep love for God's One Church and so they do not want to see disunity, confusion, or false teaching penetrate the Church. They also need to be aware of the tendency that they can become self-appointed truth-finders.


Evangelism
The gift of evangelism is defined as the ability to redirect conversations and discussions to emphasize and reveal a clear picture of the God's glorious and beautiful message which calls the hearer to understand God's grace is a gift that cannot be earned and yet at the same time one has to embrace Jesus' costly terms to follow Him in order to become a Christian (Ephesians 4:11) People who have this gift are quite often fearless and ready to take on difficult situations to share Jesus. They also need to be aware of the tendency to view other aspects of ministry as a less important or forget the heart of evangelism is relying on the Holy Spirit to direct their questions and conversations instead of going through a formula type of evangelism.


Pastor/Shepherd
The gift of pastor/shepherd is defined as the ability to nurture, encourage, and empower others to be fully surrendered to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives as they are being transformed into the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:11). People who have this gift have the God-given ability to care, protect, and lead people to their ultimate and perfect pastor/shepherd -- Jesus Christ. They also need to be aware of the tendency to try to make everyone happy or to take advantage of people's trust.


Service
The gift of service is defined as the ability to cheerfully sacrifice time and make a personal investment which honors the needs, desires and goals of others that is related in a task to God's work (Romans 12:7). People with this gift are eager to do whatever needs to be done and can usually see what that is. They also need to be aware of the tendency that they can become so busy with serving that they forget about the people whom they are serving.


Encouragement
The gift of encouragement/exhortation is defined as the ability to offer words of encouragement and challenges from God's Word so that others can see and fulfill God's vision to glorify Him by making disciples of all people groups, to know the fullness of God's love that He has for them, and to continue to pursue spiritual transformation(Romans 12:8). People who have this gift constantly wonder about what does God want to say to another person through me? They also need to be aware of the tendency to get discouraged if they do not receive any feedback to the words they shared.


Giving
The gift of giving is defined as the supernatural ability to give joyfully and sacrificially to meet the needs of others all-the-while living simply so that their local and global neighbors can simply live (Romans 12:8). People with this gift rarely thinks about what the money given away might do for themselves. They also need to be aware of the tendency to control people, churches, and ministries through the use of the money God has given to them.


Leadership
The gift of leadership is defined as the ability to cast vision, effectively communicate, and unify the diverse gifts of others to accomplish a common purpose for the glory of God (Romans 12:8). People with this gift see what could be in God's kingdom fueled by the conviction it should be. They also need to be aware of the tendency of trying to lead alone.


Mercy
The gift of mercy is defined as the ability to empathize with the pain, struggles and suffering of others while comforting them with kindness, patience and love of God (Romans 12:8). People who have this gift are drawn to people's hurts and desire to walk with them through their pain. They also need to be aware of the tendency to downplay or ignore what truly needs to change in a person and that consequences are great teachers of life lessons.


Hospitality
The gift of hospitality is defined as the ability to make others feel welcome (Romans 12:13). This gift is often combined with such natural talents like cooking, event planning, and interior design. People who have this gift view their home as a place of ministry and enjoy inviting people over. God has enabled them a longing to share their home, personal space and resources without communicating a need of performance or an expectation of anything in return. They also need to be aware of the tendency to that being hospitable is behind the scenes and they actually want to hide behind the scenes.