When it comes to spiritual-gifts resources, the best book I’ve found is Patricia D. Brown’s SpiritGifts. The practical part is that it’s about not only gifts discovery, but also finding a place to use one’s gifts in ministry and to work together as a ministry team. It also defines spiritual gifts as distinct from talents, abilities, works of ministry, and roles.
But what I like best is how Brown describes the gifts and puts them into three categories:
Gifts of word – what we say,
Gifts of deed – what we do, and
Gifts of sign – ways and signs that point to God.
Get her book to read the refreshing gift definitions, but note how she clusters them in a helpful way:
Gifts of word – Apostleship, encouragement, evangelism, knowledge, pastoring, prophecy, teaching, and wisdom.
Gifts of deed – Assisting, compassion, faith, giving, and leadership.
Gifts of sign – Discernment, healing, interpretation, miracles, and tongues.
She also unpacks the meaning of every gifts with a paragraph about someone with that gift in the Bible, and a following paragraph that describes a person with that gift today.
I’ve used SpiritGifts as the basis for an all-church retreat. But Brown suggests multiple ways to use it, including as a class for group leaders and for new members, and as a way of clustering like-gifted people in small-group ministries. A creative approach!
Your partner in ministry,