As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – 1 Peter 4:10
Read through this short (but not inexhaustible) list of spiritual gifts and pray-fully consider which ones you have. Seek to grow in the gifts that God has entrusted you with to maximize your potential, glorify God, and serve the church.
1. Administration—The divine capacity to understand what makes an organization tick, and the
special ability to plan and execute procedures so that ministry goals are accomplished (1 Cor. 12:28; Titus 1:5).
2. Entrepreneur—The divine capacity to start and oversee new churches or ministry structures
(Rom. 1:5; 15:20).
3. Creative Communication—The divine capacity to communicate God’s truth through a
variety of art forms (Ps. 150; 1 Cor. 14:26).
4. Discernment—The divine capacity to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, and
pure from impure motives (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 John 4:1-6).
5. Encouragement—The divine capacity to give strength, support, or comfort (Rom. 12:8; Acts
6. Evangelism—The divine capacity to effectively communicate the gospel so that unbelievers
respond in faith to Christ (Eph. 4:11; Luke 19:10).
7. Faith—The divine capacity to act on God’s promises with confidence and a steadfast belief
in God’s ability to provide (Rom. 4:18-21; 1 Cor. 12:9).
8. Giving—The divine capacity to cheerfully give money and resources beyond a “tithe” to the work of the Lord (Rom. 12:8; 2 Cor. 8:1-5).
9. Helps—The divine capacity to meet the practical needs of others so that they, in turn, are free
to pursue their own calling (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28).
10. Hospitality—The divine capacity to care for people by making them feel welcome,
comfortable, and accepted (Rom. 12:13; 1 Pet. 4:9-10).
11. Intercession—The divine capacity to pray consistently on the behalf of and for other people,
often seeing specific answers to prayers (Rom. 8:26-27; 1 Tim. 2:1-2).
12. Leadership—The divine capacity to communicate vision, motivate, and direct people to
accomplish the purposes of God (Rom. 12:8; Heb. 13:7,17).
13. Mercy—The divine capacity to detect hurt, feel compassion, and give practical help to those
who are hurting or in need (Rom. 12:8; Matt. 5:7).
14. Prophecy—The divine capacity to proclaim truth in a relevant, timely manner for the
purposes of understanding, edification, correction, or repentance (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10).
15. Shepherding—The divine capacity to guide and nurture people to grow in their faith and
become more like Christ (1 Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 20:28).
16. Teaching—The divine capacity to clearly explain and apply God’s Word, producing spiritual
growth in the lives of the hearers (Rom. 12:6-8; 2 Tim. 2:2).
17. Wisdom—The divine capacity to apply spiritual truth effectively so that it meets a specific
need in a specific situation (1 Cor. 12:8; Jam. 3:13-18).