Ministry Areas Using Your Spiritual Gifts 

Serving God in Ministries Based on Spiritual Gifting
 

spiritual gifts used in various ministries
 
 

Click on the ministry areas below the spiritual gift to look at primary ways to serve God through the exercise of that gift and a variety of possible tasks within those areas. Also find recommended books, sites, and articles to help equip you for ministry.

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administration
   Christian education
   staffing
   staff-support
 
apostle
   outreach
   visionary
 
discernment
   discernment
   prayer
   staffing
   staff-support
   visionary
 
evangelism
   outreach
 
exhortation
   benevolence/caring
   counseling
   shepherding
   speaking
   staffing
   staff-support
   teaching
   worship
 
faith
   prayer
   visionary
 
giving
   benevolence/caring
   worship
 
healing
   counseling
   prayer
 
helps
   clerical
   communications
   service-oriented
   staff-support
 
hospitality
   benevolence/caring
   hospitality
 
knowledge
   Christian education
   staff-support
   teaching
 
leadership
   Christian education
   visionary
 
mercy
   benevolence/caring
 
miracles
   prayer
 
missionary
   outreach
 
pastor
   shepherding
   staff-support
 
prophecy
   outreach
   speaking
 
service
   benevolence/caring
   clerical
   communications
   hospitality
   service-oriented
   staff-support
   worship
 
teaching
   Christian education
   speaking
   teaching
   worship
 
wisdom
   Christian education
   counseling
   staffing
   staff-support
   teaching

 

BENEVOLENCE / CARING MINISTRIES: 

While mercy and giving are the most obvious gifts to use in a benevolence type of ministry, certain ministries within it might also use the gifts of exhortation, hospitality or service. You might serve God in a caring ministry in these ways:

cards/flowers for special occasions, counselors, emergency child-care, emergency shelter, food & clothing distribution, financial assistance, greeters, provide meals, sick/shut-in, special needs, support-group, telephone contacting, transportation to services/doctors/store, visitation

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRIES: 

The gift of administration is most helpful for coordinating one of the following ministries. People with the leadership gift could help take these ministries to the next level but unless accompanied by the gift of administration or a personality bent toward administrative efficiency, they might struggle with doing what it takes to maintain or sustain these ministries. Teaching, wisdom, and/or knowledge also have a place in this area of ministry.

age-level coordinator, camp director, children's director, children's church coordinator, children's club coordinator, director of Christian education, special education coordinator, Sunday School superintendent, VBS director, youth director

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CLERICAL MINISTRIES: 

Helps and service are the most commonly used spiritual gifts in these ministry tasks:

bulletin, church directory, computer, copying, record-keeping (financial, attendance), letter writing, telephoning, typing

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COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRIES: 

People with the gifts of helps and/or service might find themselves involved in these ways:

audiovisual aids, drama, film/video making, graphic arts, illustrating, letter writing, music, newsletter, photography, publicity, radio-TV directing, sound system, telephoning

Graphics, Promotional,
  Publishing, Signage, Software:

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COUNSELING MINISTRIES: 

While exhortation tends to be the most prominently used gift to counsel, the gifts of wisdom and healing might also be used. (People might need emotional healing, not just physical.)

care-group, crises, discipleship, family, financial, group, individual, pastoral, peer, telephone intervention

Ministry Manuals:

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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DISCERNMENT MINISTRIES: 

Obviously the spiritual gift of discernment would be the main gift used in this kind of ministry.

assessment, consultation, doctrinal purity, evaluation, prayer-seeking, research

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HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES: 

In addition to those with the hospitality gift, people with the gift of service could find themselves doing related tasks.

entertaining, greeters, host a brunch, coffee or tea, lodging, meals, open house, parties of various purposes, reception desk, singles' gatherings, visitation, youth get-togethers

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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OUTREACH MINISTRIES: 

People gifted as evangelists and missionaries would be involved in outreach, but so might someone with the gift of apostle or prophecy.

baptisms, church planting, door-to-door, evangelistic events, group witness, inner-city, invitation counselor, missionary, one-on-one witness, park ministry, street evangelism, support missionaries (visit, letters, contacts), tract distribution, visitation, visitor follow-up(letters, phone calls, visits), web evangelism

Ministry Manuals:

Supplies:

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PRAYER MINISTRIES: 

The primary gifts used in prayer ministry would be discernment, faith, healing, and miracles. While some might list intercessory prayer as a spiritual gift, the Bible does not include it in its gifts lists.

intercessor, lead in prayer, prayer base, spiritual warfare, telephone

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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SERVICE-ORIENTED MINISTRIES: 

People with the gifts of helps and service are the most likely to be involved in these kinds of ministry tasks:

building maintenance, cleaning, clean-up, cooking, deacon/-ness, decorating, landscaping, library, repair work, sewing, social planning, transportation, usher

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES: 

While pastor is the prime gifting for this ministry area, exhortation can also find expression through these types of ministries:

care-group, director of any target group (i.e. men/women, singles, youth, etc.), discipleship, elder, home fellowship leader, mentoring, overseer of staff, pastor

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SPEAKING MINISTRIES: 

Gifting primarily used in speaking include exhortation, prophecy, and teaching.

announcements, invitations, lead in prayer, reading Scripture, sermon, sermonettes/short exhortations, teaching

Ministry Manuals:

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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STAFFING MINISTRIES: 

Administration is needed for effective staffing but discernment, exhortation and wisdom would also benefit the accomplishment of some of these tasks:

gift assessment, interviewing, needs assessment, placement, recruitment, training

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STAFF-SUPPORT MINISTRIES: 

People with the spiritual gift of helps often find themselves in a staff-support role. A variety of other gifts might also be used in this type of ministry, depending on the task, including administration, discernment, exhortation, knowledge, pastor, service, and wisdom.

assistant, child-care, clerical, consultant, counselor, deacon/-ness, encourager, implementer, office worker, organizing and maintenance of resources and supplies, prayer, researcher

Types of Support:

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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TEACHING MINISTRIES: 

People who enjoy teaching often think they must have the gift of teaching but they might be gifted with exhortation. Knowledge and wisdom could also be useful in this kind of ministry.

Bible study group, discipleship (esp. small group), helper, new-converts or new-members class teacher, training

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VISIONARY MINISTRIES: 

Someone with the gift of leadership, faith or apostle are most likely to pursue this type of ministry. These tasks could also benefit from discernment.

church planter, consultant, elder, leaders in all other ministries, overseer, pastor, research, special projects, steering committee for new ministry initiatives, strategic planning

Other Equipping & Ideas Resources:

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WORSHIP MINISTRIES :

Some of the gifts most commonly used in worship ministry include exhortation, giving, service and teaching.

communion, giving, music, prayer, reading of Scripture, testimony

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