What do the circles in this image have in common?
They are all spiritual gifts, but only 9 of the potential 25 spiritual gifts listed in the Bible.
Within these nine gifts, some have more in common than others.
Though they all have different functions, they are all needed within the Body of Christ. They are all important.
I’ve heard some people bemoan the fact that they didn’t appear to have leadership or speaking types of gifts. Their function was more along the lines of clerical, communications, facilities and grounds maintenance, hospitality, staff support, technical services, or other service-oriented types of ministries like usher, transportation, or working in the church library.
The thought was that they didn’t have as important or as impacting of a ministry. Leadership types of gifts help provide direction and coordination in the church. Speaking types of gifts are used to nurture and build us up. What real difference will they, with serving gifts, ever make?
But, look at God’s assessment in 1 Corinthians 12:22 — “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” Serving types of gifts are actually used in ministries that tend to hold church life together. As it states in the Nuts and Bolts Ministries training section of this site, so much of the church’s life would tend to fall apart or be less effective without these gifts.
The image above purposely mixed the gifts up rather than listing each of the same color in a row to illustrate that there is no hierarchy when it comes to ministering with our spiritual gifts, just different functions. We all work side by side. Everyone is needed and everyone is important.