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Learn more about the different category types below.


Understanding your results...

Please read over the top three categories that you scored the highest in.

Administration

The ability to plan and direct details to accomplish goals. Persons with the gift of administration lead the body by guiding others to stay on task. Administration enables the body to organize according to God-given purposes and long-term goals (1 Corinthians 12:28).

Unique Characteristics

  • Develops or designs a strategy
  • Creates order

Qualities

  • Complete
  • Unbiased
  • Organized
  • Goal-focused

Cautions

  • Lack of flexibility
  • Lack seeing God in process when meeting a goal

Exhortation/

Encouragement

Possessors of this gift encourage members to be involved in and enthusiastic about the work of the Lord. Members with this gift are good counselors and motivate others to service. Exhortation exhibits itself in preaching, teaching, and ministry.

Unique Characteristics

  • Encourages the downhearted
  • Strengthens others to perform by sharing the Truth
  • Motivates others to grow in Christ

Qualities

  • Upbeat
  • Motivating
  • Encouraging

Cautions

  • Too optimistic or too simplistic
  • Encourages others when challeneg is necesssary

Evangelist

God gifts His church with evangelists to lead others to Christ effectively and enthusiastically. We are all called to evangelize as Christians. Christ gives the gifts to do the work of ministry. Some are called to be equippers as part of the gift of evangelism. This gift builds up the body by adding new members to its fellowship (Ephesians 4:11).

Unique Characteristics

  • Shares the gospel clearly
  • Ability to lead or train others
  • Challenge unbelievers

Qualities

  • Outgoing
  • Genuine
  • Highly regarded
  • Assured

Cautions

  • Remember the Holy Spirit wins someone to Christ
  • Listen to needs of people

Giving

Members with the gift of giving give freely and joyfully to the work and mission of the body. Cheerfulness and liberality are characteristics of individuals with this gift (Romans 12:8).

Unique Characteristics

  • Tries to be in control of their finances in order to give
  • Has ability to make money for God's work
  • Loves to help others in need

Qualities

  • Maintains budget
  • Benevolent

Cautions

  • Regard gift of giving as a superior gift
  • Not designed to guide decisions of the church by gift

Service/Helps

Those with the gift of service/helps recognize practical needs in the body and joyfully give assistance to meeting those need. Christians with this gift do not mind working behind the scenes (1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7)

Unique Characteristics

  • Highly supportive of others' gifts

Qualities

  • Accessible
  • Ready
  • Invaluable

Cautions

  • Have a hard time saying "no"
  • Don't set own agenda but follow leadership

Mercy

Cheerful acts of compassion characterize those with the gift of mercy. Persons with this gift aid the body by empathizing with hurting members. They keep the body healthy and unified by keeping others aware of the needs within the church (Romans 12:8).

Unique Characteristics

  • Tries to ease the pain or discomfort of others
  • Brings compassion and dignity to others in crisis

Qualities

  • Empathetic
  • Loving
  • Good hearted
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Cautions

  • Caution the anger factor due to others' suffering
  • Careful not to take on the pain to extremes

Prophecy

The gift of prophecy is proclaiming the Word of God boldly in timely fashion. This builds up the body and leads to conviction of sin. Prophecy manifests itself in preaching and teaching (1 Corinthians 12:10; Romans 12:6).

Unique Characteristics

  • Exposes deception in others
  • Shares truth that leads to conviction and repentance

Qualities

  • Discerning
  • Absolute
  • Candid
  • Unquestioned

Cautions

  • Can be perceived as too bold
  • Prophecy must align with Scripture

Shepherding

The gift of shepherding is manifested in persons who look out for the spiritual welfare of others. Although pastors, like shepherds, do care for members of the church, this gift is not limited to a pastor or staff member (Ephesians 4:11).

Unique Characteristics

  • Feels responsible to nurture others

Qualities

  • Influential
  • Guiding
  • Shielding
  • Caring

Cautions

  • Careful not to hinder others' walk in Christ
  • Don't be over-protective

Teaching

Teaching is instruction members in the truths and doctrines of God's Word for the purposes of building up, unifying, and maturing the body (1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7; Ephesians 4:11)).

Unique Characteristics

  • Communicates biblical truth for understanding
  • Likes to prepare and study

Qualities

  • Disciplined
  • Eloquent
  • Educable
  • Rational
  • Logical

Cautions

  • Avoid temptation to be prideful
  • Avoid being arrogant due to knowledge

What to do now?

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