18 months ago I had an occasion to lay out my own personal views on a series of short topics … in about 200 words or less! Over the summer I’ve been rethinking a few things, so I thought I would reformulate these and put them here for comment or critique. (other posts in this series: on leadership, on preaching and worship, and on a vision for ministry).
<200 words on personal gifts, strengths, and skills for ministry
As best as Iâ€™ve been able to discern, my gifts from the Lord lie in teaching, faith, discipleship, leading. That means reflecting on God and our situation to see both where we are currently and where we need to go. I love to spend time in deep relationships, learn, think, read widely, and let it all trickle down into my teaching and training of others. I have a strong inner drive and a strategic brain that is constantly thinking “next steps.” I enjoy being upfront and finding the right words to communicate to both heads and hearts. Opening up personal conversations and discipling others (whether 1-on-1 or in smaller groups) have been constant themes in my personal life and ministry. â€œSuccessâ€ in ministry through these gifts means serving others in a way that enables them to grasp the vision of God and life in his kingdom. That leads them to take a transformed life into the game and use Godâ€™s gifting to play their own part in his unfolding work.
Now it’s your turn. What are your own God-given gifts and strengths? How has he shaped you? When do you feel “most fully alive” and glorify God?