Let’s get started with discovering how God has wired you, unique and different from anyone else, so that you can serve Him by serving others. Many factors work together to make your ministry perfect for you and therefore a fulfilling part of your walk with God. Among those factors are your Spiritual Gifts, your Experiences, your Relational Style, your Vocational (or other) Skills, and your Enthusiasm or Passion.
A good place to begin is in discovery of your Spiritual Gifts. By following this link you can take a short Spiritual Gifts Analysis that will then create a graph to point toward what might be your strongest Spiritual Gift. The whole process takes about 20 minutes. Be sure to write down what you discover. You may print out the results page, along with a whole lot of explanations about what the results mean. (The test is free, so don’t be surprised by the advertisements for materials!) Click HERE to get started!
“E” Because the sum of our life experiences are unique to us, we can choose to use them to minister in unique ways. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” Your past can be a guide to your future in service to others as you determine to give everything – including your experiences – to Him!
Your Relational Style is another way of saying “personality.” There are many ways to describe your personality, a popular one being the DISC Profile, which defines personality in one of four main personality types – Dominant (Takes initiative … decisive … goal oriented … authoritative … competitive … forceful), Influencing (Positive … Optimistic starter … confident … socially sensitive … verbally enthusiastic … trusting and affirming), Steady (Accommodating … Patient … Amiable … Calm … Good listener … Easy going), or Conscientious (Cautious … Precise … Thorough … Systematic thinker … Well-prepared … Perfectionist).
Every person has a personality mix; some are more extreme than others, but there is a little of each style in each of us. The question is, “How did God make me unique, and how can He use my personality to serve others and bring glory to Him?” It might be helpful or fun to see how you compare with others. The following online DISC assessment is easy, short, and free! It results in a graph and brief explanation that may serve to start you thinking about how to use your personality in ministry choice. Click HERE to get started!
“V” We each have skills, talents, and abilities, just like every person in the world, lost or saved. But we can choose to use these as a way to introduce others to God’s plan for their lives.
The final “E” in SERVE stands for “Enthusiasm.” Another word is “passion” – what excites you, turns you on? Can you use that passion in a ministry?