Spiritual Gifts Test
The spiritual gifts assessment included in AssessME.org is an
important aspect of our ministry mobilization program.
Unlike other spiritual gifts assessment tools, AssessME.org filters the
practical ministry gifts through personality dynamics.
We call this technique, "personality filtered giftedness".
This is a crucial step to ensure that people are mobilized according to their
created design. For example, your ministry leaders may search for Teachers or
for a subset of relationally focused teachers called Small Group Instructors.
For this reason, we recommend that you take the Personality test and Leadership
Style test prior to taking our Grace Gifts spiritual gifts assessment.
Serving from Our Strengths
Another powerful feature of the Grace Gifts spiritual gifts test is that the
report format focuses on the top six gifts listings for each individual and only
tracks the top three listings for purposes of team building. It is essential
that Christ's people be affirmed for the strengths that God has given them and
that team building within Christ's Church is based upon those strengths.
People who serve out of weaker spiritual gift areas will always experience
higher levels of stress, lower levels of satisfaction, and limited
effectiveness. While the Bible says, "when we are weak, God is strong", the
whole reason for exploring Spiritual Gifts is to learn how God is working and
empowering people for ministry...a foundational team building principle.
In addition, spiritual gifts should always be interpreted in light on each
individual's personality test results. Our personality profile defines how we
use and express the spiritual gifts God gives us.
Spiritual Gifts Debate
Significant confusion exists around the topic of spiritual gifts. Well meaning
Christians differ on the number available, their definitions and application.
AssessME.org respects this theological debate and it is not our intent to take
sides. Designed exclusively for ministry mobilization of church members,
AssessME.org is not intended to serve as a platform for biblical instruction. It
is the responsibility of the local church pastor to interpret and apply the
spiritual gifts as they believe God intends.
As a human-resource tool for the local church, AssessME.org is designed to
support the following principles.
First, Spiritual gifts are represented in two distinct categories:
personality-dependent gifts and self-evident gifts
Self-evident gifts, also know as "Revelatory Gifts" are generally understood to
be tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, etc. In his book, "Made for a
Mission", David Posthuma describes the nature of revelatory gifts on page 183:
"A second category of spiritual giftedness exists that is strictly revelatory in
nature. In other words, God "reveals" them through us only at the moment the
specific gifts are needed. The revelatory gifts are distinctly different in
nature from the practical ministry gifts. While the practical gifts are
augmentations of our created nature and their utilization is filtered through
our personalities, this is not the case with revelatory gifts. Instead, they are
used in the moment as directed by the Holy Spirit. For example, a Christ
follower may have a sudden and overwhelming awareness that God desires her to
pray over someone for their healing. When she prays for the individual, God in
turn heals. The Christ follower may or may not ever again be able to repeat the
use of such a miraculous gift. Nor does her personality dictate how the prayer
for healing should occur. When referring to revelatory gifts, it may be more
accurate to communicate that "God has used me to heal others," rather than "I
have the gift of healing." Revelatory gifts are not something that we can
possess. They are not natural to our humanity. These "grace gifts" are extended
to us in such a manner that human beings can never take credit for them. They
are clear and unadulterated penetrations of the divine into our fallen world.
Revelatory gifts may include: Healing, Word of Knowledge, Prophecy, Speaking
Publicly in Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues. Some theologians also
include Exorcism within the revelatory list". If God has worked through an
individual in such a manner, then that person would definitely be aware of this
fact. For this reason, the default setting for assessing spiritual gifts within
AssessME.org does not include self-evident (revelatory) gifts. However, the
AssessME.org program does support assessing self-evident giftedness as a system
option (See "Center Options" within your ministry's administrative account).
Personality-dependent gifts are often called "practical gifts" or "service
gifts". Our God-given personality influences how we apply our various
service-gifts. For example, if an individual assessed to have the gift of
teaching, their personality would define whether they would serve best within a
small group (highly relational) or within a classroom (highly task-oriented). If
we fail to filter assessed gift results through personality dynamics, we risk
mobilizing people into inappropriate ministry positions. AssessME.org allows the
end-user to drill-down and identify how their giftedness is "expressed" (Note:
Gift Expressions are sub-categories of general gift categories) based
personality dynamics and other practical factors. For this reason, AssessME.org
strongly encourages system users to take the ePersonality and Leadership Style
assessments, which focus upon personality influence-style dynamics, prior to
completing the GraceGifts assessment.
Second, the Bible does not offer one definitive spiritual gift list.
this understanding, AssessME.org should be utilized as a human resource tool for
the local church, designed to help mobilize every willing Christ follower into
ministry service. Our program prioritizes God-given personality traits and
encourages system users to evaluate their spiritual gifts through the lens of
their God-given personality and leadership style.
The use of three distinct assessment tools provides an intentional
check-and-balance with one another, ensuring the accuracy of the assessment
results. When an inconsistency between the three assessments exists, leaders are
encouraged to explore the inconsistency pastorally with the lay leader.
Explore the Personality-dependent service spiritual gifts
Explore the revelatory (self-evident) spiritual gifts