The GraceGifts spiritual gifts assessment included in AssessME.org is an important aspect of our ministry mobilization program. The Spiritual Gifts utilized within AssessME.org are listed in the side-menu. Unlike other spiritual gifts assessment tools, AssessME.org filters the practical ministry gifts through personality dynamics. We call these results: “Gift Expressions”. So for example, two people may assess with the gift of teaching. However, the first person is highly relational and so would prefer to use their teaching gift in a small-group or one-on-one. Whereas the second person may be highly task-driven, and so he/she values the content to be taught, preferring a classroom or large-group teaching environment. If we place these teachers within the wrong context, ignoring their Gift Expression which is informed by their personality, the task-driven teacher would likely damage the community of the small group, and the relational teacher would likely bore the classroom students due to the teacher’s lack of organization and passion for the subject.
So filtering gift results through personality dynamics is a crucial step to ensure that people are mobilized according to their created design. For this reason, we recommend that your people 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 effective ministry…serving from our strengths is a foundational team building and mobilization principle.
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 and para-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:
- Spiritual gifts are offered in two 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 A. 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 which your account administrator can easily turn-on with a click of a checkbox (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 dynamics, prior to completing the GraceGifts assessment.
- The Bible does not offer one definitive spiritual gift list. With 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 our 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 in a pastoral manner, with the individual.