Spiritual Gift of Disciple-Making
A Spiritual Gift Definition by AssessME.org
The spiritual gift of Disciple Maker generally concerns the healthy spiritual development of people within their circle of influence. A gifted Disciple Maker will often display the ministry traits of Pastor and Teacher. The gifted Disciple Maker prefers to minister to small groups or within a one-on-one mentoring relationship. The gifted Disciple Maker is skilled at developing deep interpersonal relationships, values biblical knowledge, and likes to help others identify and achieve spiritual development goals.
Depending upon the personality traits of the Disciple Maker, he/she will usually prefer to use their gift in one of the following three gift expressions:
The Spiritual Gift of Disciple-Maker as a Bible Instructor. Biblical instructors care about people, but they prefer to focus on communicating biblical concepts and truths to people. Biblical Instructors make excellent Bible study leaders, Sunday school teachers and small group leaders when the need of the small group is for instruction rather than pastoral care. In Acts 8:26-40, Philip utilizes his gift of Disciple Maker in an instructor capacity when he conducts a Bible study with the Ethiopian leader. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
The Spiritual Gift of Disciple-Maker as a Pastoral Shepherd. Pastoral Shepherding has more to do with caring for and nurturing small groups of Christ Followers than it does with “running a church”. Pastoral Shepherds passionately care for the welfare of the group as well as the individuals that comprise the group. In Acts 20:27-32, Paul gives his instructions to the Ephesian pastoral leaders: “Guard yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood…”. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
The Spiritual Gift of Disciple-Maker as a Personal Mentor. Personal Mentors invest their lives into the lives of others. They prefer intense one-on-one relationships. They feel a personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of their disciples. The account of Priscilla, Aquilla and Apollos in Acts 18:24-28 is an excellent example of Personal Mentorship. Pricilla and Aquilla invited Apollos to live with them while they mentored and instructed him. This intense mentorship was exactly what Apollos required in order to be biblically and spiritually prepared to support the ministry of the Apostle Paul. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.