How the Spiritual Gifts Model Works

First, the Holy Spirit impresses me, myself, as to something I could do to better up what I experience at church.

Then, I volunteer. I do not neglect my gifts in a game called, "Waiting to be asked."

I volunteer my own services, not someone else's, and not contingent on someone else's money or resources or compliance.

I pray for and seek a mentor in my chosen area of ministry.

I particiapte in a small group where I can share openly regarding the development of my spiritual gifts.

I experiment with my gift and remain open to suggestions, courageous to mistakes.

My gift will probably need development; it is not given in full bloom.

My gift will be affirmed as filling a specific need of the church.

If there is no perceived need for it, that particular gift of mine may have to wait.

Small parts of my ministry may be distasteful but necessary.

I may find some distasteful things pleasant when done for the Lord.

As a whole, I will find my ministry enjoyable, even fulfilling to certain of my own needs.

If I find I cannot carry through or the work really is not in line with my gifts, I just de-volunteer, with no penalty, by telling the persons in charge.

My decision about how much I can do for the church is based on my gifts, regardless of how much anyone else does, --or doesn''t.

Every member is a minister. I do have some ministry for the church, and it is my responsibility under God to find it.

No member, not even the pastor, may dictate to another what is that person's duty for the church.

Because it is foreign to our nature, this way of empowering rather than controlling may leave some with a feeling of disorganization, which will pass in time as we learn to lean on the Holy Spiriit's control.

I also search for a place to use my spiritual gifts in a community volunteer setting, a setting additional to my profession or job, for the purpose of intentional mingling as an experiment dedicated to God.