Church's Power: Spiritual Gifts

There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. ... All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. (1 Cor. 12:6, 11)

Spiritual Gifts Release God's Power

Spiritual gifts are special divine empowerments given by the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for work/working, in the above verses, is "energeo" which looks a lot like the English word "energy". God gives His people the energy or power to operate according to His design and purposes. All believers have been given at least one spiritual gift to be used for the common good to the glory of God.

Leadership That's Empowered by God

While a church leader can be driven by personality in leadership or have been trained to be a leader, the potential to lead according to divine enablement through the use of spiritual gifts is what truly distinguishes church leaders from secular leadership. Gifts listed in the Bible that best fit church leadership are 1) Administration (1 Cor. 12:28), 2) Leadership (Rom. 12:8), and 3) Pastor (Eph. 4:11). -- The Leadership Ministry section of the site provides information you can read showing how these different gifts depict three types of leaders.

All Believers Gifted for Ministry

Leaders must understand God's design for everybody to do their part in the Body of Christ and function like they believe God's plan works. -- From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16) -- Check out resources to teach about spiritual gifts, help people identify their gifts, and recruit based on gifting: Spiritual Gifts Resources
The Steering the Church Toward God's Power Leadership Guide adds to the above content a list of four ways leaders can guide the process of functioning according to spiritual gifting. It also looks at eight other means through which God's power works in and through us.

Practical Outworking of Spiritual Gifting in Accomplishing Leadership Tasks & Responsibilities

The Train Church Leaders Practicum on this site gets practical about God's power at work through spiritual gifts used in the various leadership tasks and responsibilities. Click on links to read those posts.
Order the Ministry Handbook: Spiritual Gifts in Use for a download of most of that content plus more to help you delegate and recruit based on spiritual gifting.

Ministry Handbook for Spiritual Gifts in Use

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