God's Power: Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts are Special Divine Empowerments Given by the Holy Spirit

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

Spiritual Gifts for Leadership

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.
The Spiritual Gift of Administration - 1 Corinthians 12:28
Greek word: kubernesis - to steer, guide, helmsmen (A helmsman is in charge of getting the ship to its destination.)
The Spiritual Gift of Leadership - Romans 12:8
Greek word: proistemi - to stand before, to preside, be over (literally the one who stands upfront)
The Spiritual Gift of Pastor - Ephesians 4:11
Greek word: poimen - a shepherd, pastor; one who tends herds or flocks
The Leadership Ministry section of the MinTools.com site provides information you can read showing how these different gifts depict three types of leaders.

Spiritual Gifts for All Members

Leaders must understand that God's plan is for everybody to do their part in the Body of Christ.
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)
Leaders must function like they believe God's plan works.
  • This means helping people identify their spiritual gifts so they know the part God has given them.
  • This means equipping people to do their part.
    It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Eph. 4:11-12)
  • This means delegating ministry tasks to people appropriately gifted rather than trying to do too much yourself.
  • This means holding people accountable to do their part.
    Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)
Leaders must take the responsibility of guiding the process of functioning as a Body through God's power inherent in spiritual gifting.

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