How has the Holy Spirit gifted you? I don't know if you have ever sat down and thought about that question, but if you haven't, you should. Knowing your gifts is crucial to understanding how you will love and serve the body of Christ. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my own spiritual gifts and how I can prioritize my time doing what the Holy Spirit has gifted me in the most. As one of the pastors at Forest Hills Baptist Church, I'm constantly thinking how our church can take all the varying gifts of our congregation and put our volunteers in place for maximum kingdom impact. This idea of church members working together in their gifts for the sake of the Gospel is demonstrated by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12.
Paul uses an analogy and compares the church to a human body. Paul says that like each member of the body is unique and serves a specific purpose, so should the church resemble this structure. As a leader, this means putting people where they are most gifted. For example, you don't want to put someone with the gift of hospitality in charge of the church budget, rather you'd want to maximize their gifting by placing them in a home group ministry or on the welcoming team.
When each member of the church are using the gifts the Spirit has given them, it truly is a miraculous thing. All different people, with different personalities, and different talents and abilities, coming together for one purpose and one purpose only, the advancement of the Gospel
What has the Holy Spirit gifted you? How can you maximize your gifts for the greatest kingdom impact in your local congregation?
As a leader in your church, how can you restructure things so that your volunteers are able to fully use their gifts?