Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire


This is the questionnaire for the series "How to Discover your Spiritual Gift(s)."
 

The Gifts of the Spirit

Romans 12:6-8

Gift

Definition

Prophesying

The ability to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely anointed utterance.

Serving

The ability to identify the unmet needs involved in a task related to Godís work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired goals.

Teaching

 

The special ability that God gives to communicate information, relevant to the health and ministry of the Body of Christ and its members in such a way that others will learn and be edified.

Exhortation

 

A gift that enables someone to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, counsel, and reproof to other people in such a way that they are helped, healed, or convicted to turn from sin.

Giving

 

The ability of someone to be willing to cheerfully contribute their material resources to the work of God with liberality and without any desire for self-benefit.

Leadership

 

The ability to set goals in accordance with Godís purpose for the future and to communicate those goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals.

Mercy

 

The ability to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals, both Christian and non-Christian, who suffer distressing physical, mental or emotional problems. And then to apply that compassion into deeds that will alleviate and comfort their suffering.

 

1 Corinthians 12

Word of wisdom

The ability to apply Biblical knowledge in such a way as to make spiritual truths quite relevant and practical in proper decision making and daily life situations.

Word of knowledge

The ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas that are pertinent to the growth and well-being of the Body of Christ.

Faith

The ability of being firmly persuaded of Godís power and promises to accomplish His will and purpose and to display such a confidence in God and His word that circumstances and obstacles do not shake that conviction. This person has a deeper insight into Godís will and plans.

Healing

The ability to heal people of their sicknesses and deformities and to restore health apart from natural means.

Effecting of miracles

The ability to demonstrate supernatural powers, acts, and deeds that are unexplainable except by the divine intervention of God. These acts are observable, immediate, and beyond the realm of human experimentation or explanation.

Distinguishing of spirits

 

The ability that enables one to accurately assess and judge inner motives, hidden errors, or corrupting doctrines. This person can distinguish between teaching and behavior that is from God, from the flesh or from the devil.

Tongues

The Greek word means ďto speak in a tongue.Ē It is the ability to speak in a language not previously learned so 1) unbelievers can hear Godís message in their own language, 2) believers can be edified and encouraged and 3) God can be praised beyond our understanding.

Interpretation of tongues

The ability to make known in the vernacular (common language) the message of one who speaks in tongues. Realize that it is an interpretation and not a translation.

Apostles

 

The special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ that enables them to assume and exercise helpful leadership over a number of churches in spiritual matters.

Helps

 

The Greek word for helps means, ďto take a burden upon oneself.Ē It is to invest the talents that a person has into the life and ministry of other members of the Body of Christ, thus enabling that person helped to increase the effectiveness of his own ministry.

Administration

 

The Greek word for administration means, ďpiloting or steering.Ē It was the helmsman whose chief task was to keep his ship on course. He steered the ship from dangerous rocks, mapped out the course that the ship would take, and knew the limits and capabilities of the crew. It is the ability to clearly understand the immediate and long-range goals of a particular project and to plan, organize, and supervise others to reach that goal.

 

Ephesians 4:11

Evangelism

This enables someone to present the Gospel with simplicity, clarity, and effectiveness. This person has a deep concern about those who are lost and is comfortable and able to share the Gospel in any situation and at any time.

Pastor

In the Bible the words pastor, shepherd, elder, overseer, and bishop are often used interchangeably. It is the ability to spiritually care for, protect, guide, and feed a group of believers entrusted to oneís care.

 

1 Peter 3:9-11

Hospitality

 

The Greek word means ďlove of strangers.Ē It is a great desire to warmly welcome people, even strangers, into oneís home or church as a means of serving those in need of food or lodging.

 


Prophesying

Characterized by:

         A desire to speak direct messages from God that edify, exhort, or comfort others

         Have a strong sense of what God wants to say to people in response to a particular situation

         Sometimes feel that you know exactly what God wants to do in ministry at a specific point in time

         Not afraid to announce Godís judgment on sin

         Can speak clearly, boldly, and with conviction what you believe God wants people to know

 

Serving

Characterized by:

         Enjoy being called upon to do special jobs around the church

         Content to do the work rather than to direct others

         Oftentimes are right there offering to help out

         Willing to work at a task no matter how simple or trivial it may seem

         Have a sense of satisfaction in seeing a task through to completion

         Very dependable and responsible

 

Teaching

Characterized by:

         A strong desire to study the Bible and learn its doctrines and examples

         The ability to communicate truth so that people understand it better

         Sharing things that change peopleís knowledge, attitudes, values, or conduct

         The ability to make difficult teachings and passages clear and relevant

 

Exhortation

Characterized by:

         People often come to you with their personal problems for counsel

         You are often challenged to help others reach their potential in Christ

         Generally available to talk to others

         Find yourself encouraging the downtrodden and also convicting those on the path of sin

 

Giving

Characterized by:

         Seeking to manage your money in order to give liberally to the Lordís work

         When you are moved by an appeal to give to Godís work, you usually find the money or resources needed to respond

         You can say, ďI am so confident that God will meet my needs that I give to Him sacrificially and consistently.Ē

         You are willing to maintain a lower standard of living in order to benefit Godís work

         You consider all that you own as resources for Godís use and you freely and joyfully give of these resources because you love God

         When you give you have no desire to draw attention to yourself and will oftentimes give anonymously

 

Leadership

Characterized by:

         Able to motivate people with such care and diligence that they are willing to help accomplish set goals

         People respect and follow your direction

         In a group where there is no leader you generally assume leadership

         You are good at discerning peopleís skills, talents, gifts and abilities and how to effectively utilize them

         Enjoy working with people

 

Mercy

Characterized by:

         Have a tender heart toward the needy and will often do what you can to help those who are in distress

         Enjoy visiting the sick and shut-in and in going to hospitals and nursing homes

         Look out for those who are neglected and alienated

         Empathize with those who are embarrassed and humiliated and seek to comfort them

         Like to spend time with those who are lonely and hurting to cheer them up

         Work joyfully with those people who are ignored by the majority of those around them

 

Word of wisdom

Characterized by:

         Able to see how the Bible relates to daily life and how to apply Biblical principles to different situations

         Have insight and ability to solve problems

         Able to offer practical solutions to difficult problems

         Often sought out for your opinions

         Oftentimes sense Godís presence and direction when important decisions need to be made

 

Word of knowledge

Characterized by:

         Known as a scholar of the Bible

         Enjoy searching for answers to difficult questions in the Bible

         Able to take information from several sources and come up with an answer or a thesis about a subject

         Frequently discover new insights into Scripture through personal study

         Enjoy doing word studies, examining the historical background of a text and getting at the facts of a passage in order to benefit yourself and others

 

Faith

Characterized by:

         Able to trust God for great things

         Have a confident expectation that God will accomplish what He says

         Willing to step out in faith where others are more calculating and fearful

         Have a great number of your prayers answered

         Have unusual confidence in Godís plans in a specific situation where others are uncertain

         Able to depend on Godís resources and guidance much more so than others

 

Healing

Characterized by:

         In the name of the Lord, you have been able to cure illnesses instantly

         Physical healing has occurred as a result of your praying for others

         God impressing on your heart to pray for those who are ill

         Able to heal even people who lack faith

 

Effecting of miracles

Characterized by:

         Having performed supernatural signs and wonders

         Able to transform circumstances through the name of the Lord

         Have brought people to Christ through these supernatural acts

         Glory is directed only to God and not to yourself

         You have accomplished things beyond human means

 

Distinguishing of sprits

Characterized by:

         Able to detect a spiritual phony

         Known for good spiritual judgement

         Seek to prevent false teaching and confusion from overtaking the church

         Very quick to pick up on error

         Can readily tell if something is from God or from other sources

 

Tongues

Characterized by:

         Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, able to speak in a language unknown to you whether that be the tongues of men or of angels as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:1

 

         Tongues enables our spirits to communicate directly with God above and beyond the power of our minds to understand

         Tongues liberates the Spirit of God within us

         Tongues enables the spirit to take its place of ascendancy over soul and body

 

Interpretation of tongues

Characterized by:

         Oftentimes hearing someone speaking in a tongue and, though the Holy Spirit, able to interpret what was said.

         Can interpret a language that you have never studied or know

 

Apostles

Characterized by:

         Eagerness to start new churches in places where there are none

         Respected as an authority in spiritual matters

         Able to oversee and administrate a large group of churches

 

Helps

Characterized by:

         Desire to assist pastors, staff and ministry leaders so as to free them up for their main duties

         Help others become more effective in their own ministries

         You can say, ďWhen I do things behind the scenes and others are helped, I am joyful.Ē And, ďI really do not care who gets the credit.Ē

         Enjoy doing the menial and non-glamorous but necessary tasks

         Others know that they can call upon you to assist them

 

Administration

Characterized by:

         Very good at organizing and coordinating activities

         Able to delegate responsibilities to other people so as to best accomplish set goals

         Good at planning strategies that most effectively pursue a vision

         Oftentimes find yourself in a place of leadership

         Willing to bear the responsibility for the success or failure of a particular task within the church

         Able to lead a committee or group in making correct decisions

 

Evangelism

Characterized by:

         A strong desire to share your faith with unbelievers

         Able to give a clear presentation of the Gospel

         Can keep people interested in hearing the Gospel

         Frequently instrumental in leading others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

 

Pastor

Characterized by:

         Concerned for the spiritual welfare of others

         Willing to take responsibility for the spiritual growth and well being of those under your sphere of ministry

         Willing to give your own time to be available for the needs of others

         Willing to relate to a group of people over a long period of time, sharing personal responsibility in their successes and failures

         Desire to restore people back to the church

         Concerned about guarding, like a shepherd, a group of Christians from those who are enemies of Christianity

 

Hospitality

Characterized by:

         Seeking out strangers and making them feel welcome in the church

         Often opening your home to newcomers and visitors in the church

         Enjoy meeting new people

         Able to make strangers feel immediately comfortable in your presence

         Enjoy letting out-of-state vistors stay at your home

 


 

So how might some of these gifts fit together to further Godís will in the world?

 

Someone in the congregation who has the gift of faith sees clearly Godís plan to establish a sister church in another, perhaps distant, place.

One with the gift of administration puts together a plan involving finances, people, building materials, schedule, and so forth to accomplish this vision.

One with the gift of exhortation is able to encourage people to pray about and then volunteer to help with this project.

One with the gift of leadership is able gather these volunteers and assign them so that they are the most efficient.

Those with the gift of serving will gather the necessary materials before leaving and doing a lot of the menial and necessary tasks once everyone is there.

Once there, someone with the gift of pastoring will take over shepherding the new church.

Someone with the gift of distinguishing of spirits will be able to keep away those who want to come in and do harm to the new church.

Someone with the gift of miracles or healing can demonstrate great signs to prove to the locals that this is indeed a work of the true God.

One with the gift of teaching may lead Bible studies to grow those newcomers in the church.

 

And so on. Every gift would ultimately have a very important and critical function in starting and growing this church.

 

As you can see, it takes a lot of different talents to build a church. Imagine if everyone who was involved had only the gift of pastoring or the gift of administration or the gift of faith. The work would never get done. Also, imagine if the person who had the gift of teaching decided to bag it. Someone else who would be less skilled would have to take over. The church needs EVERYONE. And EVERYONE has something very crucial to add.

 


Questionnaire for Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

 

1)       For each row circle or mark only one choice for each question.

O = Often

S = Sometimes

R = Rarely

N = Never

2)       Do not dwell too long on any one question but choose whatever answer comes to mind first.

3)       Do not answer the questions with the answer that you think you SHOULD give. Just be honest.

 

1

I have a desire to speak direct message from God that edify, exhort, or comfort others.

O

S

R

N

2

I enjoy being called upon to do special jobs around the church.

O

S

R

N

3

People have told me that I have helped them learned biblical truths in meaningful ways.

O

S

R

N

4

I have encouraged the doubting, the troubled, or the discouraged.

O

S

R

N

5

I find that I manage money well in order to give liberally to the Lords work.

O

S

R

N

6

When I speak, people seem to listen and agree.

O

S

R

N

7

I desire to work with those who have physical or mental problems and to alleviate their suffering.

O

S

R

N

8

I have applied spiritual truths effectively to situations in my own and other peopleís lives.

O

S

R

N

9

Others have told me I have helped them distinguish key and important facts of Scripture.

O

S

R

N

10

When in a group, I am the one others often look to for vision and direction.

O

S

R

N

11

In the name of Lord, I have been used in curing diseases instantaneously.

O

S

R

N

12

Others can point to specific instances where my prayers have resulted in visible miracles

O

S

R

N

13

I have been able to see through phoniness before it was to other people.

O

S

R

N

14

I have spoken in another language that I did not know previously.

O

S

R

N

15

Sometimes when a person speaks in tongues, I get an interpretation about what God is saying.

O

S

R

N

16

I have little fear in leading people to where God wants them to go.

O

S

R

N

17

I have assisted Christian leaders so as to free them up for their essential jobs.

O

S

R

N

18

When a group I am in is lacking organization I tend to step in the fill the gap.

O

S

R

N

19

I have led others to make a decision for salvation in Christ.

O

S

R

N

20

I am eager to take on the responsibility of leading other people in their spiritual life.

O

S

R

N

21

My home is always open to people passing through who need a place to stay.

O

S

R

N

22

It is important for me to speak Godís Word of warning and judgment in the world today.

O

S

R

N

23

I do what needs to be done around the church.

O

S

R

N

24

I feel I can explain biblical teachings in a way that makes it relevant to other people

O

S

R

N

25

I can effectively motivate people to get involved in ministry when it is needed

O

S

R

N

26

I give considerably more than 10% of my income and/or resources to the Lordís work.

O

S

R

N

27

I love to lead people in accomplishing group goals.

O

S

R

N

28

I have cared for others when they have had material or physical needs.

O

S

R

N

29

I arrive at solutions to fairly complicated problems.

O

S

R

N

30

I have had deep insights into spiritual truths.

O

S

R

N

31

I have believed God for the impossible and have seen it happen in a tangible way.

O

S

R

N

32

I enjoy praying for sick people because I know that many of them will be healed as a result

O

S

R

N

33

God has used me personally to perform supernatural signs and wonders.

O

S

R

N

34

I seem to know very quickly when something is right or wrong.

O

S

R

N

35

When I am in deep prayer or worship I may find myself speaking in a language that I do not know.

O

S

R

N

36

I have interpreted tongues with results that the body of Christ was edified, exhorted or comforted

O

S

R

N

37

I enjoy training workers in the congregation.

O

S

R

N

38

I have helped other people become more effective in their ministries.

O

S

R

N

39

I enjoy handling the details of organizing ideas, people, and resources for more effective ministry.

O

S

R

N

40

I enjoy sharing with non-believers how Christ has changed my life.

O

S

R

N

41

I enjoy assuming the responsibility for the spiritual well being of a particular group of Christians.

O

S

R

N

42

I enjoy introducing myself and welcoming new people at the church.

O

S

R

N

43

I have communicated timely and urgent messages that have come directly from God.

O

S

R

N

44

I seem to enjoy routine tasks and do well and them.

O

S

R

N

45

I devote considerable time to learning new biblical truths in order to communicate them to others.

O

S

R

N

46

I love to motivate people to a higher spiritual commitment.

O

S

R

N

47

When I am moved by an appeal to give to Godís work, I usually find the money I need to do it.

O

S

R

N

48

When I set goals, other seem to accept them readily.

O

S

R

N

49

People come to me in their afflictions and suffering and tell me they have been helped and healed.

O

S

R

N

50

When a person has a problem I can frequently guide him or her to the best Biblical solution.

O

S

R

N

51

I have been able to understand the deeper things of the Bible.

O

S

R

N

52

I have the faith to accomplish what seems to be impossible to other people.

O

S

R

N

53

I feel confident when I pray for someone who is sick that they will get better because of my prayers.

O

S

R

N

54

As I read about the miracles in the Bible I am reminded of how God has used me in similar ways.

O

S

R

N

55

I seem to be able to faithfully judge between the truthfulness and error of a given doctrinal statement.

O

S

R

N

56

When I speak in a language unknown to me other Christians have been edified and encouraged.

O

S

R

N

57

I find myself praying that I may interpret if someone begins speaking in tongues.

O

S

R

N

58

I desire to help coordinate the efforts of a number of churches so as to make them more effective.

O

S

R

N

59

I enjoy doing routine tasks that lead to more effective ministry by others.

O

S

R

N

60

I am able to make effective and efficient plans for accomplishing the goals of a group.

O

S

R

N

61

I find it easy to give people tracts and to start up a conversation about Christ with a stranger.

O

S

R

N

62

I feel confident giving spiritual guidance and directions to a group of Christians.

O

S

R

N

63

When people come to my home they tell me that they ďfeel at homeĒ with me.

O

S

R

N

64

I have a strong sense of what God wants to say to people in response to particular situations.

O

S

R

N

65

I take great joy in doing little jobs around the church.

O

S

R

N

66

I can communicate Biblical truths to others and see changes in knowledge, attitudes, or conduct.

O

S

R

N

67

When I see another Christian in sin I have been able to persuade them to repent.

O

S

R

N

68

I am so confident that God will meet my needs that I give to Him sacrificially and consistently.

O

S

R

N

69

People seem to rally around me when it comes time to do an important task.

O

S

R

N

70

I have a deep empathy for the suffering and problems of others.

O

S

R

N

71

People with spiritual problems seem to come to me for advice and counsel.

O

S

R

N

72

I study and read quite a bit in order to learn new Biblical truths.

O

S

R

N

73

I know Godís specific will for the future growth of His work, even when others are not so sure.

O

S

R

N

74

I have prayed for others and physical healing has actually occurred.

O

S

R

N

75

God has used me to perform great deeds that are beyond natural explanation.

O

S

R

N

76

I can recognize whether a personís teaching is from God, from Satan, or of human origin.

O

S

R

N

77

When I speak in a language unknown to me I feel myself drawn closer to God.

O

S

R

N

78

I have interpreted tongues in a way that seemed to bless others.

O

S

R

N

79

I am eager to start new churches where there are none.

O

S

R

N

80

When I do things behind the scenes and others are made more effective, I am joyful.

O

S

R

N

81

I accept the challenge of taking the responsibility of accomplishing group tasks.

O

S

R

N

82

Sharing the Gospel in a very understandable manner comes easily to me.

O

S

R

N

83

I have helped Christians by guiding them to relevant portions of the Bible and praying with them.

O

S

R

N

84

I love having people over to my home and making them feel special.

O

S

R

N

85

I feel that I know exactly what God wants to do in ministry at a specific point in time.

O

S

R

N

86

I respond cheerfully when asked to do a job, even if it seems menial.

O

S

R

N

87

Studying the Bible and sharing my insights with others is very satisfying for me.

O

S

R

N

88

I love to encourage people by pointing out their good qualities and praising them for work well done.

O

S

R

N

89

I have been willing to maintain a lower standard of living in order to benefit Godís work.

O

S

R

N

90

I am good at discerning peopleís abilities and assigning them corresponding tasks.

O

S

R

N

91

I desire to spend time with a lonely, shut-in person, with prisoners, and with the sick.

O

S

R

N

92

I feel a presence of God and personal confidence when important decisions need to be made.

O

S

R

N

93

I have the ability to discover new truths through reading or observing situations firsthand.

O

S

R

N

94

I believe that I am a person of unusual vision.

O

S

R

N

95

I like to participate in ministry to the physically or emotionally ill.

O

S

R

N

96

God has used me to accomplish things and change circumstances beyond human means.

O

S

R

N

97

I can discern when someone who claims to be a prophet or a teacher is real or is a phony.

O

S

R

N

98

When I speak in a language unknown to me I forget about everything and focus only on God.

O

S

R

N

99

I have been able to interpret a language that I have never heard before.

O

S

R

N

100

I would like to oversee and administrate a large group of churches.

O

S

R

N

101

When I serve the Lord, I donít really care who gets the credit.

O

S

R

N

102

When I am in charge things seem to go smoothly.

O

S

R

N

103

I am draw to non-Christians because of my strong desire to win them to Christ.

O

S

R

N

104

I love providing leadership and guidance to a group of people.

O

S

R

N

105

I desire to make my home available to those in the Lordís service whenever needed.

O

S

R

N

 


Scoring your Spiritual Gifts

 

1)       Find the column in the box.

2)       Write in the number corresponding to the frequency that you choose:

O = 3

S = 2

R = 1

N = 0

3)       When finished with all of the boxes add up the total of each row.

4)       The totals that are the highest probably indicate your spiritual gift.

 

Number

Number

Number

Number

Number

Total

Gift

1

 

22

43

64

85

 

Prophesying

2

 

23

44

65

86

 

Serving

3

 

24

45

66

87

 

Teaching

4

 

25

46

67

88

 

Exhortation

5

 

26

47

68

89

 

Giving

6

 

27

48

69

90

 

Leadership

7

 

28

49

70

91

 

Mercy

8

 

29

50

71

92

 

Word of Wisdom

9

 

30

51

72

93

 

Word of Knowledge

10

 

31

52

73

94

 

Faith

11

 

32

53

74

95

 

Healing

12

 

33

54

75

96

 

Effecting of Miracles

13

 

34

55

76

97

 

Distinguishing of spirits

14

 

35

56

77

98

 

Tongues

15

 

36

57

78

99

 

Interpretation of tongues

16

 

37

58

79

100

 

Apostles

17

 

38

59

80

101

 

Helps

18

 

39

60

81

102

 

Administration

19

 

40

61

82

103

 

Evangelism

20

 

41

62

83

104

 

Pastor

21

 

42

63

84

105

 

Hospitality

 

Each of the following numbers is a possible total from the scoring above. You can put a mark (dash, circle, check) under each number for each total above. So if you had three totals of 5 then you would have three marks under the number 5. This may help you to make your break for determining which gifts are the highest.

0††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††† 7††††††††††††† 8††††††††††††† 9††††††††††††† 10†††††††††† 11†††††††††† 12†††††††††† 13†††††††††† 14††††† 15

 

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