Gifted to Serve

Sign up for our Gifted to Serve class to learn more about your unique giftedness from God and how to share that gift with others. Please complete the Gifted to Serve Discovery before you arrive. We will discover together how to apply your strongest spiritual gifts, your passions, and your ministry style in order to have a positive impact on others.

Upcoming Classes

  • October 4 @ 11 am via Zoom
  • December 6 @ 11 am

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How We Define Spiritual Gifts

As children of God, God has bestowed each of us with a gift to play a unique role in the development of God’s kingdom. As Methodists, we recognize 20 spiritual gifts that have been laid out in scripture. The 20 gifts are those listed within the Paul’s letters to Rome, Ephesus, and Corinth (Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12–13). It’s important to note that spiritual gifts and skills are not the same thing.God gave us specific gifts to be used in service. Some questions to ask yourself about how you serve: Do you look forward to it? Are you energized by it? Are doing it joyfully or out of obligation? If your answer to any of these questions is “no,” we recommend you Take the Gifted to Serve Discovery and sign up for our Gifted to Serve class.

Why It's Important

At Trietsch, we find it deeply important to help you discover your spiritual gifts. The reason is simple. When you are serving in an area that aligns with your gifts, passions, and ministry style, you multiply the glory of God's kingdom in a way that brings you deep joy. You'll be more confident, competent, and motivated in your service to God.

Overview of Ministry Styles

If your spiritual gift is what God has given you, then your ministry style is how you use it. Just because two people have the same spiritual gift, that doesn't mean they'll use their gift the same way. There are four ministry styles we identify at Trietsch: Thinkers, Directors, Pleasers, and Dreamers. All four are needed to make ministry work! Take a look at the descriptions of each ministry style and think about where you might fall. As you read through these descriptions, you might think you don't align with every point in a category or that you might align with points in multiple categories. That's okay! It's not an exact science. Just read through the lists and think about which ministry style sounds most like the way you enjoy serving.

  • Laid-back
  • Deliberate
  • Logical
  • Values facts, figures, data
  • Quiet
  • Likes to examine multiple options/angles
  • Enjoys argument/debate
  • Cautious
  • Needs time for decisions/judgments
  • Exacting
  • Focused on end results
  • Hides feelings
  • Highly organized
  • Withholds opinions
  • Task oriented
  • Slow to decide
  • Sticks to schedules/outlines/plans
  • Good at planning
  • Task-oriented
  • Decisive
  • Energetic
  • Focused on results
  • Time-conscious
  • Risk-taking
  • Has considerable self-confidence
  • Acts quickly
  • Highly organized
  • Hates to waste time
  • Expects concurrence
  • Values reason
  • Gets down to business quickly
  • Agenda/Calendar-bound
  • Wants fast answers/response
  • Uses clear, concise language
  • Logical, linear thinker
  • Highly opinionated
  • People-oriented
  • Diplomatic
  • Very flexible
  • Loves to help
  • Holds agenda secondary to relationships
  • Sensitive
  • Dislikes conflict/confrontation
  • Hard-working
  • Reliable
  • Wants everyone to be happy
  • Makes/keep peace
  • Honest
  • Listens well
  • Acts as problem solver
  • Wants to be liked
  • Slow-paced
  • Likes to chit-chat
  • Loyal
  • Not constrained by clock/calendar
  • Outgoing
  • Creative
  • Loves a good time
  • Focused on the big picture
  • People-oriented
  • Seeks lots of eye contact
  • Talkative
  • Expressive/Dramatic
  • Competitive
  • Very sociable
  • Persuasive
  • Uses lots of gestures while speaking
  • Opinionated
  • Doesn’t always keep promises
  • Uses visual images
  • Annoyed by logic
  • Doesn’t know what calendar/clock is for
  • Spontaneous
  • Enthusiastic

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