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.

2022 Classes

  • October 16 @ 9:30am in Room 270
  • December 4 @ 9:30am in Room 270

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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.

Explore Spiritual Gifts

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  • Spiritual Gift of Administration Tue 31
    The church doesn't exist without administrators. It's true! Who helps us organize the intake of supplies to serve people in need? Administrators. Who can look at a puzzle of ideas and neatly ...
  • Spiritual Gift of Apostleship Mon 30
    When you hear "apostle" you might think of missionaries who travel overseas to spread the news of Christ to people who have never been exposed to the Gospel, and that is one way that p...
  • Spiritual Gift of Discernment Sun 29
    Today, let’s focus on the gift of discernment. This sounds like a tough one to wrap our heads around, but people with the gift of discernment are simply able to separate truth from falsehoods. ...
  • Spiritual Gift of Evangelism Sat 28
    Evangelism has gotten a bad rap in the last couple of decades because it has been seen as intrusive, intolerant of, or inconsiderate of other cultures. This couldn’t be further from the truth, ...
  • Spiritual Gift of Exhortation (Encouragement) Fri 27
    Exhortation is just a fancy word for encouragement. The dictionary definition of exhortation is, “an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something.” But we care m...
  • Spiritual Gift of Faith Thu 26
    Let's learn about the spiritual gift of faith. Your first reaction to this might be, "How can faith be a gift? Aren't we all supposed to have faith as believers in Jesus Christ?&quo...
  • Spiritual Gift of Giving Wed 25
    Did you know giving is a gift? It might sound silly, but it’s true. We all have the capability to give and God calls us each to offer what we have to serve the kingdom. However there, are so...
  • Spiritual Gift of Healing Tue 24
    Have you ever heard a story about a modern-day miraculous healing? Maybe a doctor said there was no hope for recovery, and then, with no medical explanation, the sick person recovers in a way that th...
  • Spiritual Gift of Helping Mon 23
    There are certain people in every organization who are willing to do whatever is necessary to support the mission. Sometimes we call them “foot soldiers,” “workhorses,” or &ld...
  • Spiritual Gift of Knowledge Sun 22
    Have you ever met someone who knows a little bit about everything? Or maybe they know a lot about everything! They are the kind of people who love doing research, learning about new topics, and would...
  • Spiritual Gift of Leadership Sat 21
    Some people are uniquely gifted to lead others into the future with gusto! Leadership is a valuable spiritual gift that helps propel all the other gifts into action. Those blessed with the gift of le...
  • Spiritual Gift of Mercy Fri 20
    When you’re going through a hard time like the death of a loved one, addiction, depression, job loss, or relationship troubles, what type of person do you find yourself turning to for suppo...
  • Spiritual Gift of Miracles Thu 19
    A famous quote from Albert Einstein says, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I ...
  • Spiritual Gift of Proclamation Wed 18
    Do you know someone who is willing to speak truth to power? When you think of someone like this, maybe a political or social activist comes to mind, but the Church is also a power that needs trut...
  • Spiritual Gift of Serving Tue 17
    When we share with a friend that we’re struggling, most of us have heard this response before, “Let me know if there is anything you need.” Do you ever actually let the person k...

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

Our Serving Philosophy

We believe God is already at work in the community in a variety of ways. God is working in ministries, non-profits, and in the schools. We also believe God has placed unique passions and skills in each person. We aim to connect the needs of the community with the places that make you most come alive when you serve. As opposed to organizing service project after service project, our desire is to help make you aware of important issues in our community and world. Once you learn about the issues, we will connect you to the organizations and ministries most effective in addressing these problems.

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Ways to Serve

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