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Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts

The twenty gifts below are those listed within the Pauline epistles to Rome, Ephesus, and Corinth (Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12–13) , and recognized by the first-century church. While all of life is a gift from God, these twenty gifts are lifted up within Scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ.



The gift of administration allows a person to organize people and resources for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success. Read More


The gift of apostleship compels people to reach out to new and unfamiliar groups and individuals to invite them into relationship with God and community. Read More


The gift of compassion moves people to action on behalf of those in need. Read More


Discernment is a gift of deep intuition and insight. Read More


The gift of evangelism is the gift of faith-sharing and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those we meet. Read More


The gift of exhortation is manifest in people who offer encouragement, wise counsel, unflagging support, and empowerment. Read More


The gift of faith is more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good,... Read More


The gift of healing is not about transferring spiritual power to eliminate suffering and disease, but the ability to channel God’s grace and healing... Read More


Helping is a gift of support and behind-the-scenes effort that make groups, families, and congregations more effective. Read More

Interpretation of Tongues

Those who are gifted to interpret tongues help build bridges across cultural, generational, and language divides. Read More


The gift of knowledge allows people to automatically convert facts, data, and information into useful and important knowledge. Read More


The gift of leadership is a visionary, and forward looking gift that enables people to stay focused on where God might be leading us as... Read More


Those gifted with miracles never doubt the power and presence of God in creation, and are able to help others see and believe in God... Read More


The gift of prophecy is the ability to speak God’s word to others, or more appropriately to be open for God to speak God... Read More


Servanthood is the gift of doing for others, sometimes to the exclusion of meeting personal needs. Read More


Stephen Handy, assistant pastor of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., opens Youth 2003 in Knoxville, Tenn., with a challenge for young people to reach higher in their relationship with God. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The gift of shepherding is the gift of mentoring and providing spiritual guidance to others to help them develop in the discipleship and faith formation. Read More


The gift of teaching allows people to transform data and information into life changing knowledge. Read More