Saturday, May 12, 2012

What I Have Learned From S.H.A.P.E. Part 1

I am currently taking a class at my church called "S.H.A.P.E.".  The purpose of this class is to help each one of us find our fit in ministry. My wife and I have so far taken a spiritual gifts assessment,  two personality tests and a strength finders assessment.  I have really enjoyed the class! 

One of the best lessons I have learned from the class is that God has wired each of us differently.  God can use each of our unique personalities to help minister in the church.  What an awesome thing to consider!  There is room for us all!  We are all part of the same body but serve in different ways!  We complement each other! 

It's so easy to think  that we can't be used by God to minister!  Especially when we consider all the weaknesses we possess! A lot of times we feel that way because we have failed to see ourselves the way God see us---as His unique one-of-a-kind child with unique talents and a grand purpose to fulfill! 

All of us believers-in-Christ have been given atleast one spiritual gift by God! You may think: "How am I gifted?"  Some great ways to find out is by taking a class like "S.H.A.P.E." that lets you explore who you are especially who you are in Christ through different assessments and lessons. If you aren't able to take a class like that, you can take different personality and spiritual gift assessments by going to a website like Christian Net. Another way is to ask people who know and love you how they believe God has gifted you.  The most important thing you can do to find out how you are gifted is to: PRAY!  Pray to God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how He has gifted you!  And He will! 

Don't be afraid to display your unique S.H.A.P.E. that God has given you!  You just never know how He may use your life to bless and minister to others!!!! :)


  1. Those classes seem really interesting! What does SHAPE stand for? You actually made me see things differently, especially when it comes to ministry. I tend to just sit around and admire those who have that natural leader ability, but there are many ways that we can reach out to others even if we aren't the leader type. Praying for someone, or even just sharing your testimony with someone else can be the start of making a difference in someone else's life, that's pretty neat :D

    I took that spiritual gifts test on that site and I got 78% intercession lol. Even those questions are eye-openers to the many different ways you can minister to someone :)

  2. This is great! We might use some of this for our youth group! A lot of kids were asking us how they can be involved in the church or with other christians. I don't think they are aware of the variety of opportunities out there!