Stewardship of Time and Talent for the Church
At Brandenburg United Methodist Church we are all about helping people make connections and find community. We want to help you connect with Jesus, connect in authentic community, and connect to your passion, mission, and true purpose.

After taking the Spiritual Gifts survey at https://spiritualgiftsdiscovery.com/assessment-login/?invite=k_5b55fcb0a8592 and/or reading the description of the spiritual gifts below, please decide how you can use your God-given gifts to further the kingdom here on Earth.

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Description of Spiritual Gifts
Administration (A) - Characteristics of people with the gift of administration: thorough, objective, responsible, organized, goal-oriented, efficient, conscientious. People with this gift like to develop strategies or plans to reach identified goals, organize people, tasks, or events, assist ministries to become more effective and efficient.

Discernment (D) - Characteristics of people with the gift of discernment: perceptive, insightful, intuitive, sensitive, truthful, decisive. People with this gift like to: identify deception in others with accuracy and appropriateness, sense the presence of ungodly forces, and recognize inconsistencies in a biblical teaching or message.

Encouragement (EN) - Characteristics of people with the gift of encouragement: positive, motivating, affirming, reassuring, supportive, trustworthy. People with this gift like to: comfort others to trust and hope in the promises of God, motivate others to grow in personal and spiritual development, and urge others to action by applying biblical truth.

Evangelism (EV) - Characteristics of people with the gift of evangelism: sincere, candid, influential, confident, commitment-oriented. People with this gift like to: communicate the message of Christ with clarity and conviction, seek out opportunities to talk about spiritual matters with those outside the Christian faith, and participate in conversations that allow for questions and dialogue about God.

Faith (F) - Characteristics of people with the gift of faith: prayerful, optimistic, trusting, assured, inspiring, hopeful, positive. People with this gift: act in complete confidence of God’s ability to overcome obstacles, advance the mission of Christ because they’ll step out in action when others are doubtful, and ask God for what is needed and have complete trust that those needs will be met.

Giving (G) - Support the work of ministry with sacrificial gifts in order to advance the work of the church.
Characteristics of people with the gift of giving: resourceful, responsible, stewardship-oriented, charitable, disciplined.
People with this gift like to manage their finances and limit their lifestyle in order to donate as much of their resources as possible as well as meet tangible needs so that spiritual growth in others can develop.

Helps (HE) - Characteristics of people with the gift of helps: willing, reliable, loyal, dependable, helpful, “whatever-it takes” attitude. People with this gift like to serve behind the scenes wherever needed, see the tangible and practical things that need to be done to complete a task or project--and enjoy doing them, and associate spiritual value with practical service.

Hospitality (HO) - Characteristics of people with the gift of hospitality: friendly, gracious, inviting, trusting, caring, responsive, warm. People with this gift like to: provide an environment where people feel valued and loved, seek ways to connect people together into meaningful relationships, and set people at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.

Intercession (I) - Characteristics of people with the gift of intercession: advocate, sincere, trustworthy, burden-bearer, spiritually sensitive. People with this gift like to earnestly pray on behalf of someone or some cause, set a daily time to pray for spiritual victories over the challenges and obstacles of life, and pray in response to a leading from God, whether understood or not.

Knowledge (K) - Characteristics of people with the gift of knowledge: inquisitive, observant, insightful, reflective, studious, truthful. People with this gift like to focus on the unseen consequences in determining the next steps to take, provide God-given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion, and apply spiritual truth in specific and practical ways.

Leadership (L) - Characteristics of people with the gift of leadership: influential, visionary, persuasive, motivating, goal setter. People with this gift like to motivate others to perform to the best of their abilities, take responsibility, cast a vision, and establish goals, and provide direction for God’s people or ministry.

Mercy (M) - Characteristics of people with the gift of mercy: empathetic, caring, responsive, kind, compassionate, sensitive. People with this gift like to alleviate the source of pain or discomfort in suffering people, concern themselves with issues that cause harm to or oppress people, and address the needs of the lonely, neglected, or forgotten.

Teaching (T) - Characteristics of people with the gift of teaching: disciplined, perceptive, teachable, practical, analytical, articulate. People with this gift like to have extended times of study and reflection of God’s Word, challenge learners simply and practically with the truths of the Bible, and give attention to detail and accuracy.

Wisdom (W) - Characteristics of people with the gift of wisdom: sensible, insightful, practical, wise, fair, experienced. People with this gift like to research the Bible for insight, understanding and truth, organize information for teaching and practical and personal use, and come up with biblical solutions for life’s challenges.

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