SPIRITUAL GIFTS SURVEY
This is not a test, so there are no wrong answers. The Spiritual Gifts Survey consists of 80 statements. Some items reflect concrete actions; other items are descriptive traits; and still others are statements of belief.
Select the one response you feel best characterizes yourself and place that number in the blank provided. Record your answer in the blank beside each item.
Do not spend too much time on any one item. Remember, it is not a test. Usually your immediate response is best.
Please give an answer for each item. Do not skip any items.
Do not ask others how they are answering or how they think you should answer.
Work at your own pace.
Your response choices are:
5—Highly characteristic of me/definitely true for me
4—Most of the time this would describe me/be true for me
3—Frequently characteristic of me/true for me–about 50 percent of the time
2—Occasionally characteristic of me/true for me–about 25 percent of the time
1—Not at all characteristic of me/definitely untrue for me
______ 1. I have the ability to organize ideas, resources, time, and people effectively.
______ 2. I am willing to study and prepare for the task of teaching.
______ 3. I am able to relate the truths of God to specific situations.
______ 4. I have a God-given ability to help others grow in their faith.
______ 5. I possess a special ability to communicate the truth of salvation.
______ 6. I have the ability to make critical decisions when necessary.
______ 7. I am sensitive to the hurts of people.
______ 8. I experience joy in meeting needs through sharing possessions.
______ 9. I enjoy studying.
______ 10. I have delivered God’s message of warning and judgment.
______ 11. I am able to sense the true motivation of persons and movements.
______ 12. I have a special ability to trust God in difficult situations.
______ 13. I have a strong desire to contribute to the establishment of new churches.
______ 14. I take action to meet physical and practical needs rather than merely talking about or planning to help.
______ 15. I enjoy entertaining guests in my home.
______ 16. I can adapt my guidance to fit the maturity of those working with me.
______ 17. I can delegate and assign meaningful work.
______ 18. I have an ability and desire to teach.
______ 19. I am usually able to analyze a situation correctly.
______ 20. I have a natural tendency to encourage others.
______ 21. I am willing to take the initiative in helping other Christians grow in their faith.
______ 22. I have an acute awareness of the emotions of other people, such as loneliness, pain, fear, and anger.
______ 23. I am a cheerful giver.
______ 24. I spend time digging into facts.
______ 25. I feel that I have a message from God to deliver to others.
______ 26. I can recognize when a person is genuine/honest.
______ 27. I am a person of vision (a clear mental portrait of a preferable future given by God). I am able to communicate vision in such a way that others commit to making the vision a reality.
______ 28. I am willing to yield to God’s will rather than question and waver.
______ 29. I would like to be more active in getting the gospel to people in other lands.
______ 30. It makes me happy to do things for people in need.
______ 31. I am successful in getting a group to do its work joyfully.
______ 32. I am able to make strangers feel at ease.
______ 33. I have the ability to plan learning approaches.
______ 34. I can identify those who need encouragement.
______ 35. I have trained Christians to be more obedient disciples of Christ.
______ 36. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see others come to Christ.
______ 37. I am attracted to people who are hurting.
______ 38. I am a generous giver.
______ 39. I am able to discover new truths.
______ 40. I have spiritual insights from Scripture concerning issues and people that compel me to speak out.
______ 41. I can sense when a person is acting in accord with God’s will.
______ 42. I can trust in God even when things look dark.
______ 43. I can determine where God wants a group to go and help it get there.
______ 44. I have a strong desire to take the gospel to places where it has never been heard.
______ 45. I enjoy reaching out to new people in my church and community.
______ 46. I am sensitive to the needs of people.
______ 47. I have been able to make effective and efficient plans for accomplishing the goals of a group.
______ 48. I often am consulted when fellow Christians are struggling to make difficult decisions.
______ 49. I think about how I can comfort and encourage others in my congregation.
______ 50. I am able to give spiritual direction to others.
______ 51. I am able to present the gospel to lost persons in such a way that they accept the Lord and His salvation.
______ 52. I possess an unusual capacity to understand the feelings of those in distress.
______ 53. I have a strong sense of stewardship based on the recognition that God owns all things.
______ 54. I have delivered to other persons messages that have come directly from God.
______ 55. I can sense when a person is acting under God’s leadership.
______ 56. I try to be in God’s will continually and be available for His use.
______ 57. I feel that I should take the gospel to people who have different beliefs from me.
______ 58. I have an acute awareness of the physical needs of others.
______ 59. I am skilled in setting forth positive and precise steps of action.
______ 60. I like to meet visitors at church and make them feel welcome.
______ 61. I explain Scripture in such a way that others understand it.
______ 62. I can usually see spiritual solutions to problems.
______ 63. I welcome opportunities to help people who need comfort, consolation, encouragement, and counseling.
______ 64. I feel at ease in sharing Christ with nonbelievers.
______ 65. I can influence others to perform to their highest God-given potential.
______ 66. I recognize the signs of stress and distress in others.
______ 67. I desire to give generously and unpretentiously to worthwhile projects and ministries.
______ 68. I can organize facts into meaningful relationships.
______ 69. God gives me messages to deliver to His people.
______ 70. I am able to sense whether people are being honest when they tell of their religious experiences.
______ 71. I enjoy presenting the gospel to persons of other cultures and backgrounds.
______ 72. I enjoy doing little things that help people.
______ 73. I can give a clear, uncomplicated presentation.
______ 74. I have been able to apply biblical truth to the specific needs of my church.
______ 75. God has used me to encourage others to live Christlike lives.
______ 76. I have sensed the need to help other people become more effective in their ministries.
______ 77. I like to talk about Jesus to those who do not know Him.
______ 78. I have the ability to make strangers feel comfortable in my home.
______ 79. I have a wide range of study resources and know how to secure information.
______ 80. I feel assured that a situation will change for the glory of God even when the situation seem impossible.
Follow these directions to figure your score for each spiritual gift.
Place in each box your numerical response (1-5) to the item number which is indicated below the box.
For each gift, add the numbers in the boxes and put the total in the TOTAL box.
For each gift place a mark across the bar at the point that corresponds to your TOTAL for that gift.
For each gift shade the bar below the mark that you have drawn.
The resultant graph gives a picture of your gifts. Gifts for which the bars are tall are the ones in which you appear to be strongest. Gifts for which the bars are very short are the ones in which you appear not to be strong.
These results are not definite. They are designed to help you explore those areas of your life where it appears God may already be at work.
The next steps from here are 1. to ask others if your results match what they have observed in your life and 2. Begin serving in an area of ministry where this gift could be used. If you’re not sure where that might be, ask an elder or ministry leader for input.
Now that you have completed the survey, thoughtfully answer the following questions.
The gifts I have begun to discover in my life are:
After prayer and worship, I am beginning to sense that God wants me to use my spiritual gifts to serve Christ’s body by ____________________________________ ______________________________________________.
I am not sure yet how God wants me to use my gifts to serve others. But I am committed to prayer and worship, seeking wisdom and opportunities to use the gifts I have received from God.
Ask God to help you know how He has gifted you for service and how you can begin to use this gift in ministry to others.