Leadership, Spiritual Practices

Wired to Serve

We just finished up three weeks focusing on how to grow in our walk with Jesus through the series, Heart Head Hands: Pathways to Spiritual Growth. As part of that series, we asked everyone to consider how they can use the gifts God’s given us– both at Blackhawk and in the community at large.

Maybe you’re not quite sure where to start. A great first step would be to explore who you are and how God has created you. Take some time to think about the following questions:

  1. Describe a time when you felt really connected to God. What were you doing?
  2. What are you passionate about? Are there areas in the church or in the community that you continually find yourself being drawn to?
  3. Do you have any hobbies, skills, or a profession that you would like to use to serve the church?
  4. Have you volunteered anywhere in the past? If so, what did you like about it? What didn’t you like?

Sometimes we need some additional guidance in helping us discern how God has wired us. If this is you, we recommend the following online resources. Each will help you to explore your personality or giftings in a deeper way.

Spiritual Gifts Test

This online spiritual gifts test is designed to help you identify particular spiritual gifts you might have. After taking this test, talk about the results with someone who knows you well.

Spiritual Pathways Assessment

We’re each wired to connect to God in unique ways. Some of us feel closest to God while taking a hike, recognizing God’s hand in the creation of the natural world around us. Others are going to sense God’s presence most keenly when advocating for those on the margins. Recognizing how you connect with God most naturally could help you discern what area to serve in.

Strengthsfinder

This book and online test helps you discover your strengths. While these strengths may not be your “spiritual gifts”, there’s a good chance that discovering your natural strengths will help you think about how God has wired you. Please note: this is not written from a distinctly Christian perspective, but we have found it to be a helpful resource on our Blackhawk staff team!

My last piece of advice is don’t overthink it. Find something that looks like it might be a good fit and jump in! Many times we don’t know if it will be a good fit until we try.

If you’d like to talk more about how you can serve, visit Connection Point at your site. We’d love to have a conversation about how you can use your gifts!

 


Tiffany Malloy
About the Author: Tiffany Malloy
Tiffany Malloy is the Pastor of Blackhawk Downtown Team Development. Tiffany and her family landed in Madison in 2013 for her husband to attend graduate school. When she’s not managing her crazy (awesome) kids, Tiffany loves reading, running, and blogging about all things faith and books.