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Ronceverte Charge of the United Methodist Church: Elizabeth Chapel & Trinity
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Finding Your God-Given Purpose

WELCOME TO THE PROCESS!!
These assessment tools are designed to help you in the process of self discovery. They are relatively simple but can have a huge impact on your life. They are meant to help you clarify how God has uniquely wired you, but that is only the starting point. Remember they are only as good as the application of your SHAPE into your life and ministry. When you are done, enter your results on the last page.
 
WHAT IS S.H.A.P.E.?
Spiritual Gifts
A special capacity for service given by God to every believer for the benefit of His Church, the Body of Christ
Heart
A God-given desire that invigorates and motivates you to meaningful ministry involvement for God’s kingdom.
Abilities
Talents and skills given by God to every human being for His glory (whether people love Him or not) that demonstrate His common grace to everyone.
Personal Style
Your natural and energized approach to life and relationships.
Experiences
Events and situations in your life that God has used to mold you into who you are.
 
SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORY
 
Directions:
1. Read the traits for each spiritual gift and check every phrase that you think fits you.
2. Count the checked boxes in each category and record the total in the accompanying blank.
3. Choose your top three gifts and record on the last page.
 
Gifts
Traits or Descriptions
Totals
Administration
 
 
 
         Can delegate responsibilities
         Organizes effectively
         Enjoys completing projects
         Enjoys planning
         Successfully sets and achieves goals and objectives
 
 
____ of 5
Craftsmanship
 
 
 
 
         Takes pleasure in drawing, designing, or building
         Finds joy in painting or creating handcrafted objects
         Experiences fulfillment working with hands
         Enjoys time spent in creating beauty
         Finds satisfaction in repairing and maintaining things
 
 
____ of 5
Evangelism
 
 
 
         Enjoys talking to others about how God has helped them.
         Has compassion for those who do not have a relationship with God
         Has invited someone to church with them
         Takes satisfaction from sharing the Gospel message with others
         Finds a certain pleasure in making new friends and sharing the love of Christ with them
 
 
 
___ of 5
 
 
Exhortation/
Wisdom
 
 
         Speaks words of encouragement to others easily
         Enjoys helping others through difficult or complicated problems
         Is a calming presence
         A good counselor of others feeling perplexed or guilty
         Regularly helps others through difficulty by offering Biblical solutions which bring comfort or direction.
 
 
 
___ of 5
 
Giving
 
 
         Conscientiously manages money well in order to be able to give liberally to the Lord's work
         Consistently contributes to the Lord's work out of gratitude for what God has done
         Feels deeply moved by urgent financial needs
         Has a sharing spirit
         Finds a certain pleasure in using financial resources to help others.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Hospitality
 
 
         Has a welcoming spirit for newcomers
         Enjoys hosting guests
         Making visitors and guests feel comfortable and a part of things
         Willingly opens home to guests or strangers even when it is not convenient
         Takes initiative in welcoming strangers, newcomers, visitors
 
 
___ of 5
 
Intercession
 
 
         Prays faithfully for the needs of others
         Prays for others when could be doing other things
         Feels secure in the knowledge that prayers continually work for good in own life and the lives of others
         Knows that praying for others will bring tangible results
         Regards prayer as a favorite spiritual exercise.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Knowledge
 
 
         Has insight/intuition into the character of people
         Others come to you for insight or knowledge
         Acquires and masters new facts and principles which aid others in their growth and stability
         Enjoys reading and studying to learn more about Biblical truth
         Distinguishes key Biblical truths and facts that benefit self and others.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Leadership
 
 
 
         Enjoys encouraging other people to accomplish preset goals and objectives
         Shows success in leading other people toward accomplishing specific tasks
         Others follow example
         Leads small or large groups of people in decision-making processes
         Positively motivates others to accomplish a task.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Mercy
 
 
Mercy
(con’t)
         Works joyfully with people who need practical assistance
         Talks cheerfully and compassionately with the elderly and shut-ins
         Can just be with people who are hurting
         Joyfully works with others who can do little if anything in
response
         Enjoys doing things to comfort people during sickness or times of trouble.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Music
 
 
         Joyfully sings praises to God either alone or with other people
         Gives others pleasure by playing a musical instrument effectively
         Finds much pleasure in the routine practice of singing
         Knows that singing has been a spiritual encouragement to others
         Is spiritually uplifted by singing or playing an instrument
 
 
___ of 5
 
Serving
 
 
         Enjoys being called on to do special jobs
         Enjoys routine work at church that would seemingly bore other people
         Experiences satisfaction in doing menial tasks for the glory of God
         Is content to take orders rather than give them
         Gladly responds when others express a need for help.
 
 
___ of 5
 
 
Shepherding
 
         Gives trusted and caring advice
         Provides guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people
         Models with their life what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus
         Establishes trust and confidence through long-term relationships
         Leads and protects those within their span of care.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Teaching
 
 
         Enjoys helping other people learn Biblical facts and principles which aid in the building up of their lives
         Finds joy in sharing with children or adults knowledge about learning and applying God's word
         Sees the faith of others' strengthened by teaching about Christ
         Enjoys presenting and discussing Biblical truths with others
         Freely and effectively shares the love of Christ with children and/or adults in an effective and meaningful manner.
 
 
___ of 5
 
Writing
 
         Enjoys formulating thoughts and ideas into effective written form
         Feels secure in the fact that words written will be of benefit to those who read them
         Composes or arranges articles in an efficient meaningful style
         Finds much pleasure in composing and writing paragraphs and stories for the edification of others
         Has the ability and desire to communicate in writing what God is doing through the church
 
 
___ of 5
 
Rank the order your top three gifts from the Spiritual Gifts Inventory.
 
1. __________________________ 2. __________________________ 3. _________________________
 
List your top 3 GIFTS on back page
 
 
 
HEART PASSION ASSESSMENT
 
1.      If lack of money and time could not stop you, what would be some things that you would want to do in service to God and others?
A.
 
B.
 
C.
 
 
2.      Have you seen someone doing something in service to the Lord and others that caused emotion to well up within you? What are some of those things?
 
 
 
 
3.      Describe one of you most fulfilling and enjoyable achievements. What did you do? What encouragement DID YOU GET FROM OTHERS? How did you feel while doing it?
 
 
 
 
4.     Think of a famous person or a person that you know well. Write their name down and what one of their passions are: (Example: Billy Graham-reaching people for Christ, Mother Teresa-serving the poor, someone in your family/church)
 
 
 
 
5.     What do you think some of your family or friends would say about you if you began following a passion in your heart to serve?
 
 
 
 
God had a purpose in giving you your inborn interests. In fact, your emotional heartbeat reveals a very important key to understanding God’s design and intention for your life. These heartbeats are described as passions in three different areas –Roles, People and Causes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HEART PASSION FOR A ROLE
 
WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING?
 
Checkmark the roles you find fulfilling. If none apply to you or you think of another one, write it down on the “other” line at the end of the assessment.
 
I LOVE TO…….
 
         DESIGN/DEVELOP: I love to make something out of nothing. I enjoy getting something started from scratch.
         PIONEER: I love to test and try out new things. I am not afraid to risk failure.
         ORGANIZE: I love to bring order out of chaos. I enjoy organizing something that is already started.
         OPERATE/MAINTAIN: I love to efficiently maintain something that is already organized.
         SERVE/HELP: I love to assist others in their responsibility. I enjoy helping others succeed.
         ACQUIRE/POSSESS: I love to shop, collect or obtain things. I enjoy getting the highest quality for the best price.
         EXCEL: I love to be the best and make my team the best. I enjoy setting and attaining the highest standard.
         INFLUENCE: I love to get people moving by sharing my ideas or experiences. I enjoy shaping the attitudes and behavior of others.
         PERFORM: I don’t mind being on stage and receiving the attention of others. I enjoy being in the limelight.
         IMPROVE: I love to make things better. I enjoy taking something that someone else has designed or started and improve it.
         REPAIR: I love to fix what is broken or change what is out of date.
         LEAD/BE IN CHARGE: I am energized when I lead the way, oversee and supervise.
         PERSEVERE: I love to see things to completion. I enjoy persisting at something until it is finished.
         FOLLOW THE RULES: I love to operate by policies and procedures. I enjoy meeting the expectations of an organization or boss.
         PREVAIL: I love to fight for what is right and oppose what is wrong. I enjoy overcoming injustice.
         OTHER:_________________________________________________________________
 
 
TOP 3 Roles
1.
 
2.
 
3.
 
 
Please record your Top 3 ROLES on the back page.
 
HEART PASSION FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE
WHOM DO YOU LIKE TO HELP?
Checkmark the following people on whom you feel you can have the greatest impact.
         Infants/Babies
 
         Couples
 
         Young Marrieds
 
         Middle School Students
 
         Preschool children
 
         Singles
 
         Elementary Children
 
         Toddlers
 
         College/Career Age
 
         Senior High Students
 
         Older Adults 60+
 
         Women
 
         Single Parents
 
         Men
 
         Families
 
         Widowed
 
         Young Adults (Post-College-Early Career)
 
         Newcomers
 
         Other___________________
 
Top 3 People Groups:
 
1.___________________________2._________________________3.__________________________
 
Please record your Top 3 PEOPLE GROUPS on the back page.
 
HEART PASSION FOR A CAUSE
WHAT DO I GET EXCITED ABOUT?
Checkmark what cause(s) that get your adrenalin flowing.
         At Risk Children
         Helping in disaster recovery
         Homelessness
         Financial management
         Health and/or fitness
         Evangelism
         Illness Support
         Fellowship
         Abuse/Violence
         Cancer
         Business
         The Disabled
         Education
         Environment
         The Hungry
         Building/Repair
         Veterans
         Supporting Folks in Grief
         Law & Justice
         Mobilizing Volunteers
         Music
         Art
         Parenting
         Prayer
         Race
         Worship
         Families/Marriage
         Divorce Recovery
         Technology
         Missions
         Drug and alcohol Recovery
         Athletics
         Ethics
         Sexuality &/or Gender issues
         Hospitality
         Other_________________
 
Top 3 Causes
1.
2.
3.
Please record your top 3 CAUSES on back page.
 
 
ABILITIES ASSESSMENT
WHAT GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES HAVE SURFACED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
Checkmark the abilities that apply to you:
         Artistic ability: conceptualize, draw, paint, photograph, etc.
         Athletic ability: coach or participate in a sport
         Classifying ability: systematize and file books, data, records, and materials
         Cooking ability: prepare meals for large and small groups
         Counseling ability: listen, encourage, and guide with sensitivity
         Counting ability: work with numbers, data or money
         Decorating ability: beautify a setting for a special event
         Developing ability: improve, tinker, make better, modify
         Editing ability: proofread or rewrite
         Entertaining ability: perform, act, dance, speak
         Evaluating ability: analyze data and draw conclusions
         Graphics ability: layout, design, create visual displays or banners
         Hobby-related ability: work with hands in a certain activity
         Interviewing ability: talking with people and discovering what people are like
         Landscaping ability: gardening and work with plants
         Leadership ability: ”head honcho”, coordinate, cast vision, direct, lead
         Learning ability: observe, practice, research, study
         Managing ability: supervise people to accomplish a task or event
         Mechanical Operating ability: operate tools or machinery
         Musical ability: sing or play a musical instrument
         Organizational ability: bring order and organization to people and programs
         Planning ability: strategize, design, and organize programs or events
         Promoting ability: advertise or promote events and activities
         Recruiting ability: enlist and motivate people to get involved
         Repairing ability: fix, restore, maintain
         Researching ability: read, gather information, collect data
         Resourceful ability: search out and find resources at a lower cost
         Sewing/Needlework ability: work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine
         Teaching ability: explain, train, demonstrate, tutor
         Technical ability: operate or repair various equipment
         Visualizing ability: conceptualize, picture, dream
         Welcoming ability: convey warmth, develop rapport, making others feel welcome
         Writing ability: write articles, papers, letters, books
         Other: ___________________________________________________________
 
Top 3 Abilities
1.
2.
3.
Please record your top 3 Abilities on the back page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
PERSONAL STYLE ASSESSMENT
It is obvious that God does not use a cookie cutter to create people. He makes us all unique and that includes our own personal style. God loves variety and He made introverts and extroverts --- He made people who love routine and those who love variety --- He made some “thinkers” and some “feelers” and some “doers”. How did He make you?
 
Place a checkmark next to appropriate descriptions. Add them up and double for total in each of the four boxes. No score in any box can exceed 28 points.
C
CL
TP
A
         Takes charge
         Determined
         Assertive
         Firm
         Bold
         Purposeful
         Enterprising
         Competitive
         Decision Maker
         Leader
         Goal driven
         Self-reliant
         Enjoys challenges
         Adventurous
         Takes risks
         Visionary
         Motivator
         Energetic
         Fun Loving
         Likes variety
         Very verbal
         Promoter
         Enjoys change
         Creative
         Group oriented
         Mixes well
         Avoids detail
         Optimistic
         Loyal
         Non-demanding
         Even keel
         Avoids conflict
         Enjoys routine
         Dislikes
pushiness
         Good listener
         Adaptable
         Sympathetic
         Thoughtful
         Nurturing
         Patient
         Tolerant
         Deep
relationships
 
         Deliberate
         Controlled
         Reserved
         Predictable
         Practical
         Orderly
         Factual
         Discerning
         Detailed
         Analytical
         Inquisitive
         Precise
         Persistent
         Scheduled
 
 
Total X2= _______
 
 
Total X2=_________
 
Total X2=_________
 
Total X2=_________
 
Chart each of these totals from above onto the graph below. Also list Personal Style totals on back page.
Personality Graph
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G (TP)
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C = COACH
 
You will naturally. . . .
CL = CHEERLEADER
You will naturally. . . .
TP = TEAM PLAYER
You will naturally . . . .
A = ANALYST
 
You will naturally. . . .
 
 
• Gravitate to positions of leadership
 
• Be decisive and quick to make decisions
 
• Avoid chit-chat and want to “get to the point”
 
• Have the time
orientation of “let’s do it
now!”
 
• Love to overcome
obstacles and take on
challenges
 
• May not see the impact of your words or
criticisms on others
 
• Says, “Okay team, this is what we need to do!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
• Make life fun!
 
• Love to talk to others
 
• Easily get excited and
Encouraged
 
• Enjoy groups and high
activity level
 
• Avoid details, close
accountability and
deadlines
 
• Have the future oriented time frame of “it’ll all work out!”
 
• Says, “Go team! We can do it!”
 
 
 
• Want to go deep in your relationships
 
• Express tremendous
loyalty to those you love
 
• Listen attentively (and at length) to another’s
problems
 
• Be more sensitive to
needs of others than
other bents
 
• Carry emotional and
financial stability
 
• Prefer stability . . . even if it means peace at all costs.
 
• Says, “Remember that
we’re a team!”
 
 
 
• Want to do things right
and by the book
 
• Strive for accuracy and quality, not quickness
 
• See a person’s past as a key to trusting them in the future
 
• Want clearly defined
tasks, limited risk, and
an open door environment for asking
questions of clarification
 
• Be very creative in
designing helpful
systems, if encouraged
and allowed to work at
your own pace
 
• Be so good at taking
things apart, you can
also take people apart
and become a strong
critic when wronged
 
• Says, “To be effective
this team needs to
follow the playbook!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT
WORK EXPERIENCES
What jobs have you been most effective in and enjoyed the most? List them below
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
 
LIFE EXPERIENCES
From what problems, hurts, pains or trials have you learned that you can in turn help others? Check all that apply to you.

 
         Abortion
         Abuse Adoption
         Alcoholism
         Alzheimer’s/
Dementia
         Bankruptcy
         Cancer
         Chronic Pain
         Crisis Pregnancy
         Death/Grief
         Depression
         Dysfunctional Family Divorce
         Drug Abuse/Addiction
         Eating Disorder
         Extended Court Proceedings
         Extended Job Loss
         Extended Physical Illness/Injury
         Handicapped/
Disabled
         Homeless
         Military Service
         Miscarriage
         Orphaned
         Prison
         Recovery Program
         Remarried
         Separated and/or Restored Marriage
         Suicide
         Widowed
         Other____________

 
Top 3 Life Experiences 1_____________________2_____________________3___________________
 
MINISTRY EXPERIENCES
Where have you enjoyed serving in the past? Check all that apply to you.
 
         Usher/Greeter
         Teacher (Adults)
         Teacher/Helper (Youth)
         Teacher/Helper (Children)
         Kitchen
         Music (Instrument)
         Music (Vocal)
         Mission Trip
         Tutoring
         Drama
         Small Group Leader
         Mentor
         Financial Counselor
         Coach (Baseball)
         Coach (Basketball)
         Meals Ministry
         Counseling
         Food Pantry
         Bus/Van Driver
         Sound Board
         Library
         Hospital Visitation
         Prayer Team
         Snack in Packs
         Vacation Bible School
         Acolyte
         Greeter
         Program/Event Coordinator
         Writing
         Tape/CD Ministry
         Cleaning Crew
         Office Work
         Recovery Ministry
         Special Needs Children
         Property Care (snow removal/landscaping)
         Welcoming Ministry
         Other____________

 
 
Top 3 Ministry Experiences    1. __________________2.___________________3.__________________

 
 
Please transfer your top 3’s for life and ministry experiences to the back page
 
 
 
 
BACK PAGE
 
YOUR S.H.A.P.E. PROFILE
Name____________________________________________DOB___________________
Address_________________________________________________________________
City________________________________________State___________Zip___________
Home Phone_________________________Work or Cell Phone_____________________
Email____________________________________________________________________
List your top 3 SPIRITUAL GIFTS
1_______________________2_______________________3________________________
 
List your passion for your top 3 ROLES
1_______________________2_______________________3________________________
 
List your passion for your top 3 PEOPLE
1_______________________2_______________________3________________________

 
 
List your passion for your top 3 CAUSES
1_______________________2_______________________3________________________
 
List your top 3 ABILITIES
 1_______________________2_______________________3________________________
 
 List total for each PERSONALITY STYLE
     Coach______      Cheerleader______      Team Player______      Analyst______
 
 List any WORK EXPERIENCES that you have had that could be used in God’s Kingdom:
 1._____________________2._________________________3.______________________
 
 List any LIFE EXPERIENCES that you have had that could be used in God’s Kingdom:
 1._____________________2._________________________3.______________________
 
 List any MINISTRY EXPERIENCES that you have had that could be used in God’s Kingdom:
 1._____________________2._________________________3.______________________