The following list of spiritual gifts may not be all-inclusive; they were copied from a “Spiritual Gift Questionnaire” by Elmer L. Towns several years ago. These are his lists and descriptions. I will list each spiritual gift with a short description. Please review each gift, determine if you know what your spiritual gift is, and then record your answer in the poll. Spiritual Gifts Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. As you review the following gifts, it is important to remember that every child of God has been given a spiritual gift. You may see a particular gift that “best” describes you, and then see other gifts that apply to you as well. The reason for that is that although God has given each of us a particular gift, we are to be doing our best to manifest “all” of the gifts to the best of our ability. In other words, God has called us all to teach, exhort, serve, administrate, evangelize, and to show mercy. Prophecy: That special ability to see the influence of evil, as did the Old Testament prophets and warn God’s people of its damage. The prophet has a deep passion to defend God’s reputation, stand for issues, and often uses negative motivation, i.e. “Thus saith the Lord…” Ministry (Helps or Serving): That special ability to do service-oriented work for God in necessary tasks that may seem routine and mundane. The helper usually enjoys serving without public attention, doing such tasks as preparing a meeting room or working on the church building. Teaching: That special ability and desire to study God's Word and share with others what is learned. The teacher enjoys communicating information to individuals or groups. Exhortation: That special ability to find and communicate to others practical ways of serving God. The exhorter is a positive motivator, knowing that practical Christianity will change the lives of others. Giving: That special ability to contribute material resources to God’s work. The giver has a great desire to share time, talent, and treasure with liberality and self-sacrificing cheerfulness. Ruling (Administration): That special ability to manage human, financial, and physical resources in an efficient manner. The administrator functions by planning, organizing, leading, and supervising. Mercy: That special ability to identify with those in distress and sympathetically give spiritual comfort and support. The merciful ministers through identifying with those in distress and comes along side to comfort them. Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Evangelism: That special ability to lead unsaved people to the knowledge of Christ. The evangelist has a passion for souls, a clear understanding of the gospel, and a tendency to be confrontational in approaching people because of the urgency of the task. Shepherding (Pastor): That special ability to lead a group of believers. The shepherd has a desire to help the group determine its spiritual goals, provide direction as they move toward the goal, and protect group members from harmful influences.