Friday Five: Gifts and Talents

Sally from RevGals writes: Our Circuit (Methodist) is having a “Gifts and talents day” tomorrow- we have a minister visiting from another circuit who has modified the Myers Briggs personality test and added a few things of his own to run a day where we get to look at ourselves in the light of giftings and of the whole church. The idea is to encourage everyone with the news that there is room for you in the ministry of the church- and perhaps to discover where that ministry might be…..

It should be an interesting day, and one where I hope people will leave feeling encouraged and challenged…

So with gifts and talents in mind here is today’s Friday 5:

1. Personality tests; love them or hate them?
I’ve taken enough of them that I should hate them (LOL) but interestingly enough, I enjoy them! The only one I found creepy was the Rorschach inkblots test I was required to take during my music therapy internship at a psychiatric facility… I guess I passed.

2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture ?
I am a mixture. Not so creative as to be impractical. Not so intellectual as to lose my creativity. And not so practical that I can’t have FUN! (I am probably the only person in my church who has a chicken hat! And who bought one for her long-suffering husband as well. I lent them out for VBS this week…)

3. It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had yours yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it to be?
I guess I have. DD#1 and I were in the Washington Post about 8 years ago… and includes a horrible picture of yours truly for anyone to Google and find!!!

4. If you were given a 2 year sabbatical ( oh the dream of it) to create something would it be music, literature, art…..something completely different…share your dream with us…
Wow. Well, this idea just came to me so here goes. I’d like to write a musical for a book like “Blue Like Jazz” or “Velvet Elvis” or something else that pulls the church out of “Andy of Mayberry” and into life today.

5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you.
Knitting. Painting anything other than a wall or wood trim. Drawing anything beyond a stick figure. Dancing better than Elaine on “Seinfeld”.

Bonus question: Back to the church- what does every member ministry mean to you? Is it truly possible to encourage/ implement?
The Scriptural mandate for “every member ministry” is indeed a powerful one. We need each other. The world needs us to be who we are created to be.

If each member begins to see their personal, God-created pool of talents and gifts, and decides to use them for the glory of God, then yes, I think it is possible. If “spiritual gifts surveys” remain as a “fill-the-slot-in-the-church-program” impetus, then no, it will fall flat every time. (And I think that is why many churches try these programs… to be perfectly frank!)

Deb

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