We’re exploring the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Last time, we looked at what are called motivational gifts. We all have one or two of these gifts wired into our DNA. If you don’t know yours yet, I encourage you to go before God and say, “Lord, I’m looking at this list of gifts that You have put here in Romans chapter 12 – which one is me?”
Now, let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about the second group of gifts – leadership gifts.
There are five leadership gifts: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher:
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11–12)
An apostle is someone who gets sent out by the church to go and do a new work. The 12 Apostles were Jesus’ disciples who were then ‘sent out’ to build the church – to plant new churches. Paul was ‘sent out’ and he planted a lot of new churches.
Then there are prophets, who speak God’s will into people’s lives. They go to God in prayer and say, “Lord, what are You doing today?” They have a gift to hear Him really clearly, and then to go and speak that into people’s lives.
Other people are evangelists. Friends of mine, Peter and Ruth, are born evangelists; they can’t help themselves. They sit at a bus stop and before long they are talking to some stranger about Jesus (again!). That’s just how they’re wired; it’s how God has made them.
Churches are full of people who are gifted to be pastors. And I don’t mean the ‘minister’ of the church. By ‘pastor’ I mean the sort of person who hangs with people for the long term; who walks with them through difficult times; who cares and encourages and prays.
Finally, some people are called to be teachers – that’s what I’m doing now! If we were all teachers, life would be very boring. Fortunately, God picks only a few.
These are the leadership giftings. They are not for everyone, but their role is to build the body of Christ.
Next time, we will look at the third group of giftings, called spiritual giftings.
Leadership gifts are not given to all believers, unlike motivational gifts and spiritual gifts. So here are some simple tests that you can apply to see whether God is calling you to be a leader in a given situation: