I love lists. They help me gather my thoughts and focus on what to do next. I like to write them in the order the tasks should be done. I like to group “like” things together on the list. Lists gladden my heart.
As a teacher, I learned that not everyone else loves lists. Some of my students just picked a few things from their lists; others immediately lost their lists.
I am taking a Methodist “Spiritual Gifts” class through our Mississippi River District. We are using William J. Carter’s book Each One A Minister. He defines spirituality as “a closer walk with God”. He says that gifts are given to ALL of us by God to do ministry; “The church is the sum of the gifts of its members.”
So far we have taken three different inventory tests with 128, 105, and 160 questions. Ugh. I think that even I am reaching my List Limit……
Based on my responses, I have re-affirmed what my “Spiritual Gifts” are. Our class is looking at various lists of “Spiritual Gifts” including 16, 32, or 12 listings of things. Here’s William Carter’s gifts/ministries list:
- Inviting and Inspiring Worship
- Welcoming and Relational
- Congregational Care
- Teaching and Learning
- Spiritual Growth
- Support and Encouragement
I am gathering a collection of Spiritual Gifts materials, and you are welcome to borrow them! I’ll start a list of what I lend out….