Here is a process for helping people deploy their spiritual gifts in your small group. It will help the group function more effectively and allow each member to grow and mature in their area of giftedness.
- Cast a vision for mutual ministry. Together you should read and study Ephesians 4:11-13, Romans 12 :6-8, and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28. Help your group understand the value of serving together and serving one another.
- Help members identify their gifts. Spiritual gift assessment tools like Network and S.H.A.P.E. will help people identify their gifts. Go through this material as a group or encourage individuals to take advantage of these programs as they are offered by the church.
- Discuss giftedness with each other. Ask group members to explain their gifts to the group and how they might use them to encourage other members of the group.
- Serve in areas of giftedness. Allow people to serve according to areas of giftedness and passion within your small group. Check out the Service Outlet for McLane Church. The online access to this ministry area allows you to sort service opportunities by spiritual gifts as well as in other ways, such as ministry area, days & times needed, etc.
- Consider ministry opportunities. Discuss ministry opportunities within the group that will utilize people's giftedness.
Adapted from Leading Life-Changing Small Groups by Bill Donahue
NOTE: A quantity of this book area available for group leaders to take and use. Stop by the GroupLife Center for your copy.