Impact Leadership Retreat. Part 2

December 8, 2011 at 12:06 AM 4 comments

This post is a continuation of our Impact Leadership Retreat. There will probably a few more before I have reported on all the sessions.

The next two session where all about discovering each person’s unique SHAPE. The acrostic SHAPE stands for Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personalities, and experiences. I will briefly touch on each so you get an idea of what we discussed.

Spiritual Gifts. These are God-given abilities, given to each believer at conversion by the Holy Spirit to share his love and strengthen the body of Christ. One thing that is very important is discovering your spiritual gifts is not the ultimate goal, using them to bless other is.

The list of spiritual gifts are the following with all the Scripture references:

1 Corinthians 12:28-31, Romans 12:6-10, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:9-10. Administration, apostleship, discernment, encouragement, evangelism, faith, giving, healing, helping, hospitality, interpretation, knowledge, leadership, mercy, miracles, pastoring, prophecy, teaching, tongues & wisdom.

I gave each person a chance to fill out a spiritual gifts assessment test so they could figure out what gifts they have and then I exhorted everyone to start using their gifts if they haven’t already started to. And I warned them to not compare, the problem with comparing is sometimes we put bigger value on more visible gifts (teaching & leadership) and lesser value on those not as visible. Just because a gift is visible doesn’t mean it is more valuable or significant. All gifts are important to the building up of the body of Christ.

Heart. The spiritual passion God has given you so that you can glorify him here on earth.

To find out what your heartbeat is we discussed 5 questions: 1. What drive you? What doe you dream about, what do you desire, what do you really want to do for God, what motivates you to action, what do you crave? 2. Who do you care about? God has placed people in your life who he wants you to help him reach. 3. What needs will you meet? What are the top 2 needs I love meeting? What lessons have I learned that I could pass on to others? 4. What cause will you help conquer? What cause or issue makes my heart race? Where could I make the greatest impact for God with the gifts I have? 5. What dream will you fulfill? What pursuit would release the passion in my life for God? What God-centered dreams can I identify that have been buried in my life? What would I attempt to do for God with the rest of my life?

Then I asked them to take the next few minutes to “paint” their emotional heartbeat God has given them by answering the above questions.

 Look for the rest of the SHAPE sessions in my next post … Abilities, Personality and Experience.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Honey  |  December 16, 2011 at 10:31 PM

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