As discussed earlier, our Lord desires to see us using our natural and spiritual abilities (Matthew 25:14-30.) However, when we take a leadership role, whether serving as a teacher, preacher, pastor, or group leader, we are responsible for helping every member utilize their abilities.
But how do we discover someone's unique abilities and engage them according to their niche? You may find the following suggestions helpful to get started:
Inform and explain to your group in one of the gatherings that you want to identify each one's unique abilities. Then, ask them to share a few stories the following week about their accomplishments that made them feel energized and proud.
When the group meets, ask them to share some success stories about what they love to do. Then, ask everyone to listen carefully and observe the body language and the tone of voice when someone shares. People talk about ordinary things in an almost monotonous voice. But when they share something exciting, they speak with energy in their voice and body language. For example, a plumber who has ended up fixing broken pipes will talk about it with a dull tone. But suppose he loves fixing computers, even if it isn't his profession. He will share excitedly how knowledgeable he is about computers. When people talk about their favorite activity, they tell it with energy and excitement. And that's how you can detect their niche.
After hearing everyone's story, ask for group feedback on every individual so that every one may realize what the group thinks about their abilities. Finding everyone's passion is essential in building a dynamic and strong team. So, help each individual to engage in an activity or a ministry that utilizes their abilities. For example, someone may love writing a skit, while another may enjoy playing it. So you want to build a team to play beautiful performances for the group or even for larger communities.
People serving in a ministry remain more supportive of their church or group than those who don't. Therefore, when every member contributes according to their passion, the church or the group expands and multiplies:
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly." Romans 12:6-8
So, let's expand the kingdom of our Lord by serving each other and with each other.
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