Help Your People Use Their Spiritual Gifts to Serve Others and Experience Significance

You were born with unique gifts and talents; you need a place to make sure those gifts and talents are being put to their highest and best use. The local church provides an environment in which you can use your gifts and talents for the benefit of God and others.

This is part of God’s plan for you to experience significance.

Paul couldn’t have been more straightforward about this when writing to his friend Timothy: “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.” (1 Tim. 4:14 NKJV).

When you use your gifts and talents in accordance with what God is doing around you, incredible things will happen. You will feel alive and connected to a greater purpose. You will feel the power of God in your life as you do what you are good at to serve him. You will be a help and encouragement to the people around you.

Whether you are a musician, a tech person, someone who enjoys working with kids, a leader of people, or someone with a personality perfect for welcoming others, you can play a specific role suited to your gifts in the local church. You may know exactly how you are gifted. If so, getting plugged in should be easy for you. If you are unsure about how to serve, many spiritual gift assessments can help you figure out how you are wired.

You can find one at Or ask a leader in your church what type of assessments your church has available.

– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from p. 96 of The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness

With your copy of The New You, you will come away with specific strategies on how to lose weight, get more sleep, lower stress, nurture better relationships, connect with God and much more! Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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