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Your Gifts Go Beyond You

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have purpose and others seem to be going through life aimlessly? You can just tell, can’t you? Some people seem to get up in the morning and they’re excited they have the breath to breathe and want to get at life…and others seem to just exist. I believe that the difference lies in some people realizing their giftedness; they understand how they are wired and where their strengths are. And they line up what they have to do during the day with these gifts and it brings them purpose.

Jesus says that every individual has gifts, which are special abilities that can be used to encourage others.

Here is my main point: Gifts are never designed to be used just for us.

Now for those who may be reading this who do not read the Bible on a regular basis, there are two places in Scripture that list what spiritual gifts are:

  1. Romans 12:6–8
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:8–10

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There are gifts of leadership, of generosity, of service, of hospitality, etc. There are certain people who truly enjoy hosting people and bringing them to their house to serve and entertain them. Others have anxiety attacks over being a host. Some people are really good with their hands and can build incredible things. Others seem like they have no hands when they try to build something.

But, everybody has gifts! When we understand what our gifts are, we begin to understand who we are and what we are designed to do.

And, these gifts are never for ourselves, they never inward-focused.

A gift, a special skill that God gives us, is always about benefitting others and in this process of benefitting others, we are benefitted. I have mentioned this in past posts, and I’m talking about it again because I really believe that if people came to grips with who they are and the abilities God has given them, they would begin to feel purpose.

And in the process of developing these gifts, there’s a wellness and joy that begins to blossom in people because they are doing what they were designed to do. And if you don’t know what your gifts are, you can go directly to our online spiritual gifts test and learn.

So, when you get up in the morning what do you get excited about? What lights you up and gives you direction?

One last thing: Don’t put high emphasis on your weaknesses; instead, develop what God has given you and you will approach each and every day as an opportunity to fulfill your purpose here on earth.

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Nothing Happens Without Leadership

We’ve all heard it before and we all know this to be true, but nothing happens without leadership. Nothing happens without someone having a vision, without feeling a call, without seeing a need and responding accordingly.

At Venture Church, we put a high priority on leadership and developing leadership. This is evident by the fact that we will take approximately 120 people, including all of our staff, to the Global Leadership Summit this week.

The GLS is an event that literally attracts 200,000+ people and it’s happening again this year, August 10th-11th. It is simulcast at over 200 locations all over the US and, in the months to come, all around the world.

The GLS a highly-impactful 2 days of training and I can’t wait to see what we can glean this year from the incredible lineup of speakers!

Because we know that there are people in our church who serve, who lead, who have generous spirits, but who cannot take off two days of work to attend the GLS, Venture is providing our own leadership training!

We are providing an incredible night for all who serve – our volunteers, our leadership, our ministry leaders and members – at Equip Night 2017!

Equip Night is happening Sept. 15th and it is sure to be a great time of food, laughter, inspiration, teaching and instruction, and a time to specifically delve into the needs of our ministries for the coming season.

All of us can be better leaders.

If you are living and breathing, you have influence and you are a leader.

So, I ask this question: What are you doing to develop your influence? How are you becoming a better leader?

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