Spiritual Gifts in Community of Christ

I recently was looking through a whole bunch of archived CoC documents, when I came across a questionnaire. At the end of this document, it listed and described many spiritual gifts along with their scriptural references. I decided to transcribe it here:

Administrative Leadership

Understands the long-range goals of a particular jurisdictions, congregation, or group and harmonizes its activities. When this individual leads, people feel challenged and sense that their gifts are being effectively used. Broad, long-range programs are successful as goals are reached under this person’s leadership.

  • Acts 7: 10
  • 1st Corinthians 12: 28
  • Doctrine and Covenants 46: 6

Apostolic Witness

Empowered with a special witness of Christ and divine direction in spiritual matters relating to church expansion. This person may be asked to assume general leadership over one or more congregations.

  • 1 Corinthians 12: 28
  • 2 Corinthians 12: 12
  • Galatians 2: 7-10
  • Ephesians 3: 1-9; 4: 11-14
  • Doctrine and Covenants 148: 1-2; 151: 3b; 162: 7a, d

Sensitivity to the Spirit

Empowered to sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and minister as one sent on God’s behalf.

  • Matthew 4: 11
  • Luke 1: 11-19
  • John 20: 11, 12
  • Alma 10: 23, 24; 16: 145, 146
  • Moroni 10: 11
  • Doctrine and Covenants 67: 3; 83: 4c; 162: 7d, 8a

Artisanship

Skilled or gifted in creating things that are beautiful and inspiring.

  • Exodus 35: 31
  • Doctrine and Covenants 119: 8b

Discernment

Able to judge between right and wrong in relation to ministerial needs and opportunities. Also, this person can discern the source or validity/divinity of the manifestations of other gifts. Some may be empowered to see and identify the spiritual gifts others have been given.

  • Acts 5: 1-11; 16: 18
  • 1 Corinthians 12: 10
  • 1 John 4: 1-6
  • Alma 16: 51
  • Moroni 10: 11
  • Doctrine and Covenants 46:7G; 162:8A

Dreams and Visions

Enabled by the Spirit to experience dreams and/or visions that have great significance. These may be given for personal or group ministry, including interpretation of the past, present, and future.

Joel 2: 28
I Nephi 1: 60
Ether 4: 3

Evangelism

Empowered to share the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. With this gift comes the freedom to help others choose a new life in Christ and the church.

  • Acts 8:5, 6; 21:8
  • Ephesians 4:11, 14
  • 2 Timothy 4:5
  • Doctrine and Covenants 122:8c; 125:3-4; 161:3c, 6a; 162:3b, 7a, 7d, 8b

Exhortation

Has the spiritual ability to share encouragement and comfort as well as motivate toward more saintly living.

Acts 14:21-22; 20:21
Romans 12:8
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Hebrews 10:24-25
Alma 7:8-46
Doctrine and Covenants 147:2; 150:1b; 162:7a-d

Faith

Understands something of God’s will and acts on that conviction even though the need for that action is not necessarily apparent to others. Faith is to act as if that which is needed will be forthcoming.

Romans 4:19-21
1 Corinthians 12:9
Hebrews 11
Moroni 10:10
Doctrine and Covenants 34:3; 46:7; 162:7b

Sharing

A disciple shares generously through tithing (and at other appropriate opportunities) so that others may experience God’s generosity.

Matthew 10:8
Luke 10:34-35
Luke 19:8-9
Acts 4:34-35
1 Corinthians 16:2
2 Corinthians 8:2-5, 12; 9:7
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Jacob 2:22-24
Mosiah 2:43
Alma 1:45-47
Doctrine and Covenants 59:2; 154:5a, b; 161:5; 162:7

Healing

Empowered to serve as an instrument through whom God can bring healing (physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, or relational) and promote wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.

Acts 3:1-10; 5:12-16; 28:7-10
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28
I Nephi 3:83-85
IV Nephi 1:6, 7
Mormon 4:66
Moroni 10:10
Doctrine and Covenants 34:3c; 46:7c; 161:2a

Helps

Empowered to bring enabling ministries to others. This opens the way for others to exercise their gifts and extend their ministries. It is a gift of practical support to individuals and groups.

Acts 9:36
Romans 16:1, 2
1 Corinthians 12:28

Hospitality

Joyfully reaches out to others (friends and strangers), offering them a warm environment of welcome and fellowship, whether at church, home, work, or any other place.

Acts 16:14-15
Romans 12:9-13
1 Peter 4:9-10
Doctrine and Covenants 161:3a-c

Intercessory Prayer

Empowered to pray for others for an extended period of time on a regular basis. This individual is able through faith to expect answers to his/her prayers and have an appreciation for the potential of this ministry.

Acts 12:12
Ephesians 1:15-19
Colossians 12:9-12
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
1 Timothy 2:1-2
James 5:14-16
II Nephi 15:4
Words of Mormon 1:12
Moroni 8:3

Interpretation

Enabled by the Spirit to interpret significant experiences, and may have the ability to interpret the gospel message for other language and cultural groups.

Genesis 40
Daniel 5:1-17
1 Corinthians 12:10, 28; 14:13-19
Omni 1:44
Moroni 10:11
Doctrine and Covenants 46:7

Knowledge

Empowered to share the truths of the gospel. Has a continuing interest in discovering truth from the scriptures and other books, as well as life. This one is blessed with new insights, understandings, and recall of what has been studied, heard, or discussed.

1 Corinthians 2:14; 12:8
2 Corinthians 11:6
Colossians 2:2-3
II Nephi 9:117
Moroni 10:10
Doctrine and Covenants 10:7; 76:2

Leadership

Empowered to develop programs and set goals that are in accordance with God’s purposes. People who work with this person feel satisfied and fulfilled due to the leader’s ability to communicate, create harmony, and achieve success.

Acts 8:5-6
Romans 12:8
1 Timothy 6:11
Hebrews 13:17
Doctrine and Covenants 46:8a; 119:8

Mentor

Has the ability to be a wise, loyal friend; a careful listener; and a spiritual adviser.

Matthew 5:1-2; 17:1-8
1 Timothy 1:1-5

Mercy

Enabled to give caring support through feelings of deep compassion and empathy for those who suffer regardless of circumstances.

Matthew 25: 35-36, 40 / Matthew 20:29-34; 25:36-37, 41 (IV)
Luke 10:33-34 / Luke 10:34-35 (IV)
Acts 16:33-34
Romans 12:8
Galatians 2:10
Alma 7:12

Miracles

Empowered to be an intermediary through whom God can perform acts seen by others to be beyond the law of nature. These powerful events are often called “signs” because they point beyond themselves to the mystery of godliness.

Acts 9:32-42
Romans 15:18-19
1 Corinthians 12:10, 28
I Nephi 3:83-85
IV Nephi 1:6-7
Mormon 4:75-78
Doctrine and Covenants 34:3b-c; 83:11

Missionary

Divinely empowered to reach across cultures or subcultures to minister the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:4; 13:2, 3; 22:21
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Doctrine and Covenants 151:5a; 161:3c; 162:3b, 7a

Pastor/Shepherd

Blessed to be able to give long-term caring support to individuals or groups. There is a sense of belonging, identity, and acceptance through his or her ministry. Such a relationship offers a deep felt support and counsel in crisis situations.

John 10:1-18
Ephesians 4:11-12
1 Peter 5:1-3
Doctrine and Covenants 162:6c; 7a; 8b

Preaching

Able to preach with such insight and power that people are moved to become disciples and responsible members of the body of Christ, the church.

Acts 2:14-41; 8:5-8
Alma 7:31

Presence

Able to be in the presence of others and bring a blessing of the Spirit. This individual may speak only a few words, but with such quality that few words are necessary. The person’s presence is the only requirement for ministry to occur.

Doctrine and Covenants 4:2; 11:4

Prophecy

Empowered to receive divinely inspired insight regarding individuals and groups and to communicate it with great clarity. Ministry through this person often will be for encouragement, consolation, direction, or counsel.

Joel 2:28
Acts 15:32; 21:9-10
Romans 12:6
1 Corinthians 12:10
Ephesians 4:11-12
Jacob 3:7
Moroni 10:11
Doctrine and Covenants 46:7d

Teaching

Blessed to be able to help people learn and understand principles related to the gospel.

Acts 20:20-21
Romans 12:7
1 Corinthians 12:28
Ephesians 4:11-15
Moroni 10:10
Doctrine and Covenants 85:37b

The Arts (music, drama, writing)

Empowered by the Spirit (and personal preparation) to minister through any one or combination of these gifts. Those who hear or see are blessed by the Holy Spirit.

2 Chronicles 20:21, 28
Colossians 3:16
Doctrine and Covenants 119:6; 162:4a

Tongues

Endowed with the unique ability to share the gospel cross-culturally. This can be through an enhanced facility with non-native languages or through the ability to use culturally appropriate metaphors and images to effectively transmit the gospel. The gift also can be one where a person is empowered to share unique insights through unfamiliar language or where a person is helped to understand a communication even thought they do not know the language of the spokesperson.

Acts 2:1-6
1 Corinthians 12:10, 28; 14:13-19
Omni 1:44
Moroni 10:11
Doctrine and Covenants 46:7e

Wisdom

Endowed with insight in how knowledge or leadership may be applied to specific needs.

Acts 6:3, 10
1 Corinthians 12:8
II Nephi 9:117
Moroni 10:10
Doctrine and Covenants 46:7

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