Serving Your Community With Your Unique Gifts

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.
— Romans 12:4-6

You have been blessed with precious gifts and talents; it gives God great honor when you delight in your gifts and use them fully. So what gifts do you have? In particular, what can you do with them to serve your community?

What Gifts Do I Have?

Before you can serve your community with your unique gifts, first you need to know what those gifts are. The funny thing is that's often the question that people have a hard time figuring out themselves.

To find out what gifts you have, you can take quizzes to help you find out what personality, strengths and weaknesses you have. I have taken the Myers-Briggs test and the Strength Finder test. 

Another effective way is to ask your spouse, your friends and your family. Ask them, "what kind of gifts and talents do you see in me?", "what's a good way for me to serve my community using my gifts?". With their third-person point of view, they will give you a clearer idea on what your gifts are.

What better way to find out what your gifts and talents are than to ask Him who created you? Spend some time in prayer, asking God what gifts and talents He's given you. Ask Him how He wants to use you in your community. Ask Him to give you opportunities to serve in the community. 

How to Serve Your Community

Now that you've found out what gifts and talents you were created with, what can you do to bless your community with those gifts? Since there are tons of different gifts, it's hard for me to specify a particular gift here. But I've categorized them into different types of skills. I hope they will give you some new ideas on how to serve your community with what God has given you! (PS if you need help coming up with ideas for your particular gift, feel free to email me here.)

Creative Skills

  • Give at-risk or low income kids music or instrument lessons
  • Take photos for families at the children's hospital
  • Teach a crafty skill at the women's shelter
  • Create marketing graphics for your local charity

Organizational/Analytical Skills

  • Organize the pantry at the food bank
  • Organize your church's closets/pantries
  • Analyze your local charity's website data

Leadership/Teaching Skills

  • Teach a Sunday School class
  • Teach elders how to use a computer at the nursing home
  • Lead a service project
  • Lead a women's prayer group or a Moms In Prayer group

Administrative Skills

  • Offer to do data entry for your church or your local charity
  • Plan an event for your church
  • Organize your church's directory
  • Update inventory at your local shelter
  • File paper work for your church office

These are just ideas I'm throwing out. One of the best ways to know how you can serve is by asking the people you want to serve - "I have _______ skill. What can I do to serve you?" I'm sure they'll be glad you asked.

Have you had experience serving your community with your unique gifts? I'd love to hear about it! Please feel free to share in the comments below :)