Spiritual Gifts // Heart // Abilities // Personality // Experience

What's your S.H.A.P.E. for ministry?

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:10

You are God’s unique workmanship – the word can also be translated “masterpiece” – created and crafted for a purpose. What is that purpose? What are the good works that has God prepared for you? Discovering who God made you to be is an important step toward discerning what He intends for you to do. As Max Lucado says: “Can you be anything you want to be? I don’t think so. But can you be everything God wants you to be? I do think so. And you become that by discovering your uniqueness.”

This tool can help you discover your unique “SHAPE” for ministry. Your S.H.A.P.E. profile identifies five key factors that influence who you are. You can use this profile to help you discern the specific way God has designed you to make a difference in the world – your Kingdom purpose.

The ultimate goal of all this activity is to encourage and support you in living a life that draws people to Christ, serves people with the love of Christ, and brings glory to God.


  • Download the PDF here.
  • Follow the directions for each section of the S.H.A.P.E. assessment. There are five sections plus an Assets and Opportunity Inventory.
  • After completing the profile, summarize your observations in the S.H.A.P.E. Profile Summary.
  • Turn in a copy of your finished profile to the church office.
  • We will use this profile to help you  toward a richer, more fulfilling relationship with Jesus Christ—that fits your unique S.H.A.P.E and God’s specific plan for your life.

How do we define SHAPE?

Spiritual Gifts // Heart // Abilities // Personality // Experience

S = Spiritual Gifts
“To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Peter 4:10)
What am I gifted to do?
A spiritual gift can be defined as: “an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to serve in the body of Christ, the church“ (Gene Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership). God has gifted you with an expression of His Holy Spirit to support the vision and mission of His church. Spiritual gifts are not the same as natural talents or personality traits, though these can overlap. The main difference is that spiritual gifts are always used for the benefit of others, not your own enrichment or enjoyment.
Scripture identifies a number of specific gifts (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:9-11).

H = Heart
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
What am I passionate about doing?
The Bible uses the term heart to represent the center of one’s motivation, desires and inclinations. Each of us has a “ministry heartbeat” that quickens to different things. Our heart is a driving force in our life. We tend to focus our energies on what we most deeply care about and love to do. The “Heart” section of this tool looks at three areas of passion: Activities, People, and Causes.

A = Abilities
“I [God] have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” (Exodus 31:3)
What am I good at doing?
God gives everyone natural abilities and talents. You also learn skills through your vocation, home-based responsibilities or hobbies. What can you do with competence and confidence? What are your strengths in relation to working with others and accomplishing goals? This tool looks at two types of abilities: Actions (tasks) and Aptitudes (qualities). Pay special attention to your “Motivated Abilities” – things you both are capable of doing and enjoy doing.

P = Personality
“Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Luke 10:39-40)
What am I best suited to do?
God has created each individual with a unique temperament. The sisters Mary and Martha illustrate how people are wired differently – for example, Mary was relational, Martha was task-oriented. Your personality reflects how you relate to others, how you make decisions, what preferences guide your response to ministry opportunities. You were designed to serve in a certain style. Understanding how God has designed your personality will help you remain motivated and enable you to serve to your greatest potential.

E = Experience
“Now I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” (Philippians 1:12)
What has my life history prepared me to do?
Your past experiences have helped to shape your character, hone your abilities and influence your desire to serve. This is especially true of your painful experiences and problems you have overcome with God’s help. Our most powerful witness comes out of our weaknesses, rather than our strengths (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 11:30, 12:9-10). God wants you to be open to ministering to people who are walking through the same valley you have already passed through! This tool will ask you to consider what life experiences could translate into fruitful ministry.