I took an APEST profile test a few minutes ago to help sort out what my spiritual gifts were. It’s a series of 50 questions and you answer which one of two most describes you by your gut reaction. It puts a number from greatest to least what your spiritual gifts are. The five it chooses from are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds & Teachers.
The way it numbered me was Teaching, 36; Prophetic, 29; Evangelistic, 27; Apostolic, 21; and Shepherding, 8. My profile says my Assessment is Teaching + Prophetic and is described as follows:
“The Teacher Prophet has a deep understanding of what God is calling us to. The TP is motivated to pursue the great ideas of Christianity and to explain how God’s truth calls and informs our involvement. The TP has a dynamic understanding of truth and an urgency to respond to the implications of truth. The Teacher Prophet is motivated to meed the needs of the kingdom and deep comprehension of why to support it.”
The characteristics of a Teacher, which is my primary 1 characteristic are: Effective communicator of Truth; Others led to a deeper understanding and ownership; Philosopher, imparter of ideas and principles; Translator of great complexities into simple teachings; Systematizer for solutions, process and integration; Guides others with wisdom and understanding; Encourages exploration in thinking toward solutions; Core issue is understanding; Have a curiosity to know more and to explain this knowledge; Strong desire for people to understand teachings and wisdom of God; Willing to take the time for people to understand for themselves; & Discerns audience’s ability to comprehend, starts there.
The characteristics for my Primary 2 characteristic, Prophetic, are as follows: Questions what has become normative; Disturbs common thinking and practices; Agitates for positive change; Desires learning for purposes to influence; Discerns the message of Truth; Seeks to ensure an authentic response to Truth; Core issue is one’s relationship with God; Urgency felt now, in the moment, “this must happen”; Comfortable dismantling the present for future hope; Deep compassion for the cause of the people; Inspires all people to respond to God’s message; May communicate creatively to get message across.
Secondary 1 is Evangelistic, which was a close second to Prophetic so I’m posting its definition, too. Definition: Evangelistic leadership communicates the gospel message in a way that people respond by having a greater faith in themselves and their purpose. In a leader, he or she is a communicator/recruiter, taking the organizations message to the outside and convincing them of it. The Evangelistic leader impacts the community through expansion.
So my question for those of you who know me is, What do you think? Prophetic was 29 and Evangelistic was 27, so that’s not too much of a difference, which is why I posted them both. It just didn’t give all the characteristics of the Evangelist, so I didn’t post that part. Anyway, leave a comment and tell me what you think, please!!!