2017-03 Spiritual Gifts Course Being Offered


A course is being offered for personal and spiritual growth at The United Methodist Church – Point location. Have you ever been asked the question, “What is the church?” One answer is this: The church is the body of Christ on earth. Paul wrote, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

The Holy Spirit has given each of us unique gifts to carry out God’s work in the world. It is not easy, however, to discover our gifts or to develop and use them effectively. That is why our congregation is offering the course Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts.

Where do you fit into Christ’s plan for the world? The answer lies in the unique gifts God has given you. This course will provide a renewed understanding of who God created you to be and God’s design for Christian
community. You’ll find clues to your spiritual gifts in the Haugk Spiritual Gifts Inventory and other gifts
discovery activities. Then you’ll explore opportunities to further develop and use your gifts.

Using your gifts strengthens you spiritually and emotionally, which equips you to serve others. A biblical
emphasis on spiritual gifts does not turn people inward but impels them outward into ministry. Spiritual gifts mobilize the Christian community for “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”.

Patti and Randy Hermes, Mary Gurlea and Nea Miller, from the Stephen Ministry team, will teach this course. Sessions will cover such topics as the following:

      • Why you are unique
      • Finding real joy
      • Where your spiritual gifts come from
      • Love is at the heart of spiritual gifts
      • Exploring and applying your spiritual gifts

The class will meet on the four Tuesdays in April (the 4th through the 25th). Two class times are available on each of those days for you to choose from, in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and again in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The course will conclude with a Ministry Celebration on Tuesday, May 2 at those same times, which will affirm the efforts and accomplishments of course graduates and help individuals explore their
interests and involvement in using their gifts. A registration fee of $8 covers the cost of materials.

To learn more about the course, call Patti or Randy Hermes at 715-341-4152, Mary Gurlea at 715-321-2102 or Nea Miller at 715-344-0157. You can also find out more and register for the course on our website at stevenspointumc.org (scroll down and click on the Spiritual Gifts Course announcement). Also, brochures for the course are available in the Gathering Area on the Spiritual Gifts poster, “Have you ever…”

Your spiritual gifts have been given to you for ministry. When you begin to explore them, your eyes are opened to the marvelous possibilities that God has prepared for you. You see yourself and those around you in an
entirely new light. Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts can help you live your life more effectively and completely. Be part of this opportunity for personal and spiritual growth!

Use the form below to sign up for the course or to request additional information.
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