The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.


The spiritual gift that enables the receiver to formulate, direct and carry out plans necessary to fulfill a purpose.

People with this gift are usually: organized, goal-oriented, thorough, objective, efficient, responsible, conscientious.

Cautions for people with this gift: being open to adjusting their plans so that they don’t stifle a leader’s vision; not using people simply to accomplish goals without concern for their growth in the process.

Biblical references: 1 Corinthians 12:28, Acts 14:23

Adapted from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts and used here with permission. Copyright © 2011 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written by Valora K Starr.


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