A spiritual gift is described as a "charism" or "charismata" in the Greek of the Bible and is an extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are listed primarily in 1 Corinthians 12 Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 1 Peter 4. An example of a list of spiritual gifts is 1 Corinthians 12.8-10, "To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues."
Saint Paul notes earlier in 1 Corinthians 12.4, "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them." Spiritual gifts should be distinguished from the fruit of the Spirit, in Galatians 5.22 as "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" which all Christians are meant to possess. This Gift Discovery Seminar aims to help individual Christians to discover, develop and use their spiritual gifts, skills and talents. This Seminar is based on the Fuller Theological Seminary Model and other Research on the members of the church as the body of Christ. I believe that every Christian has received from God at least "one spiritual gift" as well as other skills such as music and other talents including financial benevolence. By discovering, developing and using these attributes, God builds up his local church.✞
This seminar leads a group of Christians through the discovery of their gifts using the "Ministry Discover Exercise." It then explains what these individual spiritual gifts (some 25 plus) skills (which are many) and talents (also many) mean to us and applies them to our own situations. Material for this seminar is drawn from the Fuller Theological Seminary and the writings of Dr. C. Peter Wagner and other sources like The Alban Institute. Some Christians believe that there are seven "charismatic gifts" defining a charismatic gift as "an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit." This program has been refined to the needs of Canadian Anglican Congregations but is an excellent resource for all churches large and small of whatever denomination in whatever country.✞