Impact Assessment – Make a Difference
Do you know the area of your greatest ministry impact?
Here at Substance, we often talk about “starter ministries” vs. “long-term ministries.” Starter ministries are designed to help you get plugged in and find your people here. Then, once you’ve got your community and are ready to dive deeper, we’ll set you up with your long-term ministry. The following Impact Assessment is created to help you discover your ministry calling, so that you can serve in the area that best suits your gifts and talents – your sweet spot! Your greatest impact for the kingdom can be found in the convergence of your gifts, your influence, your opportunities and your church. Spend time brainstorming answers to the following questions and see where all four of these assets converge.
(1). Gift Inventory: What gifts has God given to you?
SKILLS – (For Eg). Organizational; Creative; Technical; Leadership; Speaking;
HOBBIES – Sports; Youtube; Blogging; Music; Cooking; Writing;
PASSIONS – Social / Political / Spiritual / Unspiritual (Movies; Novels; Gardening)
PAST / PAIN – What have you experienced or overcome that opens doors to certain tribes?
(2). Influence Inventory: Which tribes of people could you most naturally reach?
(Eg., Baseball fans; Jazz lovers; Sci-fi Nerds; Alcoholics; Teenaged Moms)
Are there any groups of people you are comfortable around, & they with you?
There are some people who, you are the only Christian they know: Who are they?
(3). Opportunity Inventory: How can you practically serve these people?
How can you show them God’s love to the people identified in your Influence inventory?
Which of your current opportunities provide the greatest resources or acceleration to your Gifts & Influence?
(4). Church Inventory: What are the pressing ministry needs of your church?
“Seek 1st the Kingdom… and all these things will be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33)
Every church is one or two ministries /small groups away from a breakthrough. Do you know what they are?
God always adds momentum and resources to people who build his church.
You see, servanthood is how you make a difference! We live in a world that is desperate to find true purpose and many of us are wasting our lives on things that won’t last. But when we allow God to use every part of our lives: time, resources, our hobbies, our past…that’s when the mission of Christ gets really fun!
Ps. If you’ve missed the other sermons on this: Check out Four Cups 2021 – Parts 5 and 6! I talk about your “sweet spot.” It’s similar but different!