11 Spiritual Gifts Being Used in Business

11 Spiritual Gifts Being Used in BusinessWhat does marketplace ministry look like? In other words, what does serving God in a business setting look like?

As Christians working in the marketplace, most of our initial responses to these questions likely would depend on what our spiritual gifts are.

Here’s my short answer: Marketplace ministry looks like your spiritual gift (whatever that gift or gift-mix might be).

For example, a Christian with the spiritual gift of wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8) would likely say that marketplace ministry means “applying the wisdom of God to specific business situations.” After all, God has given to us the Holy Spirit to lead us “into all truth”, and He has given us his Word, which is full of timeless business wisdom.

A Christian with the spiritual gifts of miracles or healing (1 Cor. 12:9-10) might say that marketplace ministry is about “pursuing supernatural signs and wonders in a business setting.” An organization named, Heaven in Business, trains marketplace Christians in the area of these gifts.

The believer with the spiritual gift of pastoring (Eph. 4:11-14) likely would view it as a calling “to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of my co-workers.” Christian-run marketplace chaplaincy companies, Marketplace Chaplains and Corporate Chaplains of America, provide excellent opportunities for Christians with this spiritual gift to serve the Lord in the marketplace.

Someone with the spiritual gift of evangelism (Eph. 4:11-14) would probably say that marketplace ministry means “sharing the gospel with your co-workers.”

For a Christian with the spiritual gift of intercession (Col. 4:12-13), marketplace ministry would likely mean “interceding before God on behalf of my company, co-workers, clients, etc.” Marketplace ROCK is a consulting service that prays for business executives and their companies while teaching these executives how to intercede on behalf of their companies.

The Christian with the spiritual gift of worship-leading (1 Sam. 16:23) might say that marketplace ministry is about “inviting the presence of God into my workplace and encouraging my fellow believers in business to view their work as sacred worship to God.” The Bible teaches us to do our work “as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23), so our work is a primary means by which we worship God.

A believer with the spiritual gift of discernment (1 Cor. 12:10) might view marketplace ministry as “protecting my company from spiritual attacks that might come in the form of bad business partners, bad business deals, etc.” My friend, Paul Williams, has this gift, and he uses it in his business to help companies and government agencies prevent cyber-security breaches.

One with the spiritual gift of apostleship (1 Cor. 12:28) may see marketplace ministry as a mandate “to exercise the authority and dominion of Jesus Christ in business…’for such a time as this.’” Lance Wallnau emphasizes this particular dimension of marketplace ministry, encouraging Christians to “take dominion” on the “Business Mountain,” one of the “Seven Mountains of Cultural Influence.”

The Christian with the spiritual gift of cross-cultural ministry (Rom. 10:15) would likely view business primarily as a platform for “reaching foreign lands with the gospel.” Ken Eldred emphasizes this aspect of marketplace ministry as he finances and builds multi-million-dollar “kingdom businesses” in India and China to transform these nations with the gospel. Organizations such as Business as Mission and Skybridge Community are also dedicated to this mission.

One with the spiritual gift of giving (Rom. 12:8) might say that marketplace ministry is about “meeting people’s needs through creating value in business” and/or “making money to fund the Lord’s work.” Chick-fil-a’s founder, Truett Cathy, used his spiritual gift of giving to donate $68 million to over 700 educational and charitable organizations during his lifetime.

A Christian with the spiritual gift of creativity (Ex. 31:1-11) might see marketplace ministry as a means “to reflect the creativity of our Creator in business.”

In this article, I have mentioned only 11 of the spiritual gifts that God has distributed among millions of Christians working in the marketplace throughout the week. I am aware of at least 12 others.

These gifts are to be used by God’s people primarily in the marketplace. Why? Because that’s where 85% of the Christian workforce spends the majority of our waking hours.

Can you imagine what would happen if every Christian in the marketplace was aware of his/her spiritual gifts and started using them in the workplace daily for the glory of God?

Do you have any of these spiritual gifts mentioned above? If so, how are you using them for the glory of God in the marketplace throughout your work-week? What does marketplace ministry look like for you in your workplace?

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  • Dr. Bob Shearer

    Why is it that when churches offer the “Spiritual Gifts Inventory” to their congregations, that process is obviously intended to help the church members discern how they can best serve the institutional needs of the local church campus? Examples: If you have the “Gift of Hospitality” you’d make a great Sunday morning greeter or usher. Those with the gift of Pastor or Teacher would likely be asked to serve as a small group leader on Sunday morning or on Wednesday night. So you have the gift of “administration”? Great!!! You’ll be the next chairman of the church nominating committee. Your message is well taken, Darren. Now!!! How do we shift the paradigm? Anybody have the “Gift of Miracles?” :o)

    • Darren Shearer

      I think we can shift the paradigm by showing people how their spiritual gifts can be used to do “ministry” in the marketplace. So far, “marketplace ministry” teaching has been defining marketplace ministry without regard for people’s unique spiritual gifts. If I have an apostolic gift (i.e. Lance Wallnau), of course I’m going to view marketplace ministry as a mandate to “take the business mountain for God.” If I have a pastoral gift (i.e. marketplace chaplains), of course I’m going to view marketplace ministry as “caring for the personal needs of my employees/co-workers.” So, I’m trying to teach an approach to marketplace ministry that isn’t a “one size fits all” approach that only produces self-condemnation and ineffectiveness.

      • shoba macintyre

        I actualy get where you’re going with this. You know, someone asked me last weekend, about the time i came across your page…how do my gifts apply at my workplace?

        Which is something im actually on the road to discover. See I havent really found a way to apply my gifts in the marketplace because i work in a secular setting. And i cant go around saying i have a gutt feeling this plan wont work out because my gifts said so, totally irrelevant to others who dont share my faith nor vision.

        I thought I had come to a conclusion and found some kind of answer yesterday…..then the more i reflected, i realised i didnt know that much. Im at a point where im actually experiencing some kind of mid life crisis at 32.
        Like you said…..self condemnation and ineffectiveness…..thats what im personally experiencing.

        So dont stop what you are doing. There are many others like me who need to experience some form of paradigm shift in our lives…..and just knowing that there is a site like this one…..means Im not alone anymore. There are people out there, like you, preparing the way for me to learn and get through this.

        And i’ll tell you this much….my gutt says….you’re hitting a home run with what youre doing.

        Thank you

        • Darren Shearer

          Shoba, I’m thrilled to hear that you’re on this journey with me and other marketplace Christians who are learning how to use our spiritual gifts in the marketplace. As we use these God-given talents for ministry in the marketplace, God will cause the marketplace to reflect His glory. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you! Thanks for your kind and encouraging words!

          • shoba macintyre

            God bless. Will be keeping up with your posts.

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  • Good start to the discussion, I’ve added my $0.02 to it regarding one’s spiritual gift and one’s physical talents. That to me is what is needed to be discussed fully. Focusing too much or ONLY on one’s spiritual gift you become like that body builder that only focuses on his big arms and does not include his skinny legs, out of balance. 😀

    http://www.hwjdb.com/earthly-talents-spiritual-gifts-five-rules-for-your-ministry/

    • Darren Shearer

      Thanks for your comment, Kevin. Actually, I did write an entire book on this subject. I think Christians get confused when they think that “spiritual gifts” are only needed in certain jobs (e.g. pulpit ministry, etc.). I have come to prefer the term “discipleship tools” over spiritual gifts. Paul didn’t even call them “spiritual gifts.” They are “grace gifts” given for the purpose of making disciples and causing all of creation to reflect the glory of God (aka. Jesus Christ). Without exception, all of a Christian’s abilities have been given for this disciple-making purpose.

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