For the Common Good reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives each Christian one or more
spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. It guides readers to discover their own
particular gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve others.
Examining key passages in Paul's writings, author Christine Harman leads readers
through a personal spiritual gift assessment. She names 25 distinct spiritual gifts—such
as discernment, hospitality, compassion, evangelism, or music—and helps people
explore scripture references on each one. After identifying their particular gifts, clergy
and laypeople will learn how to apply them for the good of their church, community,
and the world. This book is ideal for both group study and self-discovery. The book also
includes suggestions for how to build a ministry team based on the gifts of each
This book is the text for a Lay Servant Ministries advanced course on spiritual gifts. It
also can be used for a small-group study.