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Encouragement / Exhorter

The God-given ability to draw near to individuals in time of need; encouraging and counseling them accurately with the Word of God; and persuading them to take courage in the face of something they must do or assuring them to take comfort because of something that has occurred (e.g. Barnabas in Acts 4:36-37, 9:26-27, 11:19-26, and 15:36-41).

CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EXHORTER:

  • Verbally encouraging

  • Likes to apply the Word rather than investigate it

  • Prefers practical application over theological truth

  • Works best with others

  • Verbally encourages others to excel in ministry

  • Loves to do personal counseling

  • Loves to talk

  • Excels in communication

  • Perceives trials as opportunities for personal growth

  • Has a positive attitude

  • Easily makes decisions

  • Prefers to quickly resolve problems

  • Needs to bounce ideas off others

CHALLENGES FOR THE EXHORTER:

  • Frequently interrupts others

  • Uses Scripture out of context

  • Out spoken and opinionated

  • Slightly overconfident

PLACES WHERE THIS GIFT CAN BE UTILIZED:

  • Lay counseling

  • Stephen minister

  • Table facilitator

  • Hospitality ministry

  • Drama ministry

  • Nursing home ministry

  • Homeless Ministry Team

  • Small group leader

  • Anyplace where encouragement is needed

MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH BODY WHERE THIS GIFT CAN BE UTILIZED: