Discovering Your S.H.A.P.E.


Note: This page is still under construction.  Resources will be added as I encounter effective tools.

Spiritual Gifts

An online spiritual gift inventory.

  • use with discretion; consider it a starting point for exploring spiritual gifts, not a set description of how God created you.

A reference chart of the various spiritual gifts


Only you know what burdens and passions God has placed in your heart. Think about the following:

  1. What makes you get excited and inspires enthusiasm?
  2. Where do you find yourself being more effective?
  3. What would you do if money were no object?

John Maxwell gives another way of stating these questions

  • What do you cry about?
  • What do you sing about?
  • What do you dream about?

If you are interested in working though this with me, I can offer you a free exploratory coaching session.  I have a great activity that is intended to help you identify your passions.  Contact me at to schedule a 30-minute session.


Of all the personality measurement tools available, I like the Myers-Briggs Types the best; because there are 16 unique personality types, I feel the descriptions are more accurate for individuals.

Here is a link to a free online Myers-Briggs Type Assessment

  • This is the tool I’ve used repeatedly over the past 10+ years, and the results have been consistent.

If you prefer, here is a link to a free online DiSC assessment

And here is a printable DiSC assessment with descriptions of how each personality type might demonstrate different spiritual gifts:  DiSC Personality Profile with Interpretation


An overview of Multiple Intelligence Theory, one way of measuring intelligence and individual abilities.

  • I am a strong proponent of Multiple Intelligence Theory; it makes more sense to me than traditional measurements of IQ.
  • I have tried the self-calculating test; it doesn’t line up perfectly with other tests I’ve taken, but it will give you a basic understanding of your personal intellectual strengths
  • This site also talks about learning styles, another measure of individual difference among students and a good thing to know about yourself.

Another approach to understanding your abilities is to explore your working strengths. Here is a link to a free strength finder test online.  This is something I’m still learning about myself.


Only you know what experiences you’ve had in life. Identify 2 or 3 events in each of the following categories:

  1. family experiences
  2. educational experiences
  3. vocational experiences
  4. spiritual experiences
  5. ministry experiences
  6. painful experiences (this will probably be the source of your greatest impact on others.)

Take It Deeper

If you would like to go deeper on this topic, I hold free exploratory coaching sessions on Fridays.  You can register online at Troy Communications or email me to schedule an appointment at TMTroy@TroyCommunications.Net.


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