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January 2020

Name Your Gifts

By Jay Campbell

This icebreaker is a perfect lead in to a discussion on spiritual gifts. Before you dive into spiritual gifts, ask youth to share what gifts and/or talents they each have (i.e. music, art, great student, good with technology, etc…) After they have shared, ask them to think about how they can use those gifts for the church community and the common good.

Here’s the important part!

Keep in mind there may be some kids who struggle to believe they are good at anything and have something valuable to offer. Use this time to encourage them and name the gifts you see in them. Sometimes we do not realize the gifts we have until others name them in us. Naming the gifts in the life of a teen is a profound, identity-shaping form of encouragement.

If you have a group where you think it would be safe, ask each student to share a gift they think the person next to them has and take turn building each other up by identifying the good gifts God has given your group.

Jay Campbell is a provisional elder in the Virginia Conference. He lives with his wife Katie and their dog Rue in Alexandria, VA.