SHAPE course - exploring gifts

Your Shape for God's Service

Materials for six sessions for church groups, to help people discern their gifts for God's service.

The download of all the materials is in a zip file at the bottom of this page.


Your SHAPE for God's Service is designed to be appropriate for all kinds of churches, including small ones whose members are not confident about having anything spiritual to offer.  The materials are deliberately being offered free in a simple and flexible form downloadable as a zip file so that it can be tailored and adapted to suit the context. (There are no copyright restrictions).

Your SHAPE for God's Service aims to enable people to understand the unique SHAPE God has made them, and how he might want to use them. This will involve looking at your:


* Spiritual gifts (God's unique gifts to you)
* Heart's Desire (what motivates and excites you)
* Abilities (your talents, knowledge and skills)
* Personality (your character, qualities and strengths)
* Experiences (what you have gained from your life experiences)

Your SHAPE for God's Service can be used with a small group of interested people, or an existing home group, or as a slightly extended Advent or Lent course. The materials give full instructions for the group leaders. (If it is impossible to form a group, most of the materials could be used by an individual, or for spiritual direction).

Your SHAPE for God's Service aims to create an informal atmosphere, where people feel safe to discuss things at a personal level. It consists of six 2-hour sessions. There will be some input from the leaders on the topics, and on Biblical teaching. There will also be practical exercises, discussion and application to each person's life situation, and prayer together. Between each session, there is a practical homework exercise. After the course ends, each group member has an Individual Review session with the Vicar/Minister in order to explore ways of using their gifts in all areas of their lives, not just in a church context.

Your SHAPE for God's Service has been created by Canon Amiel Osmaston (until recently Ministry Development Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Carlisle). If you have any questions, email Amiel at or contact Cumbria Christian Learning on 01768 807765.

You can download all the materials free, from the zip file which is below under "downloads".  


Your SHAPE for Gods Service Course 2018Your SHAPE for Gods Service Course 2018
File size over 1MB  2319kb    File date 12 Mar 2018