I've used a couple of specific courses in the recent past, one from Willow Creek and one based on the Gallup Strengthfinder material (Buckingham and Clifton). Any comments from people who've used these or other courses gratefully received.
In a meeting I was at yesterday it was let slip that at a certain church the people who operate the sound desk have various hearing difficulties. Having removed my handkerchief from my mouth I mentally revisited the whole 'theology of inappropriate giftings' material discussed by Trudge in A Youthworkers Tale.
Oh come on. You'll let me plug my own book once every three years won't you? Anyway I couldn't remember how many of these had already been published but I reckon the church would be made a considerably more amusing, if slightly less functional place, if the following giftings were utilised:
Sound engineers with hearing difficulties
Bible readers with a stutter
Welcomers with tourettes
Holy Communion administrants with Parkinson's
Holy Communion president with no sense of direction
Offertory collected by a fraudster (actually I know a couple of churches where this has been attempted)
Tone deaf musicians
Counsellors with a temper
Visually impaired projectionists
Baptisms by the aquaphobic
...and for external work please welcome steeplejacks with vertigo.
My mind. It wanders see.
I continue my search for a person who is wrong about everything. How useful a gift would that be. You could run all your ideas past them and then do the opposite of what they advised.