book review (teaming up-using our spiritual gifts effectively)

This blog is dedicated to my review of Terry Dorsett’s[i] upcoming book, Teaming Up: Using Our Spiritual Gifts Effectively. Terry Dorsett  currently serves as a Church Planting Catalyst at the North American Missions Board[ii] and he has authored several other books including Developing Leadership Teams in the Biovocational Church, Creating Effective Partnerships, Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation through the Small Church and Malachi: Finding Hope in the Midst of Adversity. All of these books have been published through Cross Books.[iii] In addition to being an author and Church Planting Catalyst, Terry assists with preaching responsibilities at a local church in the Connecticut area, Faith Fellowship Church. [iv]

[Review]

Terry Dorsett’s book, Teaming Up: Using Our Spiritual Gifts Effectively  is perhaps one of the most well written books in how the church operates with the gifts God gives them. Terry speaks from the heart and reveals, straight from Scripture, the gifts that God has provided the local church, for his purpose and glory.

Perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the book is the overall explanation of the gifts themselves. The author gives detail to each gift listed in the New Testament Scriptures. For that specific purpose, the author focuses on the two main passages which discuss gifts, which come from Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

To help explain how Terry breaks down the gifts, I am using the acronym, G.R.A.C.E.

  • Giving

Giving the gift comes straight from the grace of the Lord Jesus. He alone is the one who provides the gift to all believers. Some believers are given more gifts than others. It is that way as the Lord sees fit. The gift, no matter what it is, is provided for the benefit of the church.

  • Release

Terry explains the definition of the gift and how it is employed by the individual in the local church. The author always provides an example from the Scriptures to illuminate the gift.

  • Action

The author moves beyond the root definition and reveals how the gifts are used within the local church. To further demonstrate the activities of the gift, the author also reveals how the gift helps the church to function properly.

  • Connection

In a book where the title includes Team, we are reminded or should be reminded that God is about us working together in unity. For that purpose, the author sets out to explain how individual gifts are used best in connection with other gifts.

  • Exposure

The author also exposes the reality that gifts can be abused. What the author sets out to accomplish in this work is to bring, not only awareness of gifts but also to bring balance so the church is healthy and grows in maturity.

[Reevaluate]

I found Terry’s book to be an excellent read. The book is designed specifically for small group studies as it comes with questions to think through and discuss. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking into the subject of gifts and how they help to build the local church.

This book will serve as a great resource for any pastor, teacher or church member looking to investigate into the area of gifts and how to employ them within their church. It serves as a great personal study but I believe will work even greater as a resource for group discussions.


[i] Terry Dorsett’s Blog (http://thoughtsfromdrt.blogspot.com/)

[ii] North American Mission Board (http://www.namb.net)

[iv] Faith Fellowship Church (http://www.faithfellowshipct.com/)

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