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Equipped for Every Good Work Process Overview

Equipped for Every Good Work employs four tools that help individuals and groups discover and understand the spiritual gifts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that influence their ability to live as Christian disciples and to lead within a community of faith.

The Spiritual Gifts Inventory helps individuals identify their God-given gifts for living faithfully as Christian disciples day by day and to find meaningful ways to use their gifts in connection with others through the community of faith. The process helps groups understand the nature of spiritual gifts and ways to enhance the effectiveness of their gifts by linking together with others.

Leadership/Interaction Styles examines how people behave together in various settings. Looking at behavior, rather than personality, helps to explain what happens when we work together, why there is often tension, and how to be more effective in settings where differing styles are present. The LIS explores stylistic differences in ask/tell and people/task behaviors.

The Spirituality Web offers a way to appreciate the richness and beauty in six different approaches to and experiences of the divine, viewed through the lens of the means of grace. Deeper understanding of what it means to be a spiritual community can be achieved by identifying different ways that people relate to God.

Task Type Preferences describes four different ways that people choose to work together to achieve a wide variety of jobs — short/long term, large/small, hands-on/cognitive/creative, task/people. People are not all interested in working the same way.

Taken together, the four tools allow individuals to better understand themselves as disciples of Jesus Christ and enable spiritual communities of faith to develop effective ministries based on identity rather than structure. Identification and understanding of spiritual gifts, the ability to work flexibly and openly with people who do things differently, and comprehension of the varied ways that people relate to God are critical areas of learning for congregational leaders. However, the tools themselves are less important than the conversations and passion they inspire.

Vitally important is the pastor’s full participation in the process. This is not a program that the pastoral leadership provides for the congregation. Following the body imagery of Paul, Christ is the head of the church and the pastor is one gifted individual — one part of the body — just like every other person. It is highly recommended that each church using Equipped for Every Good Work partner with another congregation so that the pastor and laity leaders from one congregation can facilitate the process for another, and then leaders from the second church can direct the process for the first church. In this way, the pastors and laypeople of each church can take the journey of exploration and discovery together, thus dispelling the myth of a clergy-laity separation. In churches where partnering is not an option, it is recommended that laity, or clergy-laity teams, provide leadership of the process. This also helps build connection and deepens our understanding of the tools. Teaching others is often an effective way to learn!

Equipped for Every Good Work is a process, not a program. All exercises are designed to begin dialogue, not to label people. Ongoing use of the exercises can provide insight and understanding into areas of:

  • disagreement and conflict;
  • questions concerning the spiritual life;
  • the needs of newcomers in the faith community;
  • identifying unique qualifications for ministry;
  • strengths and limitations for addressing need.

As we strive to break free from the malaise that permeates our church, creating structures built on gifted people and our relationships to one another offers a powerful alternative.

Excerpted from pages 12-13 of Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gifts-Based Church by Dan R. Dick and Barbara Dick. Copyright © 2010.

Informational Brochure for Equipped for Every Good Work: Provided in PDF format. For double-sided printing, rotate the second page 180 degrees and use the “borderless” setting on your printer, if available, for proper alignment.


Dan R. Dick

Dan is the originator of the “Profile of Congregational Leadership.” An ordained minister of The United Methodist Church serving in extension ministry as Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Wisconsin Annual Conference, Dan is a nationally known speaker, teacher, and author of thirteen books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond. Dan worked for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee for fourteen years in stewardship, congregational and conference planning, leadership development, and research.

Dan is an avid reader, with a deep passion for biblical studies.  His doctoral work was in extracanonical writings of the ante-nicene period, and his doctor of ministry work was in stewardship education.  He has a love of research and critical thinking, and he continues to share his study and analysis of trends impacting The United Methodist Church through his popular blog, United Methodeviations (


Dan’s newest book is Bursting the Bubble (Abingdon Press, 2008).  Subtitled, Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about Church Leadership, the book invites critical thinking and serious reflection about many myths and misconceptions currently influencing Christian churches in the United States.  Bursting the Bubble is a hopeful and engaging call to rethink “church” and become the body of Christ for the world.

Dan and his wife Barbara live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Barbara A. Dick

Coauthor of Equipped for Every Good Work, Barbara serves as facilitator of the Spiritual Formation Resource Team of the Discipleship Leadership Council for the Wisconsin Annual Conference. She works as a freelance editor for Abingdon Press, Westminster John Knox, Thomas Nelson, Baker Books,  and other religious publishers. Her editing projects include Newscope, The Wesley Study Bible, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual, The Book of Discipline: 2012, Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020, and a variety of leadership, preaching, and worship resources. Barbara is the managing editor for WellSprings, an online journal for clergywomen, and serves on the board of directors for The Crossing, a campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has written for the Upper Room Disciplines and recently completed work on new and revised United Methodist brochures on Membership Vows, Grace, Communion, Baptism, and others.

Barbara believes in the strength of relational leadership for the church shared between caring, informed clergy and laity who understand the responsibility of the freedom we have chosen in following Christ.

Barbara is the proud mom of Greg, a true inspiration, and of stepson Josh, a fine young man and a working actor in Washington D.C.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Vivian McCarthy permalink
    March 24, 2011 5:53 pm

    Dear Dan and Barbara,
    I want to recommend your materials to a lay speaking class on Saturday, but I can’t find anywhere that folks can get their hands on your book. Help? Please drop me an email if you can.
    Thank you!
    A DS in the Baltimore-Washington Conference

    • March 24, 2011 8:30 pm

      The book has been taken out of print by GBOD, but will soon be available again through Wipf & Stock. Stay tuned. In the meantime, all of the tools (including the spiritual gifts inventory statements) are available through this website as downloads.

  2. Barbara Dick permalink*
    March 29, 2011 1:58 pm

    Until the reprint is released and we post a link on this site, orders for the reprint of Equipped for Every Good Work can be sent to:
    Tyler Stewart, Custom Reprint Coordinator
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3
    Eugene, Oregon 97401-2960 USA
    541.344.1528 (phone)
    541.344.1506 (fax)

  3. Marlene Yamashita permalink
    July 6, 2013 1:53 pm

    Hi Dan & Barbara. Thank you so much for the resources you’ve made available on this website. I’ve used the “I Hate Evaluations” Evaluation form on several occasions. It makes feedback a lot more fun!
    Thanks again, Marlene
    (part of the laity at Lake Park-Oakland, California)

    p.s. and many thanks for Dan’s “Vital Congregations” book. I love the perception categorizations, guidelines/suggestions, and the pure factual data it provides!

  4. August 12, 2014 7:22 am

    We want to offer a multiple week study on Spiritual Gifts, and am considering your resource. If we do a weekly, evening study, how many sessions would we offer for Equipped for Every Good Work? I see that there are 4 sections. Does that mean we can do it in 4 weeks? What do you recommend? Typically, do the participants all have their own copy of the book or does just the leader have it?

    • August 12, 2014 3:02 pm

      We recommend at least five weeks, six is better. Do the spiritual gifts inventory the first week (it takes about an hour and a half, so plan a slightly longer session. Week 2, work through the inventory results, inviting group participation and talk about the nature of spiritual gifts. Week 3 & 4, do the Leadership/Interaction Styles and Spirituality Types (in the order that works best for you), Week 5 & 6, do Task Types and Development and Deployment (the What’s Next questions, covered in the book in the final chapter and also in the opening material). We have found that leaving out the Task Types is not critical to the process, if that helps with your timing. I hope that is helpful to your planning. Please let us know how things work out. — Blessings

  5. Tom permalink
    April 7, 2017 8:36 am

    I’m considering using the Interaction Styles assessment in my coaching ministry. Do you offer pdf (or online) versions. Are we free to use the assessment or are their costs? Thanks for your ministry to ministries!

    • April 7, 2017 9:05 am

      All of the material you need to conduct the Interaction Styles is included as downloadable handouts. The instructions are included in the book. There is no cost to use the materials from the website. Please stay in touch and let us know how they work for you. We have found that the Leadership Interaction Styles provide a better assessment of behavior than some other typologies, such as Myers Briggs.

  6. Tom permalink
    April 7, 2017 9:13 am

    Thanks, Barbara. I’m not seeing the actual questionnaire and scoring instructions (pages 16-19 in the book) in the downloads section so that I can administer the assessment.

  7. April 7, 2017 9:18 am

    RIght. Those are only available in the book.

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