You are about to become involved in an exciting spiritual exercise. God has given you one or more spiritual gifts if you are a Christian, and discovering that gift or gifts will be a thrilling experience.

You will be asked to answer the 130 questions found in the Wagner “Modified Houts Questionnaire.” This spiritual gifts discovery instrument was originally suggested by Dr. Richard F. Houts, a professor in the North American Baptist Theological Seminary, in 1976. Subsequently it has been modified by C. Peter Wagner of the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth., and keyed in to his classic book, Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow, now the bestselling book in the field of spiritual gifts. The copy you have in your hand is the fifth edition and the first complete revision of the original published version.

Thousands and thousands of believers have been blessed by taking the Modified Houts Questionnaire. Constant feedback from them has enabled us to refine it to the point where it will give you a fairly accurate picture of what kind of ministry God expects you to be carrying out in your group of believers.

However, do not regard the results of this test as final. The three or four gifts you score highest in may or may not be your spiritual gifts. But you can be sure in any case that they are a starting point for prayer and experimentation. You will need other members of the body of Christ to help you confirm what gifts you have.

(excerpt from C. Peter Wagner’s Book: Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow)



Follow these four steps…

Step I              Go through the list of 130 statements below.

For each one, mark to what extent the statement is true of your life: MUCH, SOME, LITTLE, or NOT AT ALL.

STEP II           When you are finished, score the questionnaire by means of the Wagner- Modified Houts Chart at the end of the questionaire.

STEP III          After filling in your scores; refer to the section on Gift Definitions and Scripture References to help you evaluate your scores. 

STEP IV          Complete the Spiritual Gifts Assessment Results form online to gain a tentative evaluation of where your gifts may lie and to explore the implications for your ministry in the body of Christ.  

Spiritual Gift Assessment Questions

STEP I: Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire

Section 1 *
 0 - Not At All1 - Little2 - Some3 - Much
1. I have a desire to speak direct messages from God that edify or exhort or comfort others.
2. I have enjoyed relating to a certain group of people over a long period of time, sharing personally in their successes and failures.
3. People have told me that I have helped them learn some biblical truth in a meaningful way.
4. I have applied spiritual truth effectively to situations in my own life.
5. Others have told me that I have helped them distinguish key and important facts of scripture.
6. I have verbally encouraged the wavering,the troubled or the discouraged.
7. Others in the church have noted that I was able to see through phoniness before it was evident to other people.
8. I find I manage money well in order to give liberally to the Lord’s work.
9. I have assisted Christian leaders to relieve them for their essential job.
10. I have a desire to work with those who have physical or mental problems, to alleviate their suffering.
11. I do not struggle with trying to accomplish things in my natural strength.
12. I have led others to a decision for salvation through faith in Christ.
13. You often see issues as being all white or all black (right or wrong).
14. When in a group, I am often the one others often look to for vision and direction.
15. When I speak people seem to listen and agree.
16. When a group I am in is lacking organization, I tend to step in and fill the gap.
17. Others can point to specific instances where my prayers have resulted in visible miracles.
18. In the name of the Lord, I have been used in curing diseases instantaneously.
19. I have spoken in tongues.
20. Sometimes when a person speaks in tongues, I get an idea about what God is saying.
21. I enjoy studying and doing research on how life will be after the resurrection.
22. I am single and I enjoy it.
23. I spend at least an hour a day in prayer.
24. I enjoy being called upon to do special jobs around the church.
25. A number of pastors and/or ministry leaders have told me that they desire to minister and to be held accountable under my spiritual covering.
26. You like to accumulate and file knowledge that you have discovered.
Section 2 *
 0 - Not At All1 - Little2 - Some3 - Much
27. Through God I have revealed specific things which will happen in the future.
28. I have enjoyed assuming the responsibility for the spiritual wellbeing of a particular group of Christians.
29. I feel I can explain the New Testament teaching about the health and ministry of the body of Christ in a relevant way.
30. I can intuitively arrive at solutions to fairly complicated problems.
31. I have had insights of spiritual truth which others have said helped bring them closer to God.
32. I can effectively motivate people to get involved in ministry when it’s needed.
33. I can “see” the Spirit of God resting on certain people from time to time.
34. My giving records show that I give considerably more than 10 percent of my income to the Lord’s work.
35. Other people have told me that I helped them become more effective in their ministries.
36. I have cared for others when they have had material of physical needs.
37. When I see another believer fall away from the faith I am quick to try to restore them.
38. I have shared joyfully how Christ has brought me to Himself in a way that is meaningful to non-believers.
39. You find yourself to be quick to discern, direct in speech, and forceful in action
40. I have believed God for the impossible and have seen it happen in a tangible way.
41. Other Christians have followed my leadership because they believed in me.
42. I enjoy the details of organizing ideas,people, resources and time for more effective ministry.
43. God has used me personally to perform supernatural signs and wonders.
44. I enjoy praying for sick people because I know that many of them will be healed as a result.
45. I have spoken an immediate message of God to His people in a language that I have never learned.
46. I have interpreted tongues with the result that the body of Christ was edified, exhorted, or comforted.
47. People have often told me that they are spiritually blessed when I share about heaven.
48. Other people have noted that I feel more indifferent about not being married than most.
49. When I hear a prayer request, I pray for that need for several days at least.
50. I don’t have many special skills, but I do what needs to be done around the church.
51. I am known as a leader of leaders.
52. You have the ability to systematically present the truth to others.
Section 3 *
 0 - Not At All1 - Little2 - Some3 - Much
53. People have told me that I have communicated timely and urgent messages that must have come directly from the Lord.
54. I feel unafraid of offering spiritual guidance and direction to a group of Christians.
55. I can devote considerable time to learningnew biblical truths in order to communicate them to others.
56. When a person has a problem I can frequently guide them to the best Biblical solution.
57. Through study or experience I have discerned major strategies or techniques God seems to use in furthering His kingdom.
58. People come to me in their afflictions or suffering, and have told me that they have been helped, relieved and healed.
59. I can tell with a fairly high degree of assurance when a person is afflicted by an evil spirit.
60. When I am moved by an appeal to give to God’s work, I usually find the money that I need to do it.
61. I have enjoyed doing routine tasks that led to more effective ministry by others.
62. I enjoy visiting in hospitals and/or retirements homes, and feel I do well in such a ministry.
63. People come to me when they are struggling with personal sin.
64. Non-Christians have noted that they feel comfortable when they are around me, and that I have a positive effect on them toward developing a faith in Christ.
65. You are a strong defender of truth and will even suffer for righteousness.
66. Other people have told me that I had faith to accomplish what seemed impossible to them.
67. When I set goals, others seem to accept them readily.
68. I have been able to make effective and efficient plans for accomplishing the goals of a group.
69. God regularly seems to do impossible things through my life.
70. Others have told me that God healed them of an emotional problem when I ministered to them.
71. I can speak to God in a language I have never learned.
72. I have prayed that I may interpret if someone begins speaking in tongues.
73. I have a strong burden for the unsaved.
74. I am glad I have more time to serve the Lord because I am single.
75. Intercessory prayer is one of my favorite ways of spending time.
76. Others have mentioned that I seem to enjoy routine tasks and do well at them.
77. Christian leaders seem pleased to work under my leadership, and they respect my authority when we undertake a common task.
78. You only rely upon established sources of authority.
Section 4 *
 0 - Not At All1 - Little2 - Some3 - Much
79. I sometimes have a strong sense of what God wants to say to people in response to a particular situation.
80. I have helped fellow believers by guiding them to relevant portions of the Bible and praying with them.
81. I feel I can communicate Biblical truths to others and see resulting changes in knowledge, attitudes, values, or conduct.
82. Some people indicate that I have perceived and applied Biblical truth to the specified needs of fellow believers.
83. I study and read quite a bit in order to learn new Biblical truths.
84. I have a desire to effectively counsel the perplexed, the guilty or the addicted.
85. I can recognize whether a person’s teaching is from God, from Satan, or of human origin.
86. I am so confident that God will meet my financial needs that I do not hesitate to give to His work sacrificially and consistently.
87. When I do things behind the scenes and others are helped, I am joyful.
88. People call on me to help those who are less fortunate.
89. I am often told that I am trustworthy and easy to share confidential information with.
90. I get frustrated when others don’t seem to share their faith with unbelievers as much as I do.
91. You are hard on yourself when you discover that you have been wrong.
92. There have been times when I have felt sure I knew God’s specific will for the future growth of His work, even when others did not been so sure.
93. When I join a group, others seem to back off and expect me to take the leadership.
94. I am able to give directions to others without using persuasion to get them to accomplish a task.
95. People have told me that I was God’s instrument which brought supernatural changes in lives or circumstances.
96. I have prayed for others and physical healing has actually occurred.
97. When I give a public message in tongues, I expect it to be interpreted.
98. I have interpreted tongues in a way that seemed to bless others.
99. Others are inspired by my sharing on the eternity.
100. I am single and I have little difficulty controlling my sexual desires.
101. Others have told me that my prayers for them have been answered in tangible ways.
102. I prefer being active and doing something rather than just sitting around talking or reading or listening to a speaker.
103. I regularly receive revelation from God as to what the Holy Spirit is currently saying to the Church.
104. You can easily dedicate yourself to deep research.
Section 5 *
 0 - Not At All1 - Little2 - Some3 - Much
105. I frequently feel that I know exactly what God wants to do in ministry at a specific point in time.
106. People have told me that I have helped them to be restored to the Christian community.
107. Studying the Bible and sharing my insights with others are very satisfying for me.
108. I have felt an unusual presence of God and personal confidence when important decisions needed to be made.
109. I have the ability to discover new truths for myself through reading or observing situations firsthand.
110. I have urged others to seek a Biblical solution to their affliction or suffering.
111. I can tell whether a person speaking in tongues is genuine.
112. I have been willing to maintain a lower standard of living in order to benefit God’s work.
113. When I serve the Lord, I really don’t care who gets the credit.
114. I would enjoy spending time with a lonely, shut-in person or someone in prison.
115. It bothers me to see believers not giving God their all.
116. I am attracted to non-believers because of my desire to win them to Christ.
117. You must see outward change before accepting sincere inward repentance.
118. Others have told me that I am a person of unusual vision, and I agree.
119. When I am in charge, things seem to run smoothly.
120. I have enjoyed bearing the responsibility for the success of a particular task within my church or in the workplace.
121. In the name of the Lord, I have been able to help blind people receive their sight.
122. When I pray for the sick, either I or they feel sensations of tingling or warmth.
123. When I speak in tongues, I believe it is edifying to the Lord’s body.
124. I have interpreted tongues in such a way that the message appeared to be directly from God.
125. I can discern if someone has accepted Christ as their personal Savior.
126. I readily identify with Paul’s desire for others to be single as he was.
127. When I pray, God frequently speaks to me, and I recognize His voice.
128. I respond cheerfully when asked to do a job, even if it seems menial.
129. When I call Christian leaders to come together for a certain purpose, a significant number of them responds.
130. You are very particular about the accuracy of details.

STEP II: Wagner-Modified Houts Chart

In the grid below, enter the numerical value for each of your responses next to the number of the corresponding statement from STEP I.

MUCH = 3      SOME = 2       LITTLE = 1    NOT AT ALL = 0

Then add up the five numbers that you have recorded in each row and place the sum in the “Total” column.




STEP III: Review Gift Definitions and Scripture References

The following information contains suggested definitions of the spiritual gifts. While not meant to be dogmatic or final, these definitions and supporting scriptures do correspond to characteristics of the gifts as expressed in the Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire.




The gift of prophecy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely-anointed utterance.

I Cor. 12:10, 28
Eph. 4:11 – 14
Romans 12:6
Luke 7:26
Acts 15:32; 21:9 – 11


Pastors are shepherds, called to love and nurture God's people. Pastors are wonderful gifts from Jesus and of great benefits to the local church. They are typically full of mercy, love and compassion. They offer wise counsel, sound godly wisdom and advice. 


Eph. 4:11 – 14
I Timothy 3:1 – 7
John 10:1 – 18
I Peter 5:1 – 3


The gift of teaching is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to communicate information relevant to the health and ministry of the body and its members in such a way that others will learn

I Cor. 12:28
Eph. 4:11 – 14
Romans 12:7
Acts 18:24 – 28
Acts 12: 20 – 21

The gift of wisdom is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive insight into how given knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the body of Christ.

I Cor. 2:1 – 13
I Cor. 12:8
Acts 6:3, 10
James 1:5 – 6
II Peter 3:15,16

The gift of knowledge is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas which are pertinent to the wellbeing of the body.

I Cor. 2:14
I Cor. 12:8
Acts 5:1 – 11
Coloss. 2:2 – 3
II Cor. 11:6

The gift of exhortation is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the body in such a way that they feel helped and healed.

Romans 12:8
I Timothy 4:13
Hebrews 10:25
Acts 14:22

The gift of discerning of spirits is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or satanic.

I Cor. 12:10
Acts 5:1 – 11
Acts 16:16 – 18
I John 4:1 – 6
Matt. 16:21 – 23

The gift of giving is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness.

Romans 12:8
II Cor. 8:1 – 7
II Cor. 9:2 – 8
Mark 12:41 – 44

The gift of helps is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to invest the talents they have in the life and ministry of other members of the body, with thus enabling those others to increase the effectiveness of their own spiritual gifts. 

I Cor. 12:28
Romans 16:1 – 2
Acts 9:36
Luke 8:2 – 3

The gift of mercy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian   & non – Christian) who suffer distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds which reflect Christ’s love and alleviate the suffering.

Romans 12:8
Mark 9:41
Acts 16:33 – 34
Luke 10:33 – 35
Matt. 20:29 – 34
Matt. 25:34 – 40
Acts 11:28 – 30

The gift of righteousness is “to be right with God”. God made us right with Him bearing the penalty of our sin. We cannot make ourselves right with God, unless we are sinless and that was the work of Christ. It is not something we do, but what we receive. When you receive righteousness we cannot get more.

Psalm 5:12
Psalm 34:17
Psalm 37: 25, 29
Psalm 146:8


Evangelism is telling the Good News that Jesus Christ died for sins, was raised from the dead on the third day, and is now extending forgiveness for sins to all who would believe. Without the ascension gift of the evangelist we would quickly forget about the Great Commission (Mark 16:15) the grace on the evangelist's gift is focused on the harvest

Eph. 4:11 – 14
II Timothy 4:5
Acts 8:5 – 6
Acts 8:26 – 40
Acts 14:21
Acts 21:8



Prophets are ascension gifts that are set in the church to produce a hunger for the voice of God. Prophets receive and communicate the mind and will of God. Jesus uses them to announce His will, unlock mysteries of His Word, bring conviction of sin, and focus the believer on an intimate spiritual and holy life. Prophets are spokesmen of God. The basic foundation function of a New Testament prophet is for edification, exhortation and comfort. 

Acts 13:1

Ephesians 2:20

Ephesians 4:11-13

1 Corinthians 12:28-29

The gift of faith is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for His work.

I Cor. 12:9
Acts 11:22 – 24
Acts 27:21 – 25
Hebrews 11
Romans 4:18 – 21

The gift of leadership is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to set goals in accordance with God’s purpose for the future and to communicate these goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish these   goals for the glory of God.

I Timothy 5:17
Acts 7:10
Acts 15:7 – 11
Romans 12:8
Hebrews 13:17
Luke 9:51

The gift of administration is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to understand clearly the immediate and long range goals of a particular unit of the body of Christ and to devise and execute   effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals.

I Cor. 12:28
Acts 6:1 – 7
Acts 27:11
Luke 14:28 – 30
Titus 1:5

The gift of miracles is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to serve as human intermediaries through whom it pleases God to perform powerful acts that are perceived by observers to have altered the ordinary course of nature.

Acts 9:36-72;
Acts 19:11-20
Acts 20:7-12
Romans 15:18-19
1Cor. 12: 10, 28
2 Cor. 12:12

The gift of healing is the special ability that God give to certain members of the Body of Christ to serve as human intermediaries through whom it  pleases God to cure illness and restore health apart from the use of natural means.

Acts 3:1-10
Acts 5:12-16
Acts 9:32-35
1 Cor. 12

The gift of tongues is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ (a) to speak to God in a language they have never learned and/or (b) to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely – anointed utterance in a language they have never learned.

I Cor.12:10, 28
I Cor. 14:13 – 19
Acts 2:1 – 13
Acts 10:44 – 46
Acts 19:1 – 7
Mark 16:17

The gift of interpretation is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to make known in a vernacular the message of one who speaks in tongues.

I Cor. 12:10, 30
I Cor. 14:13
I Cor. 14:26 - 28

Those who have this gift which is given freely have the special ability to minister on things eternal as well as salvation to the lost because of the burden upon them to see that all receive Christ.

Romans 6:23; 11:29,
Ephesians 2:8,
2 Cor. 11:3

The gift of singleness is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to remain single and enjoy it; to be unmarried and not suffer undue sexual temptations.

I Cor. 7:7 – 8
Matt. 19:10 – 12

The gift of Intercession is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers, to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian.

James 5:14 – 16
I Timothy 2:1 – 2
Coloss.1:9 – 12
Coloss.4:12 – 13
Acts 12:12
Luke 22:41 – 44

The gift of service is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to identify the unmet needs involved in a task related to God’s work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and to help accomplish the desired results.

II Tim. 1:16 – 18
Romans 12:7
Acts 6:1 – 7
Titus 3:14
Gal. 6:2, 10


Apostles are God's builders of the glorious Church. Apostles are the most panoramic of the five-fold ascension gifts. They have the ability to see the big picture. Whereas a pastor might be more local church-minded, the apostle has more of a world (universal) church vision. His heart is to mobilize the local church into a fine-tuned, invading and occupying army.

Luke 6:12-13
1 Cor. 12:28
Eph. 2:20;   4:11-13


Teachers are set in the Body of Christ to instruct us in the Word of God. Teachers have a unique ability to breakdown Scripture into easily understood attainable steps.


Acts 13:1
Ephesians 4:11-13
1 Corinthians 12:28-29
2 Timothy 1:11

STEP IV: Gifts and Ministries

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Please write your top FOUR gifts and select scores in the boxes below.  Thank You.