Your SHAPE for God’s Service is a 6-week program that runs for two hours each week. The program aims to enable church members to understand the unique SHAPE God has made them, the gifts he has given them and how he might want to use them. This is so that God’s Kingdom may be built up as each person finds the ministry to which God is calling them in the Church and in the world. Hopefully this will enable participants to live and serve with more joy, satisfaction and fruitfulness. This should build a healthy growing church, and will affect the way each person engages with their family, friends, job, local community, and voluntary / leisure activities.

Your SHAPE for God’s Service aims to create an informal, accepting and relaxed atmosphere, where people feel safe to share things at a personal level. There will be some input from the leaders on the topics, and an exploration of Biblical teaching. There will also be practical exercises, discussion and application to each person’s life situation, and prayer together. At the end of each session, a practical personal reflection exercise or questionnaire is given out, which will take about one hour to do at home. The following session will begin by discussing and applying the results of it. By the end of the course, each person will have compiled a profile of their current SHAPE for ministry.

Note: There are no copyright restrictions on the material presented. S.H.A.P.E. has been developed by The Revd. Canon Amiel Osmaston Church House, West Walls, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UE, England and obtained from http://arankcentre.org/yourshape.


On completion of the program you should be able to describe your:

  • Spiritual Gifts (God’s unique gifts to you)
  • Heart’s Desire (what motivates and excites you; what you love to do)
  • Abilities (your talents, knowledge and skills)
  • Personality (your character, personal qualities and strengths)
  • Experience (your life experiences and what you’ve gained from them)for God’s Service

On completion of the program you will have an Individual Review session with the group leader in order to explore what has been discovered, suggest possible areas of ministry, and make practical arrangements for action.

Course Materials and Resources

Please contact Cleo Cyr (847.0116), Warden of Layreaders, for further information and course materials.

Course Evaluation

Once you have completed this course please submit the course evaluation form, either online or send paper copy to:
Warden of Layreaders
168 Church Street,
Fredericton NB E3B 4C9