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When (if ever) should a person's level of gifting restrict the arts ministry opportunities open to him or her?

This is a frequently asked question, especially when a volunteer has a devoted and passionate heart and a terrific attitude, but a limited amount of gifting (or talent) to do the task. For example, a vocalist might be able to sing in a choir and yet lack the skill required for the kind of solo music the church uses for the Sunday morning services. Some would argue that we should allow everyone to use their gifts, and not place so much emphasis on excellence and quality. They contend that great ministry can take place in spite of the person's gift limitations.

But how far would we be willing to extend a philosophy of ministry that lessens the importance of giftedness (as long as the faithfulness and character are present)? Are we willing for just anyone to preach the message, regardless of gifting? Are we okay with someone leading our building committee with no apparent skill in construction or finance? The Holy Spirit gave gifts for a purpose, so that the body of Christ can be built up, ...

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