Do you remember Ray Stedman’s book, Body Life? Ray was pastor of Palo Alto Bible Church in California, and I credit Ray with kicking off the conversation about gifts-based ministry. Then the church growth people at Fuller Seminary and Fuller Evangelistic Association picked it up. Peter Wagner and others designed spiritual gifts inventories, which thousands took to help them figure out what their spiritual gifts were. The end result: those who took the inventory would know where to serve in their local church. But the whole deal backfired. Instead of becoming a guide on where to serve, spiritual gifts have become an excuse for not serving.