Ephesians 4:11-12 in the NIV says, So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Here is a brief explanation of these giftings:
Apostles - God's delegates, representatives or ambassadors.
Prophets - who speak the words of God.
Evangelist - who are gifted to teach the Good News of Jesus to non-believers; missionaries.
Pastors and Teachers - who shepherd the flock and provide Bible teaching.
The purpose of these gifts are to build up the church, in number and maturity. God doesn't give these giftings just to people employed by the church, he gives them to many lay people as well.
It's like God gave you a broom - you're not meant to hang it on the wall and admire it, you're meant to use it. What gifts do you think God has given you? How can you use them?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.