How can I develop and use my strengths?  

Strength starts with talent.  Becoming aware of your talents, naming your talents, and seeing how your talents work in your life are the first steps of developing and using your strengths.  The next step is to intentionally invest in your talents to develop strengths.  As you practice and use your talents and strengths, you will further develop your strengths. 

What exactly are talents? Talents are God-given gifts. 

  • You are born with talents.

  • Your talents are the ways that you naturally think, feel, and behave.  

  • Talents are like “filters” - the natural ways in which you see and respond to the world around you.

  • Your greatest talents are the potential and foundation for developing your strengths. 

What exactly are strengths?  Strengths are "cultivated" talents. 

  • Gallup, Inc. Strengths Philosophy defines a strength as “the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity.”  

  • Ingredients for a developing a strength include talents, skills, life experiences, knowledge, practice, and grace.

  • God calls you in common and specific ways, and your strengths help you to carryout to your God-given calls. 

  • When you want to do something really well, develop and use your strengths!

How can I learn how to be intentional about naming, cultivating, and using my talents & strengths?

There are three key steps to engaging in strengths-based talent development:

  1. CliftonStrengths®: A good place to begin is to take the CliftonStrengths® (StrengthsFinder®) assessment, which gives people a starting place in which to name their unique talents.  After you complete CliftonStrengths®, you will receive your top five Talent Themes - Your CliftonStrengths® Signature Themes.  

    (Time Commitment: 45 minutes)

  2. Strengths Education: Acquiring a good foundation of strengths philosophy and building blocks will equip you to fully engage in strengths-based talent development. Consider attending a strengths education workshop, such as Talents in Christian Discipleship© Strengths Education. Contact Martha Buelt to learn more about Talents in Christian Discipleship© Strengths Education opportunities.

    (Time Commitment: 3-5 hours)

  3. Develop and Apply: After you attend a strengths education workshop, you will be equipped to dive deeper into learning about, developing, and using your specific talents and strengths throughout your lifetime.

    (Time Commitment: Lifetime)

    Consider meeting with a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, who can walk with you as you begin to dive deeper into the process of understanding, developing, and applying your dominant talents and strengths in all aspects of your life. 

Is strengths-based talent development just for individuals?   

Strengths philosophy starts with "me" and moves to "we." When you know your talents and strengths, a next best step is tell others about your talents and strengths and learn from others about their talents and strengths. Then as you work together toward common goals, you can maximize your own and the collective strengths of your partnerships, teams, and community.  

How can my faith community begin to offer talent and strengths development opportunities?

Learn how to bring talent and strengths development opportunities to your faith community, church, parish, and/or campus ministry group by contacting Martha Buelt.

Martha has developed Talents in Christian Discipleship© Strengths Education processes for ministry settings.

Martha also trains ministry facilitators how to use the Gallup Living Your Strengths® materials, equipping leaders and facilitators to offer the Living Your Strengths ministry in their organizations.


Strengths content above is based on Gallup Strengths Philosophy. Gallup CliftonStrengths® and CliftonStrengths® Themes are registered marks of Gallup, Inc.