“Picturing” Lay Ministry: Photovoice and Participatory Group Spiritual Gifts Assessment

  • Steven G. Trefz Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


The “Picturing Lay Ministry” project uses the visual methodology of
photovoice as a way of generating participatory laity discernment around the topics of calling, rural ministry, and spiritual gifts. The project involves working with curriculum action research embedded within one-day ministry discernment events for laity. Measurement tools include a spiritual gift inventory, repeated measures Likert questionnaires, a short-term photovoice exercise, and semistructured
interviews. The research shows that a photovoice intervention
positively impacts participants’ awareness and ownership of calling and spiritual giftedness, and encourages contextualization of both ministry realities and hopefilled opportunities.

Author Biography

Steven G. Trefz, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2013 recipient of ‘The Journal of Christian Ministry Award of Excellence’ for outstanding thesis-project
The Journal of Christian Ministry Awards of Excellence