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Skills Definitions


Every person has learned various skills throughtout their life.  The Skills Assessment
identifies a number of skill that may be helpful in undertaking one of the ministries listedin the AIM Software. 

These Skills are groups into 9 categoies.  Click on the links below to learn about each skill.

Analyzing/Investigative Skills

These are primarily mental abilities needed to analyze situations and projects.

Analyze data

The ability to look at difficult problems and work out alternate solutions.

Calculating and Analytical

The ability to evaluate a project and calculate the cost financially; use of resources and personnel.

Develop Budgets

The ability to develop a plan for a project on multiple levels from a cost perspective.

Create/Innovate Skills

These skills are helpful in situations that need creativity and innovative thinking.

Act in Dramas

The ability to perform before an audience, lean lines and develops characters out of your imagination.

Audio  or Video Production

The ability to use audio and video equipment to capture in an artistic manner the presentation which has been acted, danced or performed in front of a live audience or developed in a studio for presentation to a live audience.

Create innovative solutions to complex problems

The ability to apply an idea to a problem in a real and substantive way; more than an idea; a real hands-on solution.

Creating art

The ability to transfer a thought into art without instruction.


The ability to feel emotion and express it through the art of dance.

Drafting of Plans

The ability to draw detailed plans.

Drawing Pictures

The ability to draw what is seen with the eye or mind on a piece of paper.

Express ideas or images through art form

The ability to see life in various forms of artistic expression.

Layout or design sets

The ability to visualize a setting that matches the needs or theme of a play or event and then construct the set in the given space and with the appropriate materials and color scheme.

Painting Pictures or Art

The ability to use paints to express an idea or image.

Performing in Public

The ability to act, pantomime, or speak in a dramatic way.

Photoshop - or similar

The skill to use computer software to develop images and art.

Power Point

The skill to develop presentation for use in worship or meeting from software such as Power Point or similar.


The ability to create scripts from scripture or life that convey a message in a creative and entertaining way.


The ability to alter clay, marble rock or substances into shapes which convey beauty.


Financial Skills

These skills are reflective of a person’s ability in financial areas and their knowledge of accounting and business functions.

Calculate - budget and project fiscal balances

The ability to prepare budgets and projections for use by others.

Create and justify organization's budget to others

The ability to lead others to understand the budget of an organization and the importance of each activity or ministry.

Create charts for presentation

The ability to use software or graphics to generate charts which explain facts and ideas for use in large groups.

Develop or Use Spreadsheets

The ability to setup spreadsheets for the analysis of data using macros, functions, formulas and pivot tables

Handle money

Honesty in handling the church’s money.

Financial Management

The ability to effective managemoney and other assets of the church and to efficiently accomplish the objectives of the organization.

Forecast or estimate expenses and income

The ability to forecast income and estimate expenses in a way that members of the organization can understand.

Keep accurate and complete financial records

The ability to know and use accounting principles and to keep accurate records as related to ministry and church records.

Know and apply investment principles

The ability to use sound investment principles in handling the church’s money and long-term investments.

Operate business machines

The ability to use copiers, folders, laminators, computers, adding machines and other standard office equipment.

Perform accounting functions and procedures

The ability to make journal entries, account adjustments and other accounting functions.

Reconcile and balance statements

The ability to view bank statements and reconcile the debits and credits on the churches records.

Use computer software for records and analysis

Use computer software such as databases, spreadsheets and accounting or records software.

Interpersonal Relations

The skills listed in this section will help discover how effective a person is in working with others and leading groups or work projects.

Advising other in personal matters

The ability to sense the needs of individuals and to provide accurate advice.

Assessing Needs

The ability to assess the needs of individuals and groups to enhance the organization’s processes.

Coaching Others

The ability to provide inspiration to individuals and groups and to encourage performance at the highest level.

Communicate with Diverse Groups

The ability to communicate with people of various cultures, persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in an effective way.

Convey information effectively

The ability to deliver information and to explain it fully and completely in a simple and effective manner.

Counseling skills

The ability to provide confidential and competent counsel to individuals who may be facing challenges and crisis.

Create a positive and hospitable environment

The ability to make people feel welcome and generate positive feelings among group participants.

Demonstrate empathy

The unique ability to exude empathy in difficult situations and to individuals.

Directing activities or work

The ability to direct people and resources to accomplish specific activities and work.

Empower or advocate for people

The ability to speak on behalf of a cause or group of people with whom you are seeking to minister or provide care.


The ability to offer encouragement to others when they are engaged in a difficult situation or project without seeking anything in return.


The ability to entertain people through laughter, joy, distraction or generate a feeling of joy and excitement.


The ability to ask questions in such a way as to uncover truth and lead to discover a person’s true nature.

Knowledge of human behavior

Knowing how people react to stress, pain and feelings from a psychological standpoint.

Listen carefully and attentively

The ability to listen intently without pushing your own agenda or attempting to offer solutions.


The ability to wait actively until the resolution of a situation is achieved.

Presenting facts

The ability to present factual arguments without interjecting personal opinions.

Sensitivity to needs and emotions

The ability to sense the needs or emotional state of others before they can be verbalized.

Speaking in small groups

The ability to speak effectively and with confidence in groups.


Skills related to a person’s management style and ability to lead are represented in these skills. A good leader does not perform a task as much as delegate and lead in the completion of the task.

Achieve goals within budget and time schedule

The ability to work at a good pace and lead others to make the necessary adjustment to a task and complete it within the time frame allowed and within the budget set.

Arrange for meetings

The ability to make plans and organize resources for meetings of people involved in a task.

Assign Tasks and set Standards for Support Staff

The ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of individuals and to assign tasks based on those.  To understand the process of accomplishing tasks and set standards for successful completion.


The ability to determine the cost of a project by standards such as cost of materials, labor, travel, administration etc. and to achieve a level of completion for each budget item in its entirety.

Chair meetings

The ability to manage meetings and conduct business in an orderly and efficient manner.


The ability to share information and acquire information from others who have knowledge and experience in a task.

Communicate well with key people in organizations

The ability to communicate with people in an organization who are both supervisors over you and team members who may be equal to you or under your supervision.

Consult or Advise

The ability to share advice and opinions with others in a professional and respectful manner.

Coordinate events

The ability to coordinate activities of people and suppliers who must all work together to accomplish a task.

Counsel others

The ability to have people seek spiritual or personal counsel from you in times of stress or anxiety.

Delegate responsibility

The ability to recognize leadership and skills in others and to share the work load with others who can complete the task.

Demonstrate flexibility during a crisis

The ability to show flexibility in a crisis and to convey confidence and leadership in a rapidly changing situation.

Develop rapport

The ability to relate to others and gain mutual trust and respect.

Envision the future and lead change

The ability to see the possibility of a future event and lead others to undertake changes that result in such change.

Facilitate groups or discussions

The ability to engage people and groups in productive discussions that result in the fulfillment of the groups’ task.


The ability to raise funds for a specific plan or program.

Handling complaints

The ability to mediate complaints from co-worker, church members, staff and others with who you are leading or ministering.

Interpret goals and objectives

The ability to explain to others the goals and objectives of an organization as they seek to accomplish the task which has been given to them.

Manage personnel

The ability to effectively manage personnel in the performance of their task or mission.

Mediate peace between conflicting parties

The ability to bring people together in a common purpose who may have differing perspectives on the completion of a task or assignment.

Mobilize resources

The ability to mobilize people and materials in the completion of a task.

Motivate others

The ability to encourage others to overcome difficulties and complete a task or assignment.

Negotiate or Arbitrate

The ability to engage others in the give and take of ideas and persuasions and to mutually agree on a suitable outcome.

Oral communication

The ability to speak in an effective manner.


The ability to put tasks, items, resources, information or other items in an organized system of retrieval.

Persuade or Influence

The ability to bring others to your point of view and to influence the outcome of an event.

Plan - Goal Setting and Projections

The ability to set goals for an organization and to project cost, benefits and actions to achieve the goal set.

Plan – Meetings or Workshops

The ability to plan for specific meetings or workshops and to prepare the space, materials, speakers and other resource for an effective event.

Promotion of events

The ability to promote an event both inside your church or organization and to people outside your organization through various effective means.

Public relations

The ability to relate to the public through the press on matters concerning your church or organization.


The ability to engage others in the support of your project or task.

Selling Ideas or Products

The ability to promote a product or position which then will be adopted by the hearer as their own.

Set standards, policies or procedures

The ability to set clear standards and guidelines for others which lead to the satisfactory completion of a task.

Social or Hosting Skills

The ability to host social events that bring people together in an enjoyable experience.

Supervise or Manage others

The ability to oversee and manage the talents and skills of others in your organization.

Teach or Instruct

The ability to effectively teach and instruct others so that knowledge and abilities are learned.

Time  management

The ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion and to prioritize tasks and events for maximum efficiency.

Track progress of projects and troubleshoot

The ability to follow a task from start to finish and meet expectations while overcoming problems and obstacles.

Written communication

The ability to use the written language effectively to teach, train, inspire and convey truth.

Office and Communication Skills

These skills are needed for the smooth operation of an office or the ability to communicate with people in an organization.

Audio production

The ability to produce, record, edit and distribute audio recordings.


The ability to perform accounting activities by making Journal and General Ledger entries

Brainstorm and make use of group synergy

The ability to facilitate group discussions, generate ideas and creative thinking.

Collating Documents

The ability to place documents in order based on Alphabetical, Numerical, Dates or other criteria.

Computer knowledge

The ability to know the operation of computers and software or the ability to acquire knowledge on the operation of software quickly and easily.

Creative writing

The ability to write stories, poems, articles, fiction and other material in a creative and interesting way.

Data Processing

The ability to input data through the use of Computer Programs and to analyze that data for a useful purpose.

Database Management

The ability to design and maintain information in various databases such as SQL, Access or proprietary formats.

Edit and proofread material

The ability to read material for the purpose of correcting punctuation, grammar and style.


The ability to maintain records in a filing system where information can be retrieved with ease.

Grammar and style

Knowledge of rules of grammar and writing style such as APA, Chicago Fifteenth Ed., Harvard, Turabian and others.


The ability to create graphical images that convey a specific thought or idea in an article or publication.

Organize thoughts and plans

The ability to organize your thoughts and develop a plan of action that others can follow.

Prepare and write logically written reports

The ability to write a logical report of events or actions that others can follow and understand.

Prepare promotional materials

The ability to prepare promotional materials such as fliers, posters, commercials, billboards, signs, press releases and commercials for radio and TV.

Public speaking

The ability to speak in a public forum on subjects which you are an expert or have specific knowledge.

Record keeping

The ability to keep accurate records that reflect the activities of a group or organization.

Sign making

The ability to conceptualize a concept to promote an event or activity and to transfer those ideas to art and printed material for signage.

Word processing or Typing

The ability to use a keyboard and produce typed documents from notes and manuscripts.

Writing for curriculum or Training and Research

The ability to research a topic and prepare teaching materials for use as curriculum or training guides within your organization.

Organizational Skill

Organizational skills are essential to an effective group or ministry.  Skills in this area demonstrate a person’s ability to not only lead others but to develop the plan, research and the techniques necessary to accomplish the goals.

Cataloging Items

The ability to categorize items and track them through a catalog system via computer database or a paper system of some kind.

Compare and evaluate information

The ability to review information from various sources and evaluate it for accuracy and to make or adjust plans.

Conducting research

The ability to conduct research on a given topic utilizing books, online databases and resource material.  To seek out experts on a topic and condense their knowledge into to a concise and abbreviated version for use by leaders in your organization.

Coordinate people activities and details

The ability to coordinate people assigned to various tasks in your organization and maintain a level of attention to detail to ensure a successful completion of the project.

Developing ideas or plans

The ability to develop an idea and organize a plan to fulfill the idea in such a way that others can buy into the idea as well.

Gathering information

The ability to sort through data and gather appropriate facts and opinions in order to support a plan of action.

Identify and organize tasks or information

The ability to take a plan and establish the incremental steps needed to fulfill the plan and to prioritize the steps based on information supplied or developed from your own research and ideas.

Keep Records

The ability to record activities, events, conversation, etc. and to store those records so they can easily be recalled.

Making diagrams

The ability to diagram an organization, task or mission so that others can understand the process of fulfillment.

Organize People or Groups

The ability to group people and to organize groups in such a way as to bring about successful plans and activities.

Planning for Future Development

The ability to develop a plan for a future event and to record the plans so others can follow it to a logical conclusion.

Set up and keep time schedules

The ability to convert a plan into a workable schedule with incremental goals for a group or project.

Service Skills

Service skills are those skills, which are required to assist others in need.  These skills are always directed toward individuals.

Assisting Others

The ability to give aid to others that enable them to function in a given situation.

Care for and serve people

Similar to assisting others, this skill is the ability to provide care for others and to serve their needs when they are unable to care or serve themselves.

Child Care

The ability to provide care appropriate to infants and toddlers. These include feeding, changing, entertaining and engaging the child in developmental tasks appropriate to their age and level of progress.

Dietary skills

The ability to cook and provide healthy nutritious meals.

First Aid

The ability to provide emergency first aid until qualified medical personnel are available.

Instructing Students

The ability to give clear instructions that are understood by others in the accomplishing of a task.

Medical services

The ability to provide advanced medical services beyond basic first aid.


The ability to serve as a nurse and administer medication and medical procedures.

Protecting others

The ability to provide physical protection to others either through physical or emotional force.

Rehabilitate People

The ability to provide rehabilitative services such as physical therapy, exercise, occupational therapy or such.


The ability to train a person or group how to accomplish a task through demonstration, lecture or other hands on approaches.

Technical/Manual Skills

These skills involve a physical task.  In some cases, these skills require technical training or licensing. The skills may be taught by a master teacher and usually involve detailed eye-hand coordination.


The ability to visualize a structure and draw detailed plans from which a contractor or builder can complete the project.


The ability to assemble machines, structures or devices and follow instructions.

Brick layer

The ability to lay bricks using cement and mortar to complete a structure as it was designed.


The ability to prepare content for broadcasting via TV or radio using talent and the necessary equipment.


The ability to use Stylized Penmanship on Poster, cards, signs, letters, certificates.


The ability to construct a structure out of wood using measurements, cuts nails or screws.

Computer repair

The ability to troubleshoot computer problems and make the necessary repairs to hardware or software.

Concrete Work

The ability to mix components together to make concrete and to form the concrete to make foundations, sidewalks, walls or other structures.


The ability to prepare and cook food and follow a recipe if necessary.


The ability to make garments, blankets or other items from yarn using crochet or knitting stitches, loops and knots.

Drawing plans or blueprints

The ability to draw detailed plans with measurements and angles of a building, structure or project from with others can complete the project.


The ability to safely drive cars, vans, buses or trucks and if necessary secure or possess a commercial driver’s license.


The ability to measure, cut and hang drywall.  This will include the finishing process of mudding, taping and sanding.


The ability to install, replace or fix electrical problems such as replacing sockets, running new wiring, replacing circuit breakers and troubleshooting other electrical issues.

Event Setup

The ability to stage lights, microphones, instruments, cords, electrical outlets and other equipment for a performance in an artistically pleasing manner.

First Aid

The ability to provide First Aid in the time of medical crisis.  Should have completed Red Cross, Hospital or other training in First Aid techniques.

Graphic Design

The ability to use computer programs to design Graphics for use in Print, Video, Online or other outlets.


The ability to review other people’s work and determine if the work meets local building codes and complies with generally accepted levels of accuracy.

Installing equipment

The ability to place equipment and make all the necessary connections both electrical, plumbing or structurally so it will work properly and efficiently.


The ability to maintain lawns, trees, shrubs, plants and flowers in an esthetically pleasing manner.


The ability to direct lights that will create the effect needed for an event and illuminate speakers or performers as needed for the audience or TV equipment.


The ability to maintain spaces and equipment by means of cleaning, making minor repairs and addressing issues that may arise in the cleanliness of a building or facility.

Manual labor

The ability to perform labor by lifting, moving or working under the direction of others.

Operating machines or equipment

The ability to operate various machines and equipment related to farms, machine shops, manufacturing plants and others.


The ability to cover walls and trim with paint in a way to make it pleasing to the eye.


The ability to use a camera effectively and to capture images for print or publication.


The ability to mix plaster material to be used in the building industry.


The ability to connect pipes of various types and materials to all for the flow of liquids and gasses with leaks and in an efficient manner.


The ability to make bedding using small pieces of fabric and filler in a style called quilting.

Repair bikes

The ability to troubleshoot and make repairs to bicycles.

Repair cars

The ability to troubleshoot and make repairs to cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Restoration work

The ability to make repairs to buildings, furniture and other items in a fashion that is consistent with the original texture and design utilizing materials from a previous point in time.


The ability to cover the roof of a house or business with materials designed to repel light and water and protect the contents of the building.


The ability to stitch multiple pieces of fabric together from a pattern.

Troubleshooting problems

The ability to look at processes or situations and determine problems and offer solutions.


The ability to use a keyboard to type messages and text on a computer word processing program or a typewriter.

Video production

The ability to capture video and/or edit video into to final presentation for IMAG or video distribution through DVD, Streaming Media or Broadcasts