Peter J. Leithart notes that the spiritual gifts in the church are rarely the same as the skills valued in the secular world:
Brian Brock argues that the churchs diversity of gifts should not be understood as a division of labor. That conforms the church to the social models of technological society in which individuals [are] so organized that they can productively live out the fully formed gifts (skills) they bring when joining the social group. That suggests a notion of gift as a form of expertise.
Rather, in Pauls model, each individual member of the body is only whole in delighting in and taking part in the expression of others gifts. No one brings pre-formed gifts to the body, but is equipped by the Spirit with gifts that are perfected in union with the whole body.
Pauls conception also differs because he emphasizes the delight that members of the body should take in their own weakness, weakness that allows other members to exercise gifts in service to them.