Making a place for gifts

“I love cooking, I’ve always done it with my family and it’s something I get energy from. It would be strange for me to show up to any gathering of friends and not bring food along.”

When you imagine a group of people gathered together, what do you see? What are the tangible signs, experiences, elements that are usually in place? Amongst the unique and varied traditions that might be at play, food is almost always part of it. What we eat and how we eat it is a reflection of many of the values, hopes and beliefs we have about life. Is it any wonder that the practice of eating together forms a central part of many gatherings of the faithful?

Questions

  • How much are you aware of your own gifts, as well as the gifts others in your community have?
  • What opportunities do people have to share their gifts as a regular part of your communities’ rhythm or activities or gatherings?
  • We all take action in the world everyday. What makes the sharing of gifts different? What makes it sacred?
  • Have you ever watched someone who is sharing a gift? What do you notice about them? What impact does this have on the person?
  • What might be some of the benefits of aligning people’s roles in your community, with their giftedness?

Wisdom from the pews

“When you imagine a group of people gathered together, what do you see? What are the tangible signs, experiences, elements that are usually in place? Amongst the unique and varied traditions that might be at play, food is almost always part of it. ”

“What we eat and how we eat it is a reflection of many of the values, hopes and beliefs we have about life. Is it any wonder that the practice of eating together forms a central part of many gatherings of the faithful?”

“Contributing to the life of a community by offering your gifts, passions, strengths and abilities is vital. The cumulative effect of all these gifts create the essence of the communities life. ”

“Everyone needs times of rest and change. Care needs to be taken to ensure that a generous gift doesn’t become a burdensome obligation. ”

“When sharing gifts, check that you are doing what you love, sharing it freely and generously. Make sure you are taking rest when you feel drained, or making a change. Serve out of your experience of overflowing love, rather than because something has to keep going, or out of fear of letting others down.

Going deeper

Body of Christ Gifts APEST

The Fivefold Ministry, developed by Eric Knopf is a term referring to the five ministry roles of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher found in the book of Ephesians You can read more or do a survey to find your type here:

https://www.fivefoldministry.com/

Positive psychology PERMA principles

Building positive teams can be resourced by the PERMA model, developed by Positive Psychology researcher,  Martin Seligman

Read more about PERMA here:
https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/perma-model/

Building positive teams can be resourced by the PERMA model, developed by Positive Psychology researcher,  Martin Seligman

Read more about PERMA here:
https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/perma-model/

Leadership Strengths diagnostic

Take an online survey to identify your leadership strengths:

http://www.ncls.org.au/sitemap/6343