What are CHARISMS / GIFTS?
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship that recognizes God as the source of all gifts. The word charism comes from the Greek word charisma, which means "grace" or "free gift". A charism is a unique gift of grace given directly by the Holy Spirit to a particular individual. They enable us to bear results above and beyond our normal human abilities. Charisms, which are given by the Holy Spirit to whom He wills and when He wills, are meant to be for the up-building, renewal, and growth of the entire Church.
Does everyone have Charisms?
YES! Charisms are given to everyone through Baptism and Confirmation. Some Charisms are temporary, given for a single time only. Some are given on a more permanent basis, allowing us to use our gifts over and over, throughout our life.
How do I find MY Charisms?
Charisms need to be discovered, and developed just like natural talents. You will need to spend time in prayer, discerning what those gifts are for YOU. Have you ever felt an inner power working, while you do certain things? Think back to those times – ask God to guide you into those ministries where He can use you for His purpose.
Some examples of how various Charisms can be used in service here at church:
Evangelism: catechist or lector
Leadership: committee chairperson
Hospitality: greeter, weekend hospitality, or funeral worker
Music: parish music minister
Craftsmanship: seamstress, decorating, Servants of the Heart, craft ministry
Healing: Eucharistic minister or prayer teams
The Siena Institute also helps people discover their strengths, talents, and charisms. Learn more at http://www.siena.org/Called-Gifted/called-a-gifted.htm.
How do I get involved here at the Church of Saint Paul?
Each fall, parishioners (adults and teens) are asked to complete a “Time and Talent” form. We ask that everyone find a way to be involved in at least one ministry; many will choose more. There are so many ways to share your gifts with others, some will be done at church, some can be done from home, some can be done by phone, and some are through prayer.
You can also visit the "Ministries" tab above to learn more about the numerous ministries offered here at the Church of Saint Paul and ways you can share your talents with others.