CRAFTSMANSHIP and administration may not be necessarily seen as spiritual gifts but participants in a forthcoming program in Brisbane archdiocese will have the chance to discover and celebrate these and many other gifts in themselves and others.
The Called and Gifted workshops, being held at the Lavalla Centre in Paddington on Saturdays, June 13 and 20, focus on identifying spiritual gifts known as charisms and encouraging individuals to develop and put these gifts at the service of the Church and the wider community.
Program co-ordinator and facilitator of the weekend workshops Mike Humphrys said those involved in the program could expect to gain a renewed sense of purpose and direction in their lives.
Mr Humphrys, who is also a member of the Brisbane archdiocese’s Faith and Life Every Day Mission Team, said he became an enthusiastic supporter of the Called and Gifted process after visiting the United States nearly two years ago.
“The program has been hugely successful there with more than 25,000 people participating in the past decade,” he said.
Karen Atkins, who has become a Christian Life Purpose coach since participating in last year’s program, said she had found the experience “life changing” and “faith building”.
“Through the process, I have been able to discern and confirm my charism of encouragement which has enabled me to move confidently forward in my ministry as a Christian Life Purpose coach for women.”
The four-step process starts with workshops held on two Saturdays, Mr Humphrys said.
Next, within a fortnight of the workshops, is an interview to help participants identify their charism.
Following this, participants work in small groups to experiment with their charisms, and the process continues with meetings every six months for ongoing support.
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