Building Christian community by nurturing the relationships and long-term spiritual growth of a group
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When I filled in the Called and Gifted Personal Inventory, I scored highly for the Charism of Pastoring. During my one to one conversation we decided that I should focus on this charism during the Small Discernment Group process. I noticed that I always felt great joy when I was helping a group of people to grow in their faith.
It comes to mind as I try to write about my charism, will others think I am boasting about something I have? I would like to be quite clear about one thing: the great joy of the Called and Gifted process was discovering that it is not about me, it is about observing with joy the free flow of the Holy Spirit through me.
When I filled in the C&G Inventory I had only scored 6 for Pastoring. However, my wife thought otherwise and would have given me 14!. When I stopped to think about Pastoring - nurturing the long term spiritual growth and relationships and of a group - I realised that much of my experience did indeed match the statements in the C&G literature.