INTRODUCING THE "STRENGTHS AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS FOR THE JOURNEY" PROGRAM
This four-week program allows an in-depth exploration of the strengths that participants can grow from their God-given talents, the spiritual gifts that reflect those strengths, and how they can call upon their strengths and gifts to become disciples of Christ. Open to all adult parishioners, the program is based on Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 1.0 Assessment ™ and the book Living Your Strengths (Catholic Edition), as well as an established online spiritual gifts assessment program.
Participants will take an assessment tool developed by Gallup, Inc. that will identify and explore their God-given talents, strategies for developing their talents into strengths, and ways in which their top strengths can work together on an individual and group basis. Participants will also take an established on-line assessment that allows them to discover their spiritual gifts. Together these assessments will be used to explore how each participant can draw upon his or her God-given talents, strengths and spiritual gifts to become a disciple of Christ.
The revised Strengths For The Journey program will be conducted in four small group sessions lasting approximately 2 hours each. Each session will involve prayer, reflection about relevant passages from Scripture, and active sharing of each participant’s strengths and spiritual gifts assessment results. Led by trained facilitators, the small group discussions will be focused on how participants can utilize their strengths and spiritual gifts to enrich their faith life and improve their effectiveness in daily life. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be asked to make a specific commitment to use their God-given talents, strengths and spiritual gifts at Saint Mary's and Our Lady of Lourdes or elsewhere on their journey to become disciples of Christ.
Participants will be supplied all program materials during the first session. Each participant will need to purchase a copy of Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community prior to start of the program with the Parish Office. There will be a 45 minute pre-workshop assignment to complete before the July 24 session. (Directions for the pre work assignment will be included with the book.) There is a $20 book fee. The book contains the code for Gallup’s assessment tool as well as other resources for our discussions. The course will also use an online spiritual gifts assessment tool that is free; the link to this assessment will be provided at the workshop.