Spiritual Gifts: The Called and Gifted Workshop

St. Paul the Apostle Church in Dayton is hosting a Called and Gifted Workshop, December 3-4, led by Fr. Michael Butler.  The workshop uses an inventory first developed in the Roman Catholic Church to help parish members discern the gifts which they have received from God for use in building up the local community.  The program also helps a community to discern what gifts God has bestowed on its members which it can use to further the growth and development of the local Church.  “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Information on how to register and a registration form are available online.   For those who register before November 21 the cost of the workshop is $20; after November 22 the cost is $25.  Registration fees include lunch on Saturday.

On Friday, December 3, from 7-10pm, participants will learn about spiritual gifts and then take the inventory which will serve as an instrument to help parishioners discern their spiritual gifts.    Then on Saturday, December 4, from 9:30am to 4pm, Fr. Michael Butler will discussions on spiritual gifts and their role in the life of the parish.

“It means only that the salvation of the world is announced and, in a sense, entrusted to each person, is made a personal vocation and responsibility and ultimately depends on each person. … The whole world is given– in a unique way — to each person and thus in each person is ‘saved’ or ‘perishes.’ Thus in every Saint the world is saved and it is fully saved in the one totally fulfilled Person: Jesus Christ.”   (Fr Alexander Schmemann)

This program is part of the effort of St. Paul Parish to encourage the active participation of all members in the life, ministry and mission of the Church.  The parish leadership has been working on such themes as Helping Orthodox Parishes be Effective (HOPE) and how to help its members move from being loafers to being bakers.    In 1985 St. Paul community began as a mission with the goal of establishing a church. Now we are a church (gifted with wonderful church facilities) and working to re-establish our mission!

“A vibrant parish learns to conduct its affairs in a manner that unites the faithful dynamically, makes Christian truths live in the hearts of people, integrates these truths into life, and acts upon them in concrete ways.  Hence, the continuous renewal of parish life must be of primary concern and importance to the Church-in-mission.”   (Alkiviadis Calivas,  Essays in Theology and Liturgy, Vol Two:  Challenges and Opportunities:  The Church in Her Mission to the World,  pg 49)

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact St. Paul Church at office@stpdayton.org or Fr. Ted Bobosh at frted@stpdayton.org.  Otherwise you can mail your registration forms with check directly to the church:  St. Paul Church, 4451 Wagner Road, Dayton, OH  45440.

“Hence it is valuable and proper that each one should strive with zeal and diligence to achieve perfection in whatever work he has undertaken, whether this be something he has chosen to do or something he has been given grace to do.  He can praise and admire the virtues of others, but he ought never to depart from the profession which he himself has picked.  For, as the apostle says, he knows that the body of the church is one but its members numerous, that ‘our gifts differ in accordance with the grace given to us.  If one’s gift is administration then let it be used for administration, if teaching then let it be used for teaching, if exhortation then let it be used in exhortation.  Let the one who distributes do so in all simplicity.  Let the one who is in charge be so solicitously and let the one doing the works of mercy be cheerful’ (Rom 12:6-8).  One member cannot undertake the work of others.  The eyes do not perform the task of the hands nor does the nose do the work of the ears.  Not everyone can be apostle, prophet, or doctor.  Not everyone has the grace of healing.  Not everyone speaks in tongues.  Not everyone is an interpreter.”  (St. John Cassian, Conferences, pp 157-158).