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Descriptions of the 22 Charisms of the Activate Survey

The gift of Administration assists persons who have been tasked with leadership roles to provide organization and leadership to bring about an expansion of the Kingdom of God.

Scriptural and other writings on this charism

Romans 12:7 “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service [administration], in our serving [administration]…”

What does this look like?

In the home – one may run their household well, but there may be more to this than mere cleanliness or order. In discerning this charism for use in the home you (or others) might sense that there is exceptional peacefulness as a result of one’s administration of the goods and needs of the members of the household.

In daily life – a person with this charism may experience an uncanny ability to help a group of people to organize for effective service and order in the changing needs of the moment.

In professional work – this may manifest in the workplace, but it may easily be confused with a natural talent or developed skill. Remember that people can get a Master’s Degree in this skill, while charisms are specifically exercised for the sake of revealing the glory and power of God. If people are surprised by your ability to exercise leadership in ways that go beyond human skill this may be a sign that this charism is at work in a secular environment.

In ministry – this charism is a wonderful match for those in leadership positions in the Church. It is especially useful for bishops and pastors and may build upon the grace of Holy Orders to produce great fruitfulness as a result of the way these leaders cooperate with the Holy Spirit to bring order to the missionary work of the Church. Lay leaders may also be gifted with this charism to aid in the organization and direction of schools, parishes, and other organizations and movements that contribute to the missionary work of the Church.

In service at one’s parish – one who exhibits this charism may be well placed in a leadership role or might serve well as part of a team that plans or organizes for evangelization or other missionary efforts in the parish and community.

Complementary Charisms

Apostleship, Leadership, Service, Trust, and Wisdom

This charism supports these charisms by providing a graceful ordering of the way they are lived out for mission. When someone has several of these charisms in common they may perceive a large amount of overlap in how they are manifested. Some of the similarities of these charisms can make it difficult to tell them apart, which may require deeper discernment and study to determine which of them one actually has in full.

Helps for discernment

Be careful to distinguish between this charism and the charisms of leadership and service. Leadership involves sharing a vision or plan of what could be that motivates people to want to become part of that activity. Administration helps one make a plan and bring it to reality. When exercised, leadership causes you to be the one who discovers a problem and administration is the charism that provides a plan to solve the problem. The charism of service leads one to be extraordinarily aware of unmet needs and organizational weaknesses and they feel it necessary to solve the problem themselves. On the other hand, those with the charism of administration will ordinarily be more inclined to delegate and direct others to accomplish the overall task. Again, this charism can easily be confused with the learned skill of administration, especially for those who have extensive training for their profession, like an MBA or MA in Education.

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Scriptural and other writings on this charism

Romans 12:7 “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service [administration], in our serving [administration]…”

What does this look like?

In the home – one may run their household well, but there may be more to this than mere cleanliness or order. In discerning this charism for use in the home you (or others) might sense that there is exceptional peacefulness as a result of one’s administration of the goods and needs of the members of the household.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

-St. Paul
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