Friday 5, Gifts and Talents

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Sally writes:

Our Circuit (Methodist) is having a "Gifts and talents day" tomorrow-
we have a minister visiting from another circuit who has modified the
Myers Briggs personality test and added a few things of his own to run
a day where we get to look at ourselves in the light of giftings and of
the whole church. The idea is to encourage everyone with the news that
there is room for you in the ministry of the church- and perhaps to
discover where that ministry might be…..

It should be an interesting day, and one where I hope people will leave feeling encouraged and challenged…

So with gifts and talents in mind here is todays Friday 5;

1. Personality tests; love them or hate them?

I love them! I suppose there’s a risk of putting people in a box by relying on them too heavily. But I love them.

2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture ?

Of those choices, I would say "creative."

It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had
yours yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it
to be?

I used to desire fame. One of my dreams as a teenager was to be on The Tonight Show, to be interviewed for something of note. Growing up in a political family may have fed this. We were in lots of newspaper stories as the family of my noteworthy father. That sets a fairly high bar for attention, even if unconsciously.

Since I began writing for the local paper, I have had a few moments of feeling like a very minor local celebrity, and I find it feels strange. I feel a little exposed, although certainly I’ve chosen the extent to which I am exposed, just as is the case here. I guess I’m surprised people take an interest.

4. If you were given a 2 year sabbatical ( oh the dream of
it) to create something would it be music, literature,
art…..something completely different…share your dream with us…

I suppose I’ve always thought in terms of writing a book, although what sort of book it would be has changed over the years. If I had two years to really work at writing, I suspect I might start with one idea in mind and find it would change dramatically.

5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you.

Although I’ve been in plays at different times in my life, I don’t think I ever really did anything you could call acting. I would love to be better at shedding my own skin and inhabiting a character. I think the trouble may be a need to have a clearer sense of what lies under my skin, who I really am, in order to set it aside. I can say words and remember where to move on a stage, but I never had the kind of controlled abandon that marks really good acting for me.

Bonus question: Back to the church- what does every member ministry mean to you? Is it truly possible to encourage/ implement?

I wonder if it is possible in existing churches? Or is it just a fantasy to think that by forming new structures we could really call on people to live differently than most people do? The new church start pastored by a friend here made a personal ministry one of its membership requirements. I like that. It says we expect more than money and showing up on Sunday. How realistic it is in practice it will take time to see.

15 thoughts on “Friday 5, Gifts and Talents”

  1. Great play as usual Songbird- I for one would love to read your book… and those thoughts on acting are interesting and challenging!

  2. Loved your play! I’d also love to hear more about the New Church. I too question if we can get exisiting churches to be as open to change and the spirit as NCD’s seem to be. Although at one time all our existing ones were NCDs.

  3. Well played! I always thought it’d be fun to chat with Johnny. Or Dick Cavett. Now I’d have to go with Bill Moyers 🙂
    My boy will be up in your neck of the woods this week. Hanging out with the family-in-law near Augusta. Well, at least more in your woods than us here at home 🙂

  4. Great play. We have a number of hidden authors on RevGals! I understand the “feeling exposed” thang, too.

  5. Every member takes a looong time to get going and lots of due-dilegence on behalf of the leadership before it takes hold. Which is probably why it works better in new places than existing. But I am having some moderate success. or at least I think I am. Or, as one parishioner said to me, “When you’re starving even a nibble feels like a meal..” lol.
    Good play, as usual!

  6. The common theme I keep hearing about “every member” ministry is patience, diligence, endurance. Wonder if our penchant for relatively short tenures for our pastors–and our tendancy to hold long pastorates suspect–has an effect? If nothing else, I have to struggle not to lose hope, to keep allowing myself to say, “yes it is possible, if difficult.” Thought provoking questions–thank you!

  7. I also used to imagine being on the Tonight Show. Being interviewed by Johnny Carson!!
    As to the acting, I’d guess that you would really enjoy improvisation workshops. They are truly freeing experiences. Even if you never tread the boards. It truly increases the comfort level of everything under your skin.
    And I have the same question as you with the every member ministry…

  8. ooh yes… improv games at the big event! i’m all for that! i know a (guy!) Methodist pastor who now works at Austin Seminary who could probably help us with this if we’re interested… though there are probably women in our own circle who could probably facilitate that.

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