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Let’s explore the often overlooked yet vital charism of administration.

Understanding the Charism of Administration


Firstly, administration, in the context of charisms, goes beyond mere organization and planning. It’s the ability to empower individuals to undertake and accomplish projects and goals in a way that exceeds learned abilities. This charism enables effective and efficient planning and execution with clarity and specificity.

Recognizing Natural vs. Supernatural Abilities


However, discerning the distinction between natural administrative skills and the supernatural ability of the charism of administration can be challenging. Many people possess natural administrative skills, causing us to undervalue the powerful charism that can accompany it. However, it is crucial to understand that even if administration can potentially develop into a charism in the future.

Called to Build the Church


When we bring our administration skills intentionally to the Holy Spirit, it creates a fertile ground for grace to flow. The Holy Spirit, in His infinite wisdom, can utilize and multiply everything we offer Him. Furthermore, don’t underestimate the power of our abilities and how they contribute to building the Church in unique ways.

Beyond Supernatural Historical Evidence


Also, charisms do not necessarily require supernatural historical evidence. We must trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance and say yes to opportunities for planning and executing charisms. Especially if they may not have been witnessed in the past. Our willingness to step out in faith can lead to remarkable results. This is true of administration.

Discovering Your Administration Charism


If you feel a pull towards administration and believe it may be a charism within you, explore it further. Take on tasks that push the limits of your basic administration skills. Trust the discernment process and allow the confirmation of the Holy Spirit to guide you.


Whether your administration skills are currently recognized as a charism or not, say yes to opportunities that challenge your abilities. Keep an open mind towards where the Holy Spirit may be leading you.

To begin your discernment journey, visit our website where you can find a free PDF guide. You can also take a charism assessment. Let’s unleash the power of administration for the greater glory of God and the growth of His Church.

Learn more at Many Parts Ministries.

Jill Simons [00:00:00]:

Hello and welcome to Charisms for Catholics. My name is Jill Simons and I’m the executive director at Many Parts Ministries where we equip the Body of Christ by helping people learn about and discern their charisms, which is really another word for spiritual gifts. When you discern your charisms, you’re able to see how the Holy Spirit is already active in your life and where he is inviting you to further build the church. Let’s dive in. Hello. I am so excited to be kicking off talking about each of the individual charisms with our conversation about administration. So to jump right in, administration as a charism is about empowering an individual to be able to undertake and accomplish planning, execution of projects and goals in a way that’s going to exceed what you simply would have learned how to do.

Jill Simons [00:00:57]:

So you could teach someone how to plan a trip or plan an event and they would be able to do it functionally. But what we are looking for in a charism of administration is where that is kind of taken to the next level. Where there’s an ability to be able to really see what needs to happen and to break down what needs to happen with greater clarity and specificity than you would see in someone who does not have this charism. This is a really strong example of a charism that people struggle to discern, whether it’s a talent or a charism, because a lot of people will be like, I don’t know if I have a supernatural ability to administrate. I know I can do this, I can break things down and plan and execute, but I don’t know if I would call it supernatural. And so sometimes that leads to not really seeing or valuing a charism of administration when it really is there. And I think that this is due to the fact that in its essence, this is going to be something that happens anyway. This is going to be something that lots of people do without a charism. And so that it’s easy for us to kind of chalk that up to just natural ability.

Jill Simons [00:02:29]:

So what I always encourage people who are discerning this charism to think about is not necessarily in the past has your administration ability been used supernaturally, but can you see that happening in the future? And can you be open to the Holy Spirit showing that to you. And really having that be the bulk of the discernment is opening yourself up to the future possibility of there being a supernatural fruit of using your charism of administration. And then using that to really judge whether that charism is there or not. Essentially, we want to test this one with things that are going to push the limits of what we have the basic skill to do as an administrator, whether that’s taking on something larger than we have before. So we don’t have the learned skills to run something like this. We will be relying in a more intense way on the Holy Spirit. Or in using these gifts that you’ve been given to come alongside other people’s charisms and help collaborate on something supernatural happening. Great example of this would be I’m currently on the board of directors for bringing a women’s conference to my city and having someone with an administration charism could look like having them step into a role that maybe they know that they have the basic skills to do, but they’ve never done it on this kind of large scale before. And then you’re able to look back then on the process of launching this women’s conference and say was there a real Holy Spirit anointing on what I did in this as an administrator or did most of it seem like I was acting out of my own natural abilities? What do you do with this information once you have it? Well, if you discern that you do have an administration charism that’s again concrete information about the fact that that is how you’re being invited to build the Church. If you do not discern that that is one of your specific charisms, you still have a natural inclination towards those aptitudes that make it fertile ground for you to potentially receive that as a charism in the future. And so I really encourage people, even if you feel like you don’t have the evidence of supernatural fruit in that,

Jill Simons [00:05:22]:

but you do have the personal inclination towards administration to keep submitting that, to keep bringing that to the Church and to the Holy Spirit. Because anything that we bring to him, he’s not going to be like, eh, no, I don’t want to use that. I don’t think that that’s worth my time. He’s going to use everything we bring to him. And so when we have that frame of mind of bringing those things to the Lord, whether we are at the point of knowing it’s a charism or still discerning or maybe even discerning that it’s not a charism when we’re bringing that intentionally to the Holy Spirit, it becomes a really fertile place for us to receive grace, making it a possible grounds for a charism in the future, if you discern that it’s not right now. So all of that said, a lot of times my administration people are my people that are very scrupulous about whether or not it is formally a charism. And so if you are going through this process with anyone, if you are walking with people through their own discernment, just kind of watch for that.

Jill Simons [00:06:30]:

That’s common of the people with the nature that is geared towards this and just encourage them that this can look a lot of different ways. And not having supernatural historical evidence is not something that makes it a good choice to just close the door to this being a charism right off the bat. It’s important to keep the door open and see what the Lord wants to do and really say yes to those opportunities to be able to plan and execute things, especially in symphony with other people’s charisms that they have discerned, and see what happens. If you have other questions about administration, please send us an email at hello@manypartsministries.com or leave us a comment on any of our social channels. We would love to go more in depth on whatever part you still have a question about. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week. Thanks so much for joining us on today’s episode of Charisms for Catholics. If you would like to learn more about your charisms or begin your own discernment journey, head to our website at manypartsministries.com where you can download our free PDF guide to all 24 charisms and also begin your own journey by taking our Charism assessment.

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