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Let’s take a closer look at the charism of service, a gift that empowers individuals to recognize and meet the needs of their community, organization, or situation.

The Essence of Service


Service, as a charism, goes beyond simply helping others. It is about identifying the gaps and taking the necessary steps to bridge them. Interestingly, individuals with this charism are not always extroverted. Instead, they often display a certain level of introversion, quietly stepping in to fulfill needs without drawing attention to themselves.

Service in Action


Within the church, people with the charism of service are often found in maintenance or support roles. Their willingness to teach themselves diverse tasks to meet the church’s needs is commendable. These individuals do not require lengthy decision-making processes; they simply see a need and fill it.

The Prevalence of the Service Charism


The charism of service is a frequently given gift. It plays a vital role in the church by driving progress and ensuring that tasks are completed effectively and efficiently. However, it is essential to address a trend often seen among individuals with this charism – undervaluing themselves.

The Pitfalls of Undervaluing Service


People with the service charism often struggle to recognize the importance of their gift. Whether feeling like they are not doing enough or believing that anyone could fulfill the same role, these individuals may undermine their own contributions. This is where the devil seeks to corrupt their mindset and distort the purpose behind their gift.

Embracing Service as a Charism


Recognizing and accepting the service charism empowers individuals to embrace their role wholeheartedly. It allows them to focus on the task at hand, trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide them to the right actions. It eliminates the constant worry of not doing enough, as they understand that fulfilling the immediate need before them is their calling.

Living in Clarity and Identity


Operating from a place of clarity about their identity and purpose, individuals with the service charism are called to live a lifestyle aligned with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. By embodying peace, joy, and accessing the rest that God offers, they create fertile ground for their charisms to flourish.


The charism of service is a gift that facilitates the unity and progress of the Church. By recognizing the significance of this charism and embracing it as an inherent part of their identity, individuals with this gift can bridge gaps, serve their communities, and fulfill their purpose in building the body of Christ. If you’re interested in learning more about your charisms or starting your discernment journey, visit manypartsministries.com for resources and assessments to aid you on your path.

Remember, every charism is a unique expression of the Holy Spirit within us, and together, they allow us to serve and uplift the Church as one body.

Jill Simons:

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 are 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.

Jill Simons:

This episode is gonna be all about the charism of Service. This is one of the ones that I think people most clearly inherently understand. Service a charism about empowering an individual to see the needs in a community or an organization or a situation and do what is necessary to bridge the gap and support whatever is going on. So kind of the thing with Service is that you do this wherever you are. You notice the gaps, whether it’s your gap to fill necessarily or not. So this isn’t typically people with the Service charism are not necessarily extraordinarily extroverted people. They could be, but a lot of times there’s a certain level of introvert. At least I’ve seen that trend among people with a service charism where their preferred mode of operation is going to be to see something, recognize what needs to happen, step in, and just kind of take care of it, and not make a big deal. Not have a lot of conversations about it, not a big committee action, just do what needs to be done. Typically, there is someone on, like, the maintenance or maintaining staff at a parish who is just like the epitome of this, who, it’s just they, you know, they teach themselves to do all different kinds of functions because they see that it needs to happen and they’re ready to just do it. They’re ready to step in and fill the gaps. They don’t wanna have, like, a huge decision making process about should we do it and how should we do it. They see that they can fill the need, and so they do. And so, obviously, this is this is one of the more common charisms. I’m gonna say a lot of people have been given this because this is really a large part of the heavy lifting in the Church of really getting things done, moving things forward. And having people with a Service charism is really valuable. That charism is really important because a lot of times people who fall into that kind of category, maybe more introverted, very service-oriented, have a tendency as a group, not every single individual, but have a tendency as a group to undervalue themselves. This is a trend I’ve seen over and over in again, where people who have this are one of the most likely groups of individuals to really undervalue the charism to whether it’s they feel like they’re not doing enough, and so they can’t really claim the title yet, or they think, you know, well, anyone could do that. It’s not really big of a deal. Both of these pitfalls are ways that the devil tries and really get in there to kind of corrupt what’s going on, not by getting them to not serve, because they are so oriented towards it. It typically can’t, but but keeping that narrative centered around, like, really earning your identity or your purpose or or being good enough by doing enough, which is kind of an ever-moving target that you never are going to achieve. That is distracted and keep their focus off of just doing the thing that the Holy Spirit has placed in front of them to be done. So when you have someone really recognize this as a charism and accept it as a charism that you have, then there’s this freedom to just do the thing in front of you and not really worry about it, not worry about doing you know, the right thing at the right time, just trusting that the Holy Spirit’s gonna put the right thing in front of you. Not worrying about not doing enough because you know, if you do the thing that’s in front of you, that’s really what you’re being called to do and also working in general from a place of clarity about your identity and the fact that you do are called to a lifestyle of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Living in peace, living in joy, being able to access the rest that God has for all of us in that Sabbath rest that is enshrined in the 10 Commandments, even the importance of that. And when we live from that place, no matter what your charisms are, that’s going to create really fertile ground for your charisms to be effective. But that’s something that I see as a very specific stumbling block for people in general with that Service charism.

Jill Simons:

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 to all 24 charisms and also begin your own journey by taking our charism assessment.