Gallup research also indicated that people are more likely to be engaged in their parish when they “feel that they are doing what they do best.” Saint Clement’s Strengths for the Journey is a program consisting of four sessions in which individuals are given the opportunity to discover, explore and better understand their unique God-given gifts. Using the Clifton StrengthsFinder 1.0 Assessment ™ and the book Living Your Strengths: the Catholic Edition (Gallup Press), participants identify their themes of talent, and reflect on how they can better use that strength to enhance every part of their life. Special emphasis is given to using one’s unique gifts to understand and become the person God created each of us to be. The program uses a small group format and has four sessions in the month of March twice a week, on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings to accommodate schedules. Meeting dates are:
- Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:145 a.m.
Trained Saint Clement facilitators guide small groups of 8-12 people through four 90-minute sessions. Each session builds on the previous one, so participants are asked to commit to attending all four sessions in order to get the most from the experience:
- Week 1 ---- A New Beginning: Appreciating Our Individualism
- Week 2 ---- Gifted in Christ: Celebrating Our Best Selves
- Week 3 ---- Humility and Discipleship: The Stewardship Journey
- Week 4 ---- Partners in Faith and Action: Sharing our Strengths
As a supplement to Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community (p. 155-222), we have compiled this document with some examples of opportunities for using your talents in the parish, based on the strengths you discover through the Clifton StrengthsFinder 1.0 Assessment™ (also part of the Strengths for the Journey program).