The Four Theme Areas for Faith and Works

 

“But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren?
– James 2:18-20 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)


In our previous blog post we told you that the chances of another person having the same top 5 strengths in the same sequence is about 1 in 33 million. You are unique! September 21st is the feast day of St. Matthew. Matthew was one of the original apostles of Christ. The Gospel of Matthew is centered around promise, fulfillment, the coming of the Messiah, and ultimately becoming disciples of Christ for the glory of the kingdom of heaven. Light of Christ Catholic Schools vision is to inspire students to grow in their faith, achieve academic success, and provide service to all. As we strive to meet this challenge, we recognize that how we think about and analyze information and situations, how we make things happen, how we influence others, and how we build and nurture strong relationships will contribute greatly to our success.

There are 34 strengths identified that fall into four themes:

Strategic Thinking: How do you absorb, think about and analyze information and situations?

These strengths include:

  • Analytical
  • Context
  • Futuristic
  • Ideation
  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Strategic

Executing: How do you make things happen?

These strengths include:

  • Achiever
  • Arranger
  • Belief
  • Consistency
  • Deliberative
  • Discipline
  • Focus
  • Responsibility
  • Restorative

Influencing: How do you influence others?

These strengths include:

  • Activator
  • Command
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Maximizer
  • Self-Assurance
  • Significance
  • Woo

Relationship Building: How do you build and nurture strong relationships?

These strengths include:

  • Adaptability
  • Developer
  • Connectedness
  • Empathy
  • Harmony
  • Includer
  • Individualization
  • Positivity
  • Relator

Throughout the Bible we hear how people were called to serve God because of their talents. Matthew was an unlikely apostle. He was a tax collector for the Romans but when called by Jesus, he willingly followed. Christ specifically sought disciples like us. Each uniquely created with a unique set of talents and gifts. Our strengths, our specific order of strengths, make us unique and help us to become willing servant leaders for our students, colleagues, schools, and community so that our faith is evident in all that we do.

Gifts, Talents, Strengths

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is … Read moreGifts, Talents, Strengths