Have the ability to call forth the best in others

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have the ability to call forth the best in others through encouragement and motivation. Selig and Arroyo contrast teaching and exhortation by saying [w]hile the gift of teaching is like planting seeds, the gift of exhortation is like watering those seeds. Tooman describes an exhorter as a person who is very personal, often charming. Exhorters act as a coach or mentor. They aspire to
Be a Leader for God s Sake 173 mold, shape, and motivate others. They possess a keen ability to see potential. Exhorters often provide a step-by- step process to those they encourage, so that those encouraged may reach the objective. Encouragers demonstrate a knack for determining exactly where a person is faltering. Exhorters are sociable and invigorated by personal interaction. They seek the rewards of warm relationships. Tooman finally adds a description of exhorters as positive and optimistic, tending to look forward to the future. Giving Tooman (1988) describes givers as people with a special talent for making and utilizing money. A person with this gift has a special visionary talent. Givers easily envision the results of their endeavors and possess a knack for making worthwhile investments. They are very frugal, often living below their income. Givers usually detect needs that others overlook. And they enjoy being included on the inner workings of organizations to which they give. My observations are that givers don t need to give their own resources, but are quite good as stewards of other people s money. By this I mean you would find that someone with the gift of giving would perform very well in a philanthropic organization. Less dramatic, but equally important, you would find someone with the gift of giving working in budget allocation or supplies-disbursement. In either of these roles you would find givers making sure that people have the resources needed to do the job they are called to do. The key here is to see that givers focus on resources while servers focus on providing labor.
Be a Leader for God s Sake 174 Ruling The gift of rulership is the God-given ability to set goals in accordance with God s purpose for the future and to communicate those goals to others in a way that they harmoniously work together for the glory of God. The Greek word for leadership is proistemi , which means to stand over or place over, and is translated rule. Many authors confuse this gift with leadership or with the reference to administration in 1 Corinthians 12. A careful read of 1 Corinthians 12 will show that administration is not a gift, but rather a place to apply the 1 Corinthians 12 gifts. The Greek that we translate into administration is closely aligned with “governance.” The focus on rulership here is on those in authority who carry out their duties quickly and with diligence (as the Greek is fully translated) DellaVecchio s research, supported by my observations, indicates that rulers have the ability to get the big picture, to see the plans necessary to accomplish

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