Offices

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given  for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the  expression of wisdom; to another the expression of  knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by  the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit;  to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another  discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to  another interpretation of tongues. But one and the same  Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to  each person as he wishes. As a body is one though it has  many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are  one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all  baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or  free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.   Now the body is not a single part, but many.

 1 Corinthians 12: 7-14 (The New American Bible) 

  The interdependence of the members of the Body of Christ and the  communion to which we are called require that relationships be built on  mutual trust.  The dictionary defines trust as assured reliance on the  character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something and, secondly,  one in whom confidence is placed.  Mutual trust is an essential element of  parish life. 

  Defining trust is easy, establishing trust within a group takes time and  commitment.  Trust within a working group requires that individuals be both  trusting and trustworthy.  Once trust is established in a group, it is important that the members behave in ways that will maintain and increase it.

  The trust level within working groups is not a stable element, it will vary  and change.  Each interaction increases or decreases the level within the  group.  As members take risks to ask sincere questions and these questions  are received with openness and acceptance, the level of trust within the  group rises. 

  The higher the level of trust among members the more effectively they can  work together.  When members of a group believe that the shared goal is  more important to everyone involved than individual goals, the level of trust  increases, the quality of their interaction is improved and the probability of  achieving goals is raised. 

Some Ways to Increase the Level of Trust in Your Parish Group
  • Agree to confidentiality: what is said in the meeting stays in the meeting 
  • Practice empathetic listening: listen not just to the word but to their meaning for the person speaking them 
  • Critique ideas, not individuals 
  • Appreciate the perspective of others 
  • Assist others to listen 
  • Be willing to take risks and support others who do the same