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Hospitality

Hospitality—This gift equips one to enjoy making guests, strangers, and members feel welcome.  An example of leading through hospitality would be greeting visitors, directing them to a class, or inviting them into one’s home (Mt. 25:35).

Spiritual Gifts Passage on Hospitality
"9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9).

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:

- Are friendly and able to interact with people comfortably
-  Like to meet and greet new people and have “never met a stranger”
-  Are willing to open up their home to local and traveling members, visitors, and neighbors, perhaps even for extended amounts of time
-  Enjoy putting together social parties and get togethers
-  Have a strong desire and ability to make strangers and visitors feel welcome.

Application
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood
-  When new co-workers begin with your company, welcome them, eat with them, and help them make friends, know the company culture, and learn their job
-  When neighbors move in, greet them with a care basket, smile, and community and church information
-  Throw neighborhood parties, helping to introduce neighbors to Christians

Application for Church Ministry
-  Serve as a greeter for the church
-  Invite visitors and new members into your home for dinner
-  Serve as a host for small groups
-  Throw parties and open your home for ministry team gatherings, new members, holidays, etc.

Application for Family
-  Attend your spouse's important events and parties, helping him or her make connections
-  Make your home inviting as possible for neighbors and your children's friends, with food, games, warmth, and laughter in constant supply
-  Encourage your children to invite friends over for sleepovers, parties, and Bible studies


Testimony/Example of How People Have Used This Gift:
Becki, married, mother of two children--I remember a time that our congregation rented a theater for the movie ‘Narnia,’ as a community outreach. I was sitting with some friends but as I saw more and more visitors come in, and I just could not stay put. I HAD to go and meet them!  I just felt drawn to them and wanted them to feel welcome and at ease. Once at worship, a family of six came in looking very unsure and nervous. It was obvious to me that they needed someone to show them where to go and what to expect. I introduced myself, took them around to their different classes and asked them about themselves. They later expressed how much that helped their first visit with us be a positive one. I also try to just be friendly and positive in everyday life such as at the grocery store, the library, the community center and with my neighbors.  When people sense that I am open, friendly, and sincere, it opens many doors of opportunity for me to share my life and the good news with others.”

Dr. James Nored, Author, Minister

 

 

 

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