I had breakfast a couple of weeks ago with a guy who is becoming my friend. We both commented on the fact that we have gifts/passions of networking. We love to network, and many times do if for the kingdom. That makes it even more exciting. I think the twitter idea is a place many of us with networking gifts love to go. It’s like an alcohohic having a hard time passing a bar. We networkers have a hard time staying away from twitter.
But back to the original question. Is networking a spiritual gift? Here are my thoughts. I would say probably no. However what I would say is that networking is part of a spiritual gift. Those of us who have the spiritual gift of apostleship are natural networkers. Why? Well the mark of an apostleship gift is one who starts new ministries/churches and who is comfortable in cross-cultural settings. What better skill than networking does someone need in those endeavors? Starting new things/ministries at its core has a networking component. We look for people who have certain gifts and abilities to help start a ministry. We can’t be bashful when it comes to talking to people about our vision and dreams of starting new things.
We feel comfortable in cross-cultural settings. Today I was at our local mall. I was standing next to a man at a cell phone kiosk. Since he did not have an American accent I asked him where he was from originally. He replied that he was from Egypt. So I tried out the few Arabic words I know on him. You should have seen this man smile! It was like feeding my fire of networking. We had a great discussion. It was a natural thing for me to do. I loved it.
So, although networking is not a spiritual gift it is without a doubt necessary for those of us that have apostolic gifts. In fact it’s wrapped up in that gift.
Just in case you want to network with me on twitter my handle there is @davebaldwin!
See you around!