As I shared in the first blog, I’ve recently taken a Personality Profile test for ARC (Association of Related Churches), which is a step in the process of planting our church in Columbia, Missouri. I’ve come across some interesting things about the four personality types and the effectiveness and weaknesses of each one. As a church planter, placing volunteers on ministry teams is a huge goal and challenge! Placing the right person in the right area can cause that particular area/team to excel. However placing the wrong personality type in an area of ministry not fit for them can be a detriment to the team, people being served, and the overall ministry.
This is Blog #2 about the four personality types and the pros & cons of each. Also, we will share the areas in each personality category that typically needs growth, correction, and help. Realize that each personality type possesses both great strengths and weaknesses. Our personality type can be very beneficial and yet offensive/drag if not tempered overall by the Spirit of God.
This is from the Personality Profile I recently have taken. These are not my thoughts or opinions. I have highlighted key words that stood out to me though.
Personality Type “I” – Influential, Interested in people, Witty, Easygoing, Outgoing, People oriented
“I”s are inspiring and impressive. Enthusiastic, optimistic, impulsive, and emotional– they tend to be creative problem solvers and excellent encouragers. They often have a large number of friends, but they can become more concerned with approval and popularity than with getting results. An “I’”s greatest fear is rejection, but they thrive when it comes to motivating others. Their positive sense of humor helps them negotiate conflicts. Though they can be inattentive to details and poor listeners, they can be great peacemakers and effective teammates when they control their feelings and minimize their urge to entertain and be the center of attention. They value lot of human touch and connection.
AREAS TO GROW, IMPROVE, & CORRECT
A. Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision; be less impulsive
B. Remember to help with tasks more
C. Exercise control over your actions, words, and emotions
D. Focus more on details and facts
E. Remember to slow down your pace for other people
F. Talk less; listen more