The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is a church planting organization that the Austin Stone is closely tied with. They mobilize and equip churches to plant new churches, and support church planters and other missionaries. One way they start the process of assessing a potential church planter is through a formal assessment process.
We are going through that process this month as part of the pastoral and church planting residency. I’m personally not looking to go and plant a church myself, but this assessment is still helpful in identifying areas of growth that I need to focus on.
Areas that were Affirmed
Mostly this was areas of gifting and personality strengths. There’s been a lot of time for self inspection this year, and much of what was shown in the test results has been apparent already. I’d say the biggest area of affirmation was in the realm of faithfulness, that for the most part, I’m really faithful to do what I say I will do, and do it well. In fact, I took this assessment better than anyone else! Just kidding. I was encouraged that my personality and skill set also relates well to entrepreneurial leadership.
Areas I Became More Aware Of
Lastly, it seemed that overall my leadership skill has much room for growth, mostly in the area of confidence. There’s nothing like ministry to expose your weakness and tempt you to doubt your ability or call to lead, and that has been getting at me over the last year and a half or so. I’m convicted of and encouraged to lean more into God and trust him that he will supply me with what I need to lead in spite of my weakness.
Below is a more detailed summary of my results, and my response to what they showed.
Initial ScreeningInitial Screening Assessment
Part of the initial screen showed that my personal evangelism level was really low. I was convicted by that. There’s a big part of me that wants to be more evangelistic, and this is pushing me to be more aware of how much I need to grow in that area. The ministry experience aspect seemed really low as compared to the variety of things I’ve been able to do in ministry, but I’m not concerned much with that statistic; I know I’m young and growing in experience.
Am I a robot? Hmm… All signs seem to point to yes for my personality profile. Phrases like, values logic and scientific principles in decision making, critical, skeptical, tough-minded style, decisions based on logical analysis, etc., make me wonder.
But really, I don’t think I’m truly a robot. There are however some things in this profile that make a lot of sense about how I process things and function. For example, one indicator it listed about me was, “Likes to plan, design, and implement models, systems, and efficient, long-range strategies.” That’s spot on. Most of my personality profile went along this course of direction.
- Likes to plan, design, and implement models, systems, and efficient, long-range strategies.
- Would rather not attend too many meetings, and needs plenty of private time for introspection.
- Finds the ambiguous exciting and enjoys striving for clarity.
- Avoids environments governed by bureaucracy, protocol, and paperwork.
- Enjoys working with other self-reliant individuals and requires autonomy.
- Likes structure and order.
Preferred Learning Style
- Is a passionate, independent, and resourceful learner who is bored by routine.
- Enjoys the time and liberty to become totally absorbed in a topic of interest.
Learns by developing and organizing models that explain how something works.
Values being challenged, particularly by instructors or facilitators he or she respects.
Questions to Consider
- In your current work, when are you most motivated? Least motivated?
- How do you learn best?
Portrait PredictorPortrait Predictor
Honestly, I didn’t like my first look at this portrait predictor. Seeing the cool blue of the support role doesn’t bode well with the part of me that wants to be inspiring, assertive, persuasive, and correct. That’s because those are things that aren’t as strong in me that I wish were stronger. For someone who wants to lead – and struggles with pride in that – seeing yourself as strongest in support just doesn’t match up.
However… the kicker is that God has given every person in the church certain gift(s), personality traits, character flaws, and weaknesses, and part of trusting the Lord is trusting that he’s made you in a way that will best serve the kingdom. Personality tests aren’t perfect, and they can’t truly tell me exactly who I am, but I do think they are a helpful tool. So seeing myself as falling more in the support role has to be an act of seeing myself in light of how God has made me.
Some things that stuck out from this profile were:
- Maintains a dependable position through zeal and reliability
- Does whatever needs to be done without openly resisting
- Solid keeper of the plan, attentively executing every aspect
- A loyal follower of respected leaders and associates
- Excellent with details, cost controls, and adhering to the system
Areas of growth for this personality type are:
- Try not to prejudge without getting to really know others
- More openly state concerns rather than keeping them to yourself
- Take criticism as an opportunity to grow rather than as a failure
Spiritual GiftsView my Spiritual Gifts Profile
This profile focused on trying to pinpoint your spiritual gifts through a series of questions. Here are my top five, and a description about them.
The divine enablement to understand what makes an organization function, and the special ability to plan and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry. People with this gift: develop strategies or plans to reach identified goals; assist ministries to become more effective and efficient; create order out of organizational chaos; manage or coordinate a variety of responsibilities to accomplish a task; organize people, tasks, or events.
The divine enablement to creatively design and/or construct items to be used for ministry. People with this gift: work with wood, cloth, paints, metal, glass, and other raw materials; make things which increase the effectiveness of others’ ministries; enjoy serving with their hands to meet tangible needs; design and build tangible items and resources for ministry use; work with different kinds of tools and are skilled with their hands.
The divine enablement to accomplish practical and necessary tasks which free up, support, and meet the needs of others. People with this gift: serve behind the scenes whenever needed to support the gifts and ministries of others; see the tangible and practical things to be done and enjoy doing them; sense God’s purpose and pleasure in meeting every day responsibilities; attach spiritual value to practical service; enjoy knowing that they are freeing up others to do what God has called them to do.
The divine enablement to understand, clearly explain, and apply the word of God causing greater Christ-likeness in the lives of listeners. People with this gift: communicate biblical truth that inspires greater obedience to the word; challenge listeners simply and practically with the truths of scripture; present the whole counsel of God for maximum life change; give attention to detail and accuracy; prepare through extended times of study and reflection.
The divine enablement to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill His purposes. People with this gift: believe the promises of God and inspire others to do the same; act in complete confidence of God’s ability to overcome obstacles; demonstrate an attitude of trust in God’s will and His promises; advance the cause of Christ because they go forward when others will not; ask God for what is needed and trust Him for His provision.
Prepare & Enrich Marriage Assessment
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Church Leader Inventory (CLI) and Church Leader Spouse Inventory (CLSI)
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