Thursday, October 27, 2011

What is Your Church's Personality?

Over the last 5 years I have focused on one aspect of the Meyers-Briggs Inventory - introversion - but there are obviously many different categories the MBTI employs to evaluate a person's personality. If we spend too much time focusing on just one or two letters, we can miss the forest for the (introverted) trees. I continue to find the MBTI to be a very helpful resource in describing what people are like, what tendencies they have, and what ways they can stretch. Admittedly, sometimes we can get carried away with personality categorization and reduce people to a few capital letters, and we need to remind ourselves that human beings are infinitely complex and only truly comprehended as beings made in the image of God.

That said, I also enjoy trying to diagnose the personality of a group or body. That raises today's question: What is the personality type of your church?

Of course this will require some generalizing and speculation, and it would be interesting to have several people from the same church diagnose the personality type of the congregation.

In addition to answering the first question, I wonder if some of you could also mention how you arrived at your conclusion? Did you base it on the personality of the senior pastor? How much of a role do you think the leadership of a church has in shaping the personality of the church, or drawing people that already share the leaders' personality traits? 

And last, how much of a role does the personality of a congregation (or a person's perception of that congregation) play in a person's decision to attend?