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What's Your Ministry Style?

This year we're focusing on spiritual gifts. Our goal is to get as many people to discover their spiritual gifts as possible through the Gifted to Serve Discovery and class! We believe that when you discover your giftedness, you are empowered and overjoyed to serve God's kingdom. Our next class is on February 10 at 9:30 or 11 am and you can sign up now. But discovering your giftedness isn't just about your spiritual gift, it's also about your ministry style. 

So let's focus a little on ministry styles today. If your spiritual gift is what God has given you, then your ministry style is how you use it. Just because two people have the same spiritual gift, that doesn't mean they'll use their gift the same way. There are four ministry styles we identify at Trietsch: Thinkers, Directors, Pleasers, and Dreamers. All four are needed to make ministry work! Take a look at the descriptions of each ministry style and think about where you might fall. As you read through these descriptions, you might think you don't align with every point in a category or that you might align with points in multiple categories. That's okay! It's not an exact science. Just read through the lists and think about which ministry style sounds most like the way you enjoy serving.

Thinker Director

 

  • Laid-back
  • Deliberate
  • Logical
  • Values facts, figures, data
  • Quiet
  • Likes to examine multiple options/angles
  • Enjoys argument/debate
  • Cautious
  • Needs time for decisions/judgments
  • Exacting
  • Focused on end results
  • Hides feelings
  • Highly organized
  • Withholds opinions
  • Task oriented
  • Slow to decide
  • Sticks to schedules/outlines/plans
  • Good at planning

 

 

  • Task-oriented
  • Decisive
  • Energetic
  • Focused on results
  • Time-conscious
  • Risk-taking
  • Has considerable self-confidence
  • Acts quickly
  • Highly organized
  • Hates to waste time
  • Expects concurrence
  • Values reason
  • Gets down to business quickly
  • Agenda/Calendar-bound
  • Wants fast answers/response
  • Uses clear, concise language
  • Logical, linear thinker
  • Highly opinionated
Pleaser Dreamer

 

  • People-oriented
  • Diplomatic
  • Very flexible
  • Loves to help
  • Holds agenda secondary to relationships
  • Sensitive
  • Dislikes conflict/confrontation
  • Hard-working
  • Reliable
  • Wants everyone to be happy
  • Makes/keep peace
  • Honest
  • Listens well
  • Acts as problem solver
  • Wants to be liked
  • Slow-paced
  • Likes to chit-chat
  • Loyal
  • Not constrained by clock/calendar

 

  • Outgoing
  • Creative
  • Loves a good time
  • Focused on the big picture
  • People-oriented
  • Seeks lots of eye contact
  • Talkative
  • Expressive/Dramatic
  • Competitive
  • Very sociable
  • Persuasive
  • Uses lots of gestures while speaking
  • Opinionated
  • Doesn’t always keep promises
  • Uses visual images
  • Annoyed by logic
  • Doesn’t know what calendar/clock is for
  • Spontaneous
  • Enthusiastic

 

If we have two people with the gift of teaching, but one is a Director and one is a Pleaser - the way they each serve will be drastically different. The Director might have an in-depth lesson plan based on historical facts with more of a lecture-based style. The Pleaser might want to engage the students more often, leave topics open-ended for group discussion, and choose to act more as a facilitator. Both styles of teaching are helpful and important for building the kingdom!

So give some thought today to how you like to serve and what that might mean for your spiritual gift. If you don't know your spiritual gift yet, take the Gifted to Serve Discovery and join our Gifted to Serve class on February 10.

Contact Denise Robinson at deniser@tmumc.org with any questions.

Posted by Alyssa Shibata at 8:43 AM