I'm a driven self-starter and innovator who loves being a change agent for a wide scope of projects. I rely mostly on intuition and sheer will to accomplish tasks, figuring the facts speak for themselves. Only within the past few years (2007) have I worked to include emotions in my assessments. As a result, I've been nicknamed “Spock” (Star Trek) on more than one occasion. In a way, I was bred for the business world, but called to the ministry.
Being naturally incisive and analytic with a high sense of urgency lends me to be extremely results-oriented, which I've learned can be perceived as opinionated and potentially argumentative. Also, I tend to grow impatient with individuals who don't share a sense of urgency. As a result, I typically gravitate to the role of a spokesperson, and try to ensure that I don't keep others from participating. I'm naturally forward looking, aggressive and competitive, and thus desire to be in a position to set policy to achieve goals. I'm a good problem solver and troubleshooter, so I am comfortable with high pressure and variety. I love strategy and creative solutions to solve old problems.
The most room for growth I see is to show more warmth, cooperation, and tact when appropriate. While I work well on teams, I know that I tend to lose interest if people ramble or don't speak to the point, and as a follower I sometimes have difficulty following people who aren't qualified to lead. I feel like I have a fairly long fuse, but am quickly angered when I feel like I'm being taken advantage of.
I don't seek out conflict, but will confront people who stand in the way of success. I like people, but as an introvert I feel drained after social activities. When my mind is on a task I can seem cold and blunt - I need to take more time to empathize with others. It doesn't help that I abhor inefficiency, and have no qualms about questioning the status-quo or “sacrificing sacred cows.” However, when I'm in a position of authority I respect people and their space, always asking and never dictatorially telling people to do things.
I see my work ethic and logical approach to problems a great asset and potential pit fall within certain church/ministry contexts. My strengths of leadership and creativity will play well into growth and strategy, so long as long-standing traditions are clearly marked. Pastoral counseling is more challenging for me, and serve best as part of a small group or larger team. One-on-one evangelism or Apologetics naturally fit my comfort zone. Ultimately, I love sharing what I've learned in formal and informal teaching settings.
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.