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.
8/9/2014 06:26:26 am
Hi Brett! The photoshop work you did on the Armor of God piece is awesome and I'd like to use it on our church's website. Thought I've seen it used on other websites, I thought I'd ask permission. Is it okay? I usually purchase images from royalty-free websites like iStockPhoto, Fotolia, or Shutterfly - but could not find your image.
8/10/2014 11:07:17 pm
Absolutely Marilyn, but thanks for asking! I'm impressed by your research to track it down. Send me the link when you're done. I'd like to see how you incorporate it.
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