Communication in the Christian Church
The Top Gun National Crisis Troubleshooter
As the Apostle Paul pointed out in Ephesians Chapter Four, the church has a diversity of skill packages to accomplish the mission of the church. Paul described these skill packages in terms of the duties of the individuals. Carl Jung, in the 1930s, described these skill packages as Personality Traits. Meyers and Briggs, during WWII, expanded and organized the Jung’s work and created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
The MBTI first put to use in WWII to identify the skill packages of women entering the workforce to replace the men who were called to active military duty and place them in a job position where they would be the most effective. Some commentators think the MBTI won the war.
“The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The original versions of the MBTI, constructed by two Americans, Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. The MBTI, based on the conceptual theory proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who had speculated that people experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. The four categories are Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception. Each person is said to have one preferred quality from each category, producing 16 unique types. The Center for Applications of Psychological Type states that the MBTI is scientifically supported, but most of the research on it is done through its journal, the Journal of Psychological Type, raising questions of bias.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers–Briggs_Type_Indicator]
Application To The Church, A Demonstration
The following demonstration was conducted in a Bible Study Class by one of the up and coming female leaders in the church when she organized two “Brain-Storming Groups” to address the scripture at hand. She formed the groups by counting off in one’s and two’s. The results were that the “Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging (EITJs) dominated the “One’s” Group.” These are the people best suited to a “Brain-Storming Session.” The Extroverts do not know what they are going to say until they say it. The Intuitors will come up with ideas as fast as one can write them down. The Thinkers are all about cognitive athletics. The Judgers will make decisions on the fly. The “One’s Group” demonstrated in this class session the driving force by each individual to come up with new ideas to the subject at hand as they drove each other to come up with ideas on the subject.
On the other hand, the “Two’s Group” consisted predominantly of Introversion, sensation, Feeling, and Perception (ISFPs). Introverts need to think about what they are going to say before they say it. Sensors communicate with their senses, touch, feel, “hands-on-people,” etc. Feelers are people persons, and their focus is on how individuals are affected by the actions of a group. Perceivers understand what others do not understand. All these personality traits take time to evolve; thus, the “Two’s Group” stalled out in the “Brain-Storming” session. The members of the “Two’s Group.” have different skill packages that they can contribute to the church in different functions than “Brain-Storming,” like writing papers, for example.
Communication is the Key to Teamwork
Those of us who received training from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in “Assertiveness Training” and “Negotiating Workable Compromises” learned about Teamwork. My partner and I recently downloaded the seminar on “Assertiveness Training” from [https://www.pryor.com/training-webinars/assertive-communication-skills-for-managers].
I have reviewed this one-hour webinar, and it is packed with information very closely aligned with what LLNL is providing. I understand the present instructor at LLNL is calling this “Green Communications.” I can certainly use a rehabilitation seminar on this subject, and I recommend it to the Church at large. At $99 per download, it is cheap at twice the price. Once downloaded on to the PC, one can share it with the whole family or staff of a church.