Taking these tests have certainly helped me to gain some understanding in my life about situations. I have many areas in life on which I need to work but I am glad I do have strong areas from which to build. Two action items I will be pursuing is the betterment of myself and bettering my small group ministry.
Personally I need to work on loosing myself. I need to lose my arrogance, my desire, and closed-off stances. I need to learn better to submit to the authority that God places over me and work harder to enjoy these situations. I know that I can be hard to work with and hard to work for but I look forward to becoming a better person. My desires to have attention focused on me and to do the things I want to do need to be turned down. I Read more [...]
The Men’s Character Audit was interesting. I scored a 31. This shows that I have good character but still have areas to work on. I did not find out anything new but it is good to be shown areas that I know that need work, still need work.
I found that I am not very hospitable. I was surprised at this one. I honestly have never really considered how my house might fit into use as a ministry device. Yes I know it all belongs to God but this thought had not crossed my mind. I need to work on this. I don’t know what I will change but I know that I personally need to be more of a welcoming person.
The next area that showed strong need of improvement of being ‘strong-willed’. I know that I am headstrong. I need to continue to learn Read more [...]
The Passion Audit on page 193 was another good one. It helps you focus on what is exciting in ministry to you and provides some ideas to help you develop a focus.
For me, my passion is working with small groups and teaching. Over the last year I have been slowly moved into the leadership position of the small groups at my church. We are in a transition out of our existing building and I know that small groups will be the key to holding the congregation together as we pursue different areas of ministry. I have helped to get new groups going and have coordinated their needs.
Another area (though related) is teaching. I want my small group leaders to be good teachers therefore it is necessary that I be a good teacher. I try to set a good Read more [...]
I had a huge problem with this audit. I did not feel it was useful. Read on:
The natural Gifts Indicator was a waste of time. There are far better tools to use other than “oh just pick some stuff you like”. I learned nothing from this test. I feel that a more comprehensive look at skills would have been more useful. This test appears to be used for someone that has a lot of life experiences and would not be useful for someone that is just trying to pick their profession.
I picked skills that go along with the ones I already possess. There is nothing to suggest further skills someone might need. Again, I showed strong leaning to leadership skills and positions. Teaching again was strong.
I honestly don’t know what Read more [...]
I took the Spiritual Gift Inventory on page 184. The results were consistent with other spiritual inventories I have taken. I didn’t have any surprises in this one. My five major gifts are administration, leadership, pastor, teacher, and apostleship.
I have long known that I am good at administration. I have been raised to do this. My family has run a business all my life. I learned to answer the phone “Hello T & L Signs” not “Hello, Triplett residence”. I was put to work doing different jobs in the family business at an early age. Today I run the office for the family.
I have been developing leadership skills since I was young as well. I held different leadership positions in Scouting. I had responsibilities in church Read more [...]
Appendix E calls for us to examine our credibility. In this audit I scored a 16. This means that I have strong credibility. I didn’t think I would have problems with this section but I found two areas of concern neither of which are entirely under my control but relevant none-the-less and need consideration. Overall I did well on credibility, I expected this because I try very hard to be authentic in my leadership; what you see is what you get.
The first area of concern is the question of time in the leadership position. I have been working on being the small group leader for about a year. My work focus has increased over this time and is starting to show results. I know that our small groups are growing and that we are doing a better Read more [...]
Appendix D asks us to measure our Servant Leadership. I took this test with some trepidation. I know that I am not always the best servant because I have a hard edge to my relationships. I expect many things and when working on projects I can have a tendency to ‘bowl over’ those I work with. Taking this audit I scored a 29 which makes me a strong servant leader. I was honestly surprised I expected to have much more work to do to be considered such. I know that I have much work to do though and that was reflected in the audit.
The area that I showed the most need is in making myself available to others. This doesn’t surprise me because most of the time I prefer to be left alone. I feel bothered to have to care about others. It is Read more [...]
Using Malphurs’ Christian Leader Audit I scored a 10. This makes me a strong Cristian leader. I found this audit to be interesting and clear. There is a purpose behind it of having you remove gray areas from your life but in this I feel the audit fails. The choices for the first three should be yes or no responses you can’t have any middle ground for them. For example, you either are saved or you are not; you follow the Holy Spirit or you don’t; you see the Bible as Truth or you do not there is no middle ground with these.
I did find the audit useful for the last four questions. I work hard at having a godly character. I know what it is like to be slandered and know that maintaining a godly character helps to fend off critics that Read more [...]
For my leadership 510 class at Liberty I have had to take different skill and character audit tests.
I will be breaking the paper up into seven posts, one per day. Here is the first.
I think that personal audit testing is an important process that can be used to help someone better understand themselves. Self-analysis can be a very hard process. Using prepared tests give and area to focus on and applies the depth need to get to real answers.
In this paper I will take the following audits and tests:
Character Audit for men
I hope to gain personal insight for growth. I hope to find areas that I can improve spiritually. I also Read more [...]
Why do you think it is so hard for people to trust others (in particular, leaders)? Under the best circumstances, how long does it take for people to trust new leaders? What are the variables that you have seen from your own experience that may make this time shorter or longer?
I think that it is hard for people to trust leaders because they have seen so many leaders fail at leadership and have seen the chaos that come from failed leadership. We all have heard or experienced splits in the local church. These splits have many causes but the key thing to be remembered is that a failure in leadership of a failure to submit to leadership is always the cause of these splits. We look to leaders to be above the petty things that most people Read more [...]