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What is your church’s personality?. Discovering and Developing the Ministry Style of Your Church By Philip D. Douglass. Part one: What is church personality?. Three Elements of Church personality?. Church Personality. Philosophy of Ministry. Theological Convictions. Community Context.

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what is your church s personality

What is your church’s personality?

Discovering and Developing the Ministry Style of Your Church

By Philip D. Douglass

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Three Elements of Church personality?

Church Personality

Philosophy

of

Ministry

Theological Convictions

Community Context

expressions of church personality
Expressions of Church Personality
  • Concrete
  • Subconscious and intangible
  • Works quietly behind the scenes like the operating system on a computer
  • Nonverbal communication
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PRACTICAL

Adventurous

Expressive

Fellowship

Organizer

CONNECTIONAL

ANALYTICAL

Inspirational

Strategizer

Relational

Entrepreneurial

INNOVATIVE

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Relationship Among Debatable Matters, Doctrinal Distinctives and Core Convictions

Debatable Matters

Doctrinal Distinctives

Core Convictions

Gal. 1:9

Romans 14:5

1 Cor. 10:23-30

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Tolerance vs. Intolerance of “Debatable Matters”

Church focused upon freedom of expression, spontaneity, flexibility, creativity, and acting quickly in a crisis.

Church focused upon responsibility, tradition, maintaining order, attention to details, and subordination to authority.

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Intolerance of church personality differences

Tolerance of church

Personality differences.

building blocks of church personality
Building Blocks of Church Personality
  • Information-gathering
    • Personal observation vs. intuition
  • Decision-making
    • Objective Analysis vs. Based on values
  • Lifestyle
    • Planed and structured vs. casual and informal
information gathering
Information-Gathering

PRACTICAL

  • Pay attention to facts, details and current reality
  • INNOVATIVE
  • Preference for working with information on the basis of its meaningfulness, originality, and future possibilities
decision making
Decision-making

ANALYTICAL

  • Deal with information on the basis of its structure and function

CONNECTIONAL

  • Interact with information on the basis of its dynamism and potential for enhancing relationships
life style
Life-style

STRUCTURED

  • Motivated into action proactively on the basis of planning

FLEXIBLE

  • Motivated into action through responding to changes in events
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FLEXIBLE

Adventurous

Expressive

Fellowship

Organizer

STRUCTURED

STRUCTURED

Inspirational

Strategizer

Relational

Entrepreneurial

FLEXIBLE