Understanding Your Personality and Mindset - Lesson 6

Discovering Your Personality for Service

In this lesson, you gain insight into the complex world of personality and mindset, exploring their importance in both personal and professional aspects of life. The lesson delves into various personality theories, such as trait, type, humanistic, psychodynamic, and social cognitive, helping you to better understand the different perspectives on human behavior. As you study the concepts of fixed and growth mindsets, you learn to identify their characteristics and develop strategies for transitioning between them. Additionally, the practical applications of these insights enable you to cultivate a growth mindset, improve communication and relationships, and enhance your professional performance.
Chuck Coker
Understanding Your Personality and Mindset
Lesson 6
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Discovering Your Personality for Service

Lesson: Understanding Personal Strengths and Service Opportunities

I. Recognizing Personal Strengths and Abilities

A. Identifying dominant traits

B. Describing yourself in your own words

II. Finding the Right Service Opportunities

A. Evaluating personal fit for church roles

B. Asking three important questions

III. Assessing Your Personality Type

A. Determining dominance, influence, steadiness, and compliance scores

B. Identifying as extrovert/introvert and thinker/feeler

IV. Reflecting on Past Experiences

A. Listing enjoyed jobs and service opportunities

B. Describing what you liked about them

C. Considering how your strengths can benefit the body of Christ

  • By studying this lesson, you'll learn the foundations of personality and mindset, explore major personality theories, understand the impact of mindset on personality, and apply this knowledge to improve self-awareness, relationships, and career satisfaction.
  • Through this lesson, you'll explore personality theories and mindset concepts, gaining insights on how to develop a growth mindset to positively impact your personality and overall well-being.
  • Through this lesson, you gain insight into personality theories, differentiate fixed and growth mindsets, and learn strategies to develop a growth mindset, fostering self-awareness and personal growth.
  • Through this lesson, you learn about the major personality theories and the role of mindset in personal growth, leading to improved resilience, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Learn about personality theories and the impact of fixed and growth mindsets on behavior, while acquiring strategies to cultivate a positive mindset for personal and professional success.
  • Through this lesson, you explore various personality theories and learn to navigate between fixed and growth mindsets, enabling you to enhance your personal and professional life.
  • This lesson teaches the significance of mindsets in ministry work, discussing how they adapt to different environments and help with spiritual growth. It covers three types of mindsets—objective, subjective, and belief—and emphasizes that there is no direct correlation between behaviors and mindsets.
  • You will learn about different mindsets and how they impact people's approach to tasks and interactions, particularly the objective mindset, which focuses on learning and effectiveness and values quality over quantity in ministry settings, while understanding these mindsets can improve communication and collaboration.
  • Understanding the utilitarian mindset can help you maximize their strengths in ministry work, as they focus on practicality, efficiency, and achieving tangible results, while also addressing their spiritual needs and potential weaknesses, such as overlooking details and people's needs.
  • This lesson delves into the subjective, esthetic mindset, highlighting their emotional responsiveness, creativity, sensitivity to the environment, and expression. You will learn effective communication strategies, the challenges they face in relationships, and how to utilize their abilities in a church setting, ultimately gaining a comprehensive understanding of this prevalent mindset.
  • In this lesson, you gain insight into the social mindset's role and challenges in the church and ministry, learning to recognize and support individuals with this mindset while maintaining a balance between self-care and caring for others to ensure a healthy and effective ministry.
  • This lesson delves into the individualistic belief mindset, exploring its characteristics, challenges, and roles in the church, while offering guidance on effectively communicating with these individuals and fostering their personal growth.
  • This lesson explores the traditional mindset, its characteristics, challenges, and how to effectively engage with those who possess it, as well as the implications of various traditional mindset scores, ultimately helping you understand and navigate relationships with individuals who hold strong convictions and beliefs.
  • Gain insight into the importance of mindsets over behaviors, assess your thinking style and strengths, identify service opportunities based on personal preferences, and learn to better connect with others by understanding their hobbies and interests to effectively share the gospel.
  • Gain insight into your own mindsets and how they fit with others, reflect on your personal history, and enhance your emotional intelligence to build meaningful relationships through understanding yourself and others.

In this course, you will gain knowledge and insights into personality and mindset. You will learn about the different personality theories, including psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic, and social-cognitive theory. You will also explore the two main mindset theories: fixed mindset and growth mindset. By the end of this class, you will have a better understanding of the importance of understanding personality and mindset and how to apply this knowledge to personal and leadership development, team building, and conflict resolution.

Dr. Chuck Coker
Understanding Your Personality and Mindset
Discovering Your Personality for Service
Lesson Transcript

[00:00:00] Well, what an experience we've had over these past few lessons. We have begun to look at Jeremiah one five in real life. God doesn't make mistakes. God knitted us together while we were in the womb for His purpose and his abilities. And for some of us, he made us dominant and controlling. For others of us he made us warm and friendly for others. He wanted us to be strong team members. And for the other group he wanted us to catch our mistakes so that we could correct them and put them back. So my question to you is let's define in your student guide where you actually fit. And I want you to go back to the pages where the little graphs are that show your score between zero and 100. And I want you to write those words down, and then I want you to explain it in your own words, what you feel you look like and what appearances that you make. Then at the bottom of the page, I would like for you to write in the jobs, in the service opportunities that you enjoy most. 

[00:01:25] Now, why would I want you to do that? First of all. People are plugged into holes in most churches. Most of the time there are holes where they really don't fit. So if you want to serve and you actually can answer the three questions of will you accept me for who I am, is there something going on bigger than me here, and how can I serve Christ in this particular position, you are going to want to serve in a position that uses those strengths. That allows you to display the love that Christ put inside of you for other people. And if you're using skill sets that aren't your strengths, you're not going to love them appropriately and you're not going to feed the body of Christ in the way that you were intended to feed them.

[00:02:32] So here's what I want you to do. I want you to go to to the next page, which shows you the dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance. And then there are some blanks underneath there and write in your scores. Then further down the page, identify whether you're an extrovert or an introvert or a thinker or a feeler. And then tell us what that means to you and how you think you can best serve in the body of Christ. Consider your history on the next page. Jobs I enjoyed, things you liked doing about that job, and then what is the description of that behavior that will allow you to totally enjoy and totally immerse yourself in what God created you to do? You're created for a purpose. Then, I want you to think about the service opportunities in any ministry that you've been involved in and two things that you liked about them. Make those behavioral descriptions work for you, not against you, or not because somebody that your friend is already working in the nursery department and you want to be with your friend because guess what? At some point you're not going to like it. And when you don't like it, you may even stop going to church. You may even stop the fellowship that God brought you into. And honestly, you can't afford that. The body of Christ needs you. Be where he placed you.