“People aren’t harnessing the power of their innate gifts…. More than half of churchgoers report that they don’t get to do what they do best in their congregations. And this is driving people away.” From the book, Living Your Strengths.
This is an all too familiar complaint in many congregations. Most churches clearly fail to connect the right volunteer “player” to the team position that’s right for them. Clearly, abilities go unrecognized and untapped for far too many key people. The resulting frustration is shared by all parties involved. Why not observe your team members’ talents and gifts to make sure you understand them? Once you do, wouldn’t it be most wise to then use that volunteer where they would be most effective? Doing this allows you to not only serve that person better, but he or she will also serve to carry out your team’s vision most effectively. There are many road maps to help you plot the direction of each person serving by your side. I found the following resources to be most helpful:
- “Living Your Strengths” by Albert Winseman, Donald Clifton and Curt Liesveld. This is an online talent assessment instrument. Inside each book is a special code that allows you to take the test online
- http://mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test.htm – I suggest all team members fill out this online test to discover their spiritual gifts. And, you’ll get to know each person on a much deeper level.
- DiSC® is the original research validated personality behavioral assessment. “DiSC Profile” can be taken online or in the paper self-scoring format found at http://www.onlinediscprofile.com.
Friend and esteemed leader, Brian Dishon, taught me a brilliant exercise. Ask each person on your team to fill out the following chart:
- List what you’re “Good at and Enjoy doing”
- List what you’re “Good at and Don’t enjoy doing”
- List what you’re “Bad at and Enjoy doing”
- List what you’re “Bad at and Don’t enjoy doing”
Next, as the leader, list your expectations for the particular assignment. Simply match the person strengths or “Good at and Enjoy Doing” with the appropriate position. A commonsensical approach yet a revolutionary way to connect the right person to the right job. Way to go, Brian! Your passion for assembling your team and commitment to outstanding leadership inspire me!
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Romans 12:6
Unwrap the right gifts of individuals – you will discover their expertise and as a result you will discover your fullest potential as a leader amidst inspired, energized and motivated team players.