Using Malcolm Goldsmith's little book Knowing Me Knowing God (in which there is a longer and more complex version of the opening quiz) I produced a short Bible Study on worship and personality type for my small group last night. One or two people have expressed interest so here it is:
Get answers to the following questions. Discuss any interesting differences:
1. When listening to a sermon do you prefer:
a) Your heart to be warmed
b) Your head to be challenged
2. When there are periods of silence in services do you:
a) Wish they went on longer
b) Wish they were shorter
3. Do you think the church should proclaim:
a) The unchanging historic faith
b) A faith that requires a different expression in each generation
4. What do you prefer to get out of worship:
a) A variety of colours, shapes, smells and experiences
b) A variety of ideas
5. What do you look for in a minister:
a) Practicality and being down-to-earth
b) Vision and idealism
6. When conflict arises at church do you think:
a) This is an inevitable part of being human
b) This is a regrettable failure of Christian love
7. Are you mainly:
a) Appreciative of your church and its ministry
b) Critical of your church and its ministry
8. A good approach to spirituality is one which addresses the subject in:
a) Considerable depth
b) Considerable breadth
9. Which image of the church do you prefer:
a) A pastoral community
b) A prophetic community
10. Does your Christian faith offer you:
a) Assurance, security and structure
b) Adventure, unpredictability and insecurity
Read two key passages:
Which one says more to you about worship?
Which do you instinctively prefer?
If Luke, are you more a Mary or a Martha?
Describe a perfect worship service for you.
Which would be better, for everyone to contribute to every service or for each of us to devise a whole one every now and again?
Pray first for our churches and those with responsibility (wardens, clergy, PCC, staff, treasurers, project managers and ministry leaders) before doing our own list.