The Myers-Briggs of Mission

February 5, 2012

Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, GA
Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, given while serving as seminarian

5th Sunday After Epiphany –  Year B (RCL) 

Isaiah 40:21-31, 1Corinthians 9:16-23 & Mark 1:29-39

Last fall I was asked if I’d come to one of the YEA group’s Sunday school classes and share my story. A few weeks before, I asked one of the leaders if there was something in particular that would be good to focus on. She explained that they’ve been talking about discernment, and discerning their own spiritual gifts, and as part of this, each of them had done the Myers-Briggs assessment – so I did one, too.

myers-brigg-wheelNow, Myers-Briggs has been around for a long time and many people, probably many of you, have been exposed to it. And those who have taken it invariably know their “Letters” and they’ll say things like… “I’m an ENFP,” and if you know Myers-Briggs, this is short-hand that tells you they are Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving: E-N-F-P. A general description of an ENFP is that they are:

…both “idea”-people and “people”-people, who see everyone and everything as part of a cosmic whole. They want to both help and to be liked and admired by other people, on both an individual and a humanitarian level…

Sound like anyone you know??

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