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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566990254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566990257
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roy M. Oswald is a senior consultant with the Alban Institute. A popular teacher and author, his other Alban titles include Beginning Ministry Together, Clergy Self-Care, The Inviting Church, Discerning Your Congregation's Future, Transforming Rituals, and numerous other resources. Otto Kroeger is a partner in Otto Kroeger Associates, a consulting firm that uses MBTI exclusively. During his more than thirty years of work in the behavioral sciences and organizational development, he has consulted for such organizations as Xerox, IBM, and the Defense Department.

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This is a good text for understanding personality types.
FrKurt Messick
I would recommend this highly to anyone in any church, regardless of denomination, as a good way to understand all who are on your staff.
Tonya Eza
This particular book, however, seems to miss the mark in a way others have not.
Matthew Gunia

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By pjrhodes@raex.com on June 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for helping those entering or presently involved in ministry or Christian service to learn their natural ministry abilities. Based on the Myers-Briggs Temperment Inventory, the strengths and weaknesses of all the personality type indicators are detailed and discussed with candor, compassion and objectivity. Understanding the natural strengths and weaknesses one possesses will help greatly in doing ministry. It will also aid in identifying an area where one may be experiencing a call or strong interest. This book is an effective tool to aid in the sorting and experimenting process. While the authors are experienced professionals in the use of the MBTI within the business community, their knowledge of human personality in ministry and spiritual leadership is well researched and integrated in this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2004
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It is becoming increasingly common in many professions for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to be used to help people better understand themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and their abilities to deal with each other in community.
The MBTI breaks into four essential pairings:
Introvert - Extrovert (I/E)
Sensing - Intuitive (S/N)
Thinking - Feeling (T/F)
Judging - Perceiving (J/P)
People take a psychological inventory test (a series of questions answered yes/no) that are then calculated to place people along four continuums, the four listed above. Thus, every person gets a four letter code (mine is INTJ). The different combinations lead to different general trends of action and preference for people -- some professions fit more naturally with others.
This book by Otto Kroeger (an ENFJ) and Roy Oswald (an INFP) tailors the discussion of the Myers-Brigg indicators to clergy. One important point emphasised is that there is no ideal type, and no type is necessarily better or worse for clergy (or, indeed, for most other professions), as people remain individuals with ability of growth and action. Clergy can be introverts or extroverts, thinkers or feelers, etc. The real strength of the Myers-Briggs test and the interpretations given through Kroeger and Oswald's text is that it helps clergy to identify areas of potential difficulty and conflict.
For example, if a particular clergy person is aware of a tendency toward introversion, she or he can make intentional efforts at being more interactive with people; conversely, if a person tends toward extroversion, she or he might need to be aware to not dominate conversations and situations and include others in the processes.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on November 20, 2004
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My first experience with the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test came nearly a year ago, when the seminary tested my entire class. Upon reading the description of the INTJ (which I tested as), I was shocked that I identified with nearly everything the test said about me. Since then, I've read two other books related to the Myers-Briggs test and greatly appreciate all that I've learned about myself, my wife, and my friends from studying personality types.

While these books (including Personality Type and Religious Leadership) have been tremendously insightful, I have not found this book particularly helpful as I continue to prepare for the holy ministry.

There are many things I like about this book. At the forefront of them is the fact that it is based on Myers-Briggs personality profiles, a theory I buy into hook, line, and sinker. As I read this book, I found myself understanding some of my fellow seminarians and some pastors much better. I also came to understand some of the pitfalls that are common of people of my personalty type (along with why they are common).

I also feel compelled to commend the authors for addressing sexual pitfalls common to pastors of particular personality types. They took on a huge, contriversial subject, and treated it in a helpful way. Love and concern for fellow clergy definatley came through in this section of the book.

Things about this book I didn't like are also numerous. The authors try to walk a fine line between being objectively descriptive and pastoral/caring when addressing the personality types, but they often don't succeed in this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Eza on July 9, 2007
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I have been familiar with personality typing before, but this is the first book that I have read that puts it into the perspective of a religious worker. I gained more insight into what type of leader I am in the church, and what type of leader my pastor is, and that helps us both to work together better for the good of the church. I have suggested it to a sister church worker who is experiencing some difficulties in relationships with her staff members at her church. I would recommend this highly to anyone in any church, regardless of denomination, as a good way to understand all who are on your staff.
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I ordered and read this book for a course at Western Seminary (Portland, OR) and found it very helpful. It takes the Meyers-Briggs personality inventory and correlates the personality types to successful patterns of vocational Christian ministry. Not only that, but the book then discusses the strengths and limitation of certain personality types to various challenges within ministry. The book, controversially for some people, correlates spirituality and temptation to sin with various personality types. In all, a helpful insight that gets closer to objective predictors of ministry accomplishment than the pastoral ministry has had available before.
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