How Personality & Temperament Influences Theology & Church Types

Many students of the Bible have demonstrated that the “soul” — according to Scripture — contains three parts: mind, will, and emotion.

In Revise Us Again, I discussed how these three parts of the soul map to the way that each Christian tends to recognize God’s voice. (You can listen to that chapter here for free.)

People are generally wired to lead with one part of their soul. Some are mostly heady/intellectual (mind), others are mostly emotive/feelers (emotions), and others tend toward being mostly volitional/doers (will).

That said, in my Christian experience over the years, I’ve found that . . .

Intellectuals tend to be attracted to Anglicanism, for example.

Emoters tend to be attracted to Pentecostalism/Charismaticism, for example.

Doers tend to be attracted to Baptist churches, for example. (One Baptist famously remarked, “If God didn’t part the Red Sea, us Baptists would have gotten out our buckets and emptied it dry!”)

Notice I said “tend to be.” There are always exceptions, of course. But these are general patterns I’ve observed.

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  • Randi

    Personalities! God’s topic of the month on my heart. I loved that part of Revive US Again and I love how cool God is that He brought our small Church together with each different personality & denomination represented! There are only 6 of us adults (and 3 kiddos) that meet regularly as a Church – and it’s so cool how God has brought us all from such different “extremes” in theology, doctrine, church experience & personality —- and He IS helping us all move center.

    My question for the Lord – or whoever can speak into me hehe is WHAT does it look like to DIE TO SELF but still become fully who God designed me to be – including the personality He gifted me with.

    I think the diversity of our personalities remains in tact!! But maybe I’m wrong.. maybe the personality is changed and all of us our shifted to “center”….. I believe that Jesus has the STRENGTHS of EVERY personality… and none of the weaknesses of each…. so what an amazing personality HE IS – THE BEST of course and the ONLY one EVER that could have the STRENGTHS of all the personalities that are recognized and researched now.

    One school of thought might be that perhaps as we are built up in Christ through the Church and our relationship with Him — we will all move toward that same personality of all strengths and our own personalities will melt away…

    BUT NO NO NO I don’t think that is it!! I think He will keep the diversity of our individual personality… and our GROWTH, maturity in Him will mean that the weaknesses of our individual personalities will be less and less!! and the strengths will be more and more as they are used for Him and correctly.

    YES maybe that is it! MAYBE CORPORATELY we all will operate with HIS personality of all strengths someday!!!! and we are HIS Body that makes sense!! But individually that all means that we KEEP the strengths in our own personality — which are balanced out perfectly with the STRENGTHS of others personalities in His Body!!

    YES!! I think that’s the answer I’ve been looking for!!! <3 He will help us remain in the personality He gifted us with – keep us unique from each other… but will show us how to operate TOGETHER to have equal participation of strengths and sharpen each other's weaknesses off.

    So the goal is to allow Him to keep the strengths of our personality —- but will show us how to use them for HIS glory and the good of others instead of the self-use we had before Him! And the 2nd part — is that He will sharpen away our weaknesses… through the FRICTIONING that happens in our Church families full of different personalities that rub against each other!!!! :)

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  • Kelly J Youngblood

    Hey, this fits in very nicely with a series I am working on! Clipping it to Evernote :)