What’s Your Congregation’s Personality Type?

Like individual people, every church has a unique personality and culture. As a young pastor called to a tiny rural congregation, Michael Adam Beck discovered their core value was fellowship. They cherished being together through potlucks, singing, and gatherings. While beautiful, this inward focus blinded them to outsiders. Just as psychologists identify five basic personality dimensions in humans, congregations embody five types rooted in biblical values – proclamation, outreach, generosity, fellowship, and healing. A mature church expresses all five. Understanding your church’s dominant personality type reveals strengths to nurture and blind spots to transform. Discovering how your culture distinctly lives out its values provides a framework for increasing health and vitality. What “type” is your church? Let this guide you toward growth and maturity.

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