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    Default Web Link: MBTI and Christianity?

    I once found a web link about MBTI characteristics and spiritual gifts, etc.

    Does anyone know where there is a good resource on this? I know I found one once; I haven't been able to do it lately.
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    I searched a bit and found some associated sites -- but none of them were very convincing, which begged the question of whether a temperament code can be plugged into Scripture.

    Why don't you try extrapolating potential gifts from your personality and talents, if you believe conceptualization is absolutely necessary; and then apply them to the specific needs of your church? A number of the contributions I make to my own church correspond with neither my temperament nor particular strong suits.

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    My Personality Info offers tests for MBTI *and* for spiritual gifts, as well as something else as well. It doesn't really go into much description, but you can see all of your scores on the same page and perhaps note some patterns.

    The conventional lists in the Bible's NT do correlate a bit to MBTI types... but nothing clear cut. Teachers generally end up being T's; prophets end up being FJ's; pastoral gifts (not the genetic -- the GIFT description, which is about protecting and nurturing a flock) tend to be EF or EP; and such.

    But really, I know one INTP who has a bizarre Compassion gift component to his personality... and similar things. It is just not very clear-cut.

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    Update: Sorry about the link, I just went there and saw that the Spiritual Gift test has seemingly been taken down, for whatever reason.
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    thanks for the replies


    The specific site I was looking for had things like NJ as the "pastor" trait... it had every combination and just had a lot of ideas i wanted to ruminate about.

    meh. i don't think the two HIGHLY correlate, but i wanted to kinda create my own version in my head.

    thanks.
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    My friend sent me a link to this site, but there's only 7 types and they kinda overlap the MBTI types. I'm the contemplator type, and I definitely have the teaching gift and the need for quality time and personal space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    My Personality Info offers tests for MBTI *and* for spiritual gifts, as well as something else as well. It doesn't really go into much description, but you can see all of your scores on the same page and perhaps note some patterns.

    The conventional lists in the Bible's NT do correlate a bit to MBTI types... but nothing clear cut. Teachers generally end up being T's; prophets end up being FJ's; pastoral gifts (not the genetic -- the GIFT description, which is about protecting and nurturing a flock) tend to be EF or EP; and such.

    But really, I know one INTP who has a bizarre Compassion gift component to his personality... and similar things. It is just not very clear-cut.

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    Update: Sorry about the link, I just went there and saw that the Spiritual Gift test has seemingly been taken down, for whatever reason.
    I had an account there. The site was so well put together, but unfortunately, it was an evangelical haven. There was a strong Judeo-Christian bias at that site.

    I posted my MBTI, Zodiac, and Enneagram correlations on that site, too. And due to the moderator's religious beliefs, the forum was locked. And after complaints against it, the entire forum community was disbanded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I had an account there. The site was so well put together, but unfortunately, it was an evangelical haven. There was a strong Judeo-Christian bias at that site.

    I posted my MBTI, Zodiac, and Enneagram correlations on that site, too. And due to the moderator's religious beliefs, the forum was locked. And after complaints against it, the entire forum community was disbanded.
    Is that what happened?

    The owner came here (I think -- or was it to INTPc?) and participated for a bit, just to drum up activity for his site.

    I thought the page design was very clean and easy to use.

    I didn't mind the Spiritual Gifts thing... but I just see most of the gift tests as rather silly. The examples given by Paul and others were merely examples of gifts that he was throwing out on the fly, to make an argument; but for some reason people comb through and pull them out as if they are the actual ordained categories, exclusive ones, and then try to jam their experience into those molds. People made rules out of them.

    I always use to laugh when on some tests I could say, "Wow, my Compassion score is terrible, but my Martyrdom score rocks!"
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    Someone recommended this book to me, "Soul Types" by Sandra Krebs Hirsh. I haven't read it but it sounds like what you're looking for.


    Amazon.com: Soultypes: Finding the Spiritual Path That is Right for You: Books: Sandra Krebs Hirsh,Jane A.G. Kise

    Has anyone else here read it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanlittlechimp View Post
    Someone recommended this book to me, "Soul Types" by Sandra Krebs Hirsh. I haven't read it but it sounds like what you're looking for.
    Yes, I have that one and recommend it. It very much considers religious faith for each of the 16 MBTI temperaments, the strengths and weaknesses of each type, the pitfalls, etc., and it gives a very healthy assortment of personal anecdotes from people representative of each type, as well as possibilities for "stretching oneself" -- I found that level of personalization very useful in tying theory to reality.

    It's not a sparse book either. It's written on a lay person's level, but it definitely puts some effort into the coverage -- not one of those cheap-o 100-page overview books.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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