“Hi, my name is Pastor Jim and I’m a Bear/Labrador”. (No, this is not the blog for your recovery group.) This week at staff training we have taken a form of the DiSC personality test. The test uses animal names to describe the four different personality types.
When I say that I’m a Bear/Labrador that means is that I’m a “people person”. I tend to focus on relationships, rather than tasks. The other two personality types, Lion and Beaver, tend to focus on tasks rather than relationships.
The one thing that is amazing is how God brings people together from all over the country, each with their own personality types, to work at Camp Gilead for the summer. This year, the majority of the staff is brand new, but after only 4 days they are creating bonds and understanding their roles on the team. Lots of tasks are getting done and lots of relationships are being formed.
God gives each of us a certain personality, with inherent strengths and weaknesses. This allows us to shine in our strengths and learn how to grow by seeing the example of others. Our personality types are just another way for the Holy Spirit to show His power by giving us the ability to serve in unity.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Please continue to pray for us as we finish out the week of staff training and look forward to our first week of Junior Camp.
Pastor Jim Mailloux is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Richland, WA. He has been the camp pastor for staff training for the last 5 years.