Executive Pastors Function in 5 Areas
Where are you strong?
This short study will help you understand your gifting as a church leader. The Executive Pastor Indicator began as a work with only XPs and other church leaders. It grew into People Patterns that any person could use to better understand his or her gifts. This version of the People Patterns has explanations of each area that are tailored to existing XPs, future XPs and other church leaders.
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Mentors are people who come alongside of you and develop you to be your best. They hone who you are, fanning the flame of your ability. Mentors build into you and help you realize your potential. They coach and guide you to help you discover your whole self. As trusted allies, they are friendly faces who encourage you to grow, develop and change.
Those with the Mentor Pattern are such people as U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower:
I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.
Administrators help establish the plan and then follow it as it is laid out. They like policy and structure, and are good with details and budgets. Administrators focus on management and tend to be averse to taking risks.
They are good with procedures and like to follow the rules. Those with the Administrator Patterns are such people as Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:
But, if you look over time, if you ask what the American people—the majority of the American people—want over time, over our history, they want judicial review. They want to make sure that the promises of the Constitution are honored, that the commitments we made basically over time with our ancestors are followed.
Catalysts are people who will challenge you, and so take you to new ground. They innovate and experiment in life, motivating you to change. Catalysts seem to light fires under people, spurring them on to unconventional or entirely new methods.
They can be revolutionary, stirring up people. As trusted critics, we know their words are speaking truth as they speed up change in our lives. Those with the Catalyst Pattern are such people as Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross:
I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
Relationals are people who are motivated by harmony and see the team as crucial. They want people to be whole and healthy, and so are good team builders. Relationals highly value grace and mercy and can be quite loving and warm.
People deeply matter to them. Decisions are guided by deep-seated values and personal connections to others.Those with the Relational Pattern are such people as Princess Diana:
I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don’t go by the rulebook … I lead from the heart, not the head … Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back. I’d like people to think of me as someone who cares about them … I remember when I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people’s hands, people used to be shocked because they’d never seen this before … To me it was quite normal. Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.
Overseers like to see the big picture. They work best with principles and concepts as their guiding force. Overseers prefer to work on strategy, aligning people with their right places to work. They think in terms of the vision and direction of things, tending to look at the horizon rather than at what is immediately in front of them. Those with the Overseer Pattern are such people as Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Britain:
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best … You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing. There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top. A well ordered society would be one where the State only had a negative action, comparable to that of a rudder: a light pressure at the right moment to counteract the first suggestion of any loss of equilibrium. Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul.
First take the Indicator in Lesson 1
Your results will be sent to you within 2 business days. Then, read and learn from your chart and description. This is a learning experience and everyone is unique–this gives a framework for understanding your unique leadership style.
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