Diversity is a beautiful thing. People, cultures, perspectives and ideas come in all shapes, sizes, colors and variations, adding tremendous depth and value the tapestry of life we’re all part of. And just like people, cultures, perspectives and ideas, personalities also come in all shapes, sizes, colors and variations. This, too, is a beautiful thing, However, problems tend to surface when we fail to understand and appreciate the diversity of personalities and how that diversity impacts and adds value to our environments, relationships and leadership styles.
In this month’s Group Talk, Carolyn Taketa talks with Amy Jackson and Tom Kang about learning to understand and appreciate the diversity in personality types and how finding value in the nuances of the various temperaments can help you shape effective ministry environments and experiences.
Amy Jackson is a managing editor at Christianity Today and oversees the websites SmallGroups.com, ChristianBibleStudies.com, and Gifted for Leadership. She has served as a small group minister and has a M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College. Smallgroups.com is a widely used resource for small group ministry leaders with 2.5 million page views per year. You can connect with Amy on Twitter @AmyKJackson.
Tom Kang is the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church where he provides point leadership for the men at their central campus in Lake Forest, CA. He was originally born and raised in NJ and most recently served as a Teaching Pastor & Campus Pastor at Liquid Church, before coming to Saddleback in 2015. You can connect with Tom on Twitter @kangsta and TheManlyMinute on YouTube.