Part One was all about the Spiritual Gift Assessment
What I didn’t talk about is the Myers Brigs Assessment. This assessment identifies a person’s personality type, strengths, and preferences.
How Do You Know
So how do you know this volunteer should be in your ministry? They email you or called you, even talked to you one on one. So that should be good enough right? No, so fast. Would you hire someone without interviewing them? It not so much as you are interviewing them to hire them. You are talking to a potential volunteer that may or may not have interest in you ministry. On the other hand you also as a the leader have to evaluate this potential volunteer for a good fit. I remember when I was in the military, the old saying was if a person couldn’t be a mechanic, make them a cook. Soon after a while they stopped transferring people into being a cook if they couldn’t do anything else. It just didn’t work. Or another one that seems to pop up now and then, if it is a warm body or has a heartbeat, put them to work. That is so wrong. So this is why three assessments can help you get the right person on the right bus that will help you make a better decision when placing volunteers.
Looking For The Good Fit
1. Spiritual Gift Assessment – If I were looking for a leader I would look high assessment gift code of Ad = Administration, Fa = Faith, Le = Leadership, Wi = Wisdom. If I were looking for someone to help in different areas of the Food Ministry, I would be looking at some of all the above and a high assessment in Se = Serving/Ministry.
2. S.H.A.P.E. Assessment – I differently would want to know about person Heart, Abilities, Personality and their Experiences. Let’s say your food ministry puts on a lot of events. And you have two people that have a strong Serving/Ministry in their spiritual assessment and one is an extrovert and the other is an introvert. You might not want to put an introvert in front of a large crowd. You might want to place the introvert behind the scenes where they may feel comfortable serving.
3. Myers Brigs Assessment – If you have someone on your church staff that has Myers Brigs training, it may be a good idea after a while to have your whole team take the assessment. What I had found out when I had my team take the assessment, it was very surprising. What happen was I needed someone to recruit volunteers. But I wasn’t choosing the right person for the position. When my staff finish the Myer Briggs assessment, it told me no matter how much I wanted them to recruit the whole staff would avoid recruiting no matter what. So getting the right person in the right position will make your life a little easier.
I would like to hear from you what you have done in the past to place volunteers in your church or non-profit to help you accomplish your goals. What was surprising to you and what wasn’t surprising to you.