SHAPE Personality Test

By David S. Chang

This test is taken from Rick Warren’s (Pastor of Saddleback Church) Personality Test from the “Discovering Your Unique S.H.A.P.E.” The acronym S.H.A.P.E. stands for:

  • S – Spiritual Gifts
  • H – Heart
  • A – Abilities
  • P – Personality
  • E – Experience

I have taught this course to several churches and organizations on finding and discovering how God has shaped you for ministry and service. Regardless of what profession we are in, or what our belief system is, we want to do what we enjoy, are good at, are passionate in, and putting our gifts to use…basically living out our purpose in life!

What God made you to BE determines what He intends for you to DO. This class helps people discover the purpose you were created for when you understand the kind of person you are. This is the secret of knowing God’s will for your life!

God is consistent in His plan for each of our lives. He would not give us inborn talents and temperaments, spiritual gifts, and all sorts of life experiences and then not want to use them! He has created us to be used! 

IMAGINE being dressed in a uniform, given a glove, great cleats, a beautiful swing, the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, incredible speed, natural athletic talent, and then you spend your life sitting in the stands instead of playing.

A total waste, right? That’s the same idea with people who don’t discover their purpose in life through their S.H.A.P.E.! Two results of discovering the ministry/profession/service you’ve been shaped for are:

  • increased MATURITY and FULFILLMENT.

(How do I see myself?)

It’s obvious that God has not used a cookie cutter to stamp out people to look and get the same. God loves variety – just look around. And there is not a “right” or “wrong” personality.

A personality is difficult to change, but attitudes can be changed over time. God has wired you in a unique way. For example, imagine you have a lion’s personality, we could try to change you by pulling your fangs out (attitude) with the hope you will become a cat. It won’t work – you won’t become a cat, you’ll become a fangless lion.

When I joined the military, my attitude changed but my personality remained the same. I was outgoing before I became an Army Officer and I was outgoing afterwards. I just had a new attitude to go with my outgoing personality! 

Although there are many great personality tests available (click here to see the other ones), for the purpose of your S.H.A.P.E. test, we want you to consider just four aspects of your unique personality:

  1. How I am around other people
  2. How I make my decisions
  3. How I am in my relationships
  4. How I am in my use of time


Importance isn’t based on what personality type you have, it’s what you do with your personality that’s important. After reading the information below, take the test at the end of the post!

1.  How I am around other people (my preference for ‘people interaction’)

Around others I am more: Reserved or Outgoing

[Now, there will be times when you switch back and forth between reserved and outgoing but you usually have a preferred style where you feel most comfortable.]

Outgoing: stereotypical descriptions

  • social and energized by people
  • lonely when they’re not with people
  • love parties–usually the last to leave
  • easily connect with strangers
  • has lots of relationships

Reserved: stereotypical descriptions

  • drained by people
  • not bothered being alone
  • likes solo activities: reading, few people
  • energized when they are alone
  • enjoys others but they’re drained afterwards
  • limited number of relationships

2.  How I make my decisions (my preference for ‘decision making’)

My decisions are based more on: Facts/thinking or Feelings

Facts: stereotypical descriptions

  • likes facts, trust facts
  • rooted in reality
  • appreciates past experience
  • notices the details
  • wants what’s actual .. . “give me the facts”
  • practical

Feelings: stereotypical descriptions

  • scan, glance, miss details because heads in clouds
  • futuristic thinking
  • don’t care about past, wants to know what’s ahead
  • forward thinking anticipates the future
  • great imagination
  • loves to speculate and go on hunches
  • doesn’t care what’s practical

3.  How I am in my relationships (my preference for ‘relating to others’)

In my relationships I tend to be more: Dependent on others or Independent

Dependent: stereotypical descriptions

  • needs people
  • high expectations of others
  • rely on people to be there during tough times
  • need others to validate me
  • need to talk feelings out
  • external

Independent: stereotypical descriptions

  • doesn’t need others
  • low expectations of others
  • rely on self to get through tough times
  • seek validation from self
  • figure out my own feelings
  • internal

 4.  How I am in my use of time (my preference for ‘use of time’)

My use of time is more: Determined or Spontaneous

Determined: stereotypical descriptions

  • fixed
  • organized
  • plan ahead
  • closure
  • deadlines

Spontaneous: stereotypical descriptions

  • flexible
  • adapt as you go
  • open ended
  • what deadline?
  • plenty of time … what’s the rush

Realize your personality will be a BENEFIT to your ministry, profession, or whatever you do! You can also click here to take another personality test called the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator.


This is how I see myself: (circle one of the two words for each comment)

  1. Around others I am more: RESERVED or OUTGOING
  1. My decisions are based more on: FACTS/THINKING or FEELINGS
  1. In my relationships I tend to be more: DEPENDENT or INDEPENDENT
  1. My use of time is more: DETERMINED or SPONTANEOUS

One example of why I circled each of the above is:

David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!


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