Rick Warren of Saddleback Church developed the S.H.A.P.E. test and assessment tool to help individual discover their own specific SHAPE for ministry.
I have taught this course to several churches and organizations on finding and discovering how God has shaped you for ministry, service, and one’s profession. Regardless of your belief system, this assessment tool is a very useful exercise to help you find your talents, abilities, interests, personality, and experience to maximize your potential in life.
The other personality tests help describe who you are, but this assessment helps you understand what you are meant to do. We want to do what we enjoy, are good at, are passionate in, and are putting our gifts fully to use…basically living out our purpose in life!
Below are lists of the most common gifts, abilities, and other skills that can help you put together S.H.A.P.E. Assessment. The acronym S.H.A.P.E. stands for:
- S – Spiritual Gifts: What natural gifts do you possess?
- H – Heart: What do you have passion for and love to do? What motivates and invigorates you so you are full engaged?
- A – Abilities: What talents and skills do you have and have you learned?
- P – Personality: Where does your personality best suit you to serve and work? What is your natural approach to life and relationships?
- E – Experience: What experiences do you have that has molded you into who you are today?
What God made you to BE determines what He intends for you to DO. This assessment helps you discover the purpose you were created for when you understand the kind of person you are. This is the secret of knowing your purpose in 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!
IMAGINE being dressed in a uniform, given a glove, great cleats, and have a beautiful swing, the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, incredible speed, and natural athletic talent…then imagine spending 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
Read the traits for each spiritual gift and check every phrase that you think fits you.
- Delegates responsibilities easily
- Organizes effectively
- Enjoys completing projects
- Enjoys planning and administrative skills
- Successfully sets and achieves goals and objectives
- Takes pleasure in drawing/designing objects
- Finds joy in painting or creating handcrafted objects
- Experiences fulfillment in completing projects
- Enjoys time spent in creating beauty
- Finds satisfaction in repairing and maintaining things
- Enjoys talking to others about faith in Jesus Christ
- Challenged by the opportunity of talking to nonbelievers about the Christian life
- Seeks out nonbelievers in a continual manner in order to share with them about Christ
- Takes satisfaction from sharing the Gospel message with others and persuading them to respond
- Finds a certain pleasure in making new friends and sharing the love of Christ with them.
- Speaks words of encouragement to those who are troubled discouraged, or unsure of themselves
- Enjoys helping others resolve difficult or complicated problems
- Accurately applies truth to daily life in spite of crises or conflict
- A good counselor of others feeling perplexed or guilty
- Regularly helps others through difficulty by offering Biblical solutions which bring comfort or direction.
- Conscientiously manages money well in order to be able to give liberally to the Lord’s work
- Consistently contributes to the Lord’s work out of gratitude for what He had done
- Feels deeply moved by urgent financial needs in the work of God’s kingdom
- Is content with maintaining a lower standard of living in order to financially benefit God’s work
- Finds a certain pleasure in using financial resources to help others.
- Readily provides food/shelter graciously and willingly to people in need
- Enjoys having guests in the home and sharing freely with those in need
- Making visitors and guests feel comfortable and a part of things
- Willingly opens home to guests or strangers even when it is not convenient
- Sees his/her home as a resource from God to share with others.
- Prays faithfully for the needs of others without prodding
- Prays for others when could be doing other things
- Feels secure in the knowledge that prayers continually work miracles in own life and the lives of others
- Knows that praying for others will bring tangible results
- Regards prayer as a favorite spiritual exercise.
- Frequently discovers new truths
- Has the confidence that insights will bring changes in the attitude and convictions of others
- Acquires and masters new facts and principles which aid others in their growth and stability
- Enjoys reading and studying to learn more about Biblical truth
- Distinguishes key Biblical truths and facts that benefit self and others.
- Enjoys persuading other people to accomplish preset goals and objectives
- Shows success in leading other people toward accomplishing specific tasks
- Others follow example
- Leads small or large groups of people in decision-making processes
- Positively motivates others to accomplish a task.
- Works joyfully with people who are ignored by the majority of those around them
- Talks cheerfully and compassionately with the elderly and shut-ins
- Enjoys working with those in jails and prisons
- Joyfully works with others who can do little if anything in response
- Enjoys doing things to comfort people during sickness or times of trouble.
- Joyfully sings praises to God either alone or with other people
- Gives others pleasure by playing a musical instrument effectively
- Finds much pleasure in the routine practice of singing hymns and other Gospel selections
- Knows that singing has been a spiritual encouragement to others
- Finds pleasure in playing a musical instrument alone or with a group of people.
- Enjoys being called on to do special jobs
- Enjoys routine work at church that would seemingly bore other people
- Experiences satisfaction in doing menial tasks for the glory of God
- Is content to take orders rather than give them
- Gladly responds when others express a need for help.
- Takes responsibility to care and nurture the whole person in their walk with God
- Provides guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people
- Models with their life what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus
- Establishes trust and confidence through long-term relationships
- Leads and protects those within their span of care.
- Enjoys helping other people learn Biblical facts and principles which aid in the building up of their lives
- Finds joy in sharing with children or adults knowledge about learning and applying God’s word
- Sees the faith of others’ strengthened by teaching about Christ
- Enjoys presenting and discussing Biblical truths with others
- Freely and effectively shares the love of Christ with children and/or adults in an effective and meaningful manner.
- Enjoys formulating thoughts and ideas into effective written form
- Feels secure in the fact that words written will be of benefit to those who read them
- Composes or arranges articles in an efficient meaningful style
- Finds much pleasure in composing and writing paragraphs and stories for the edification of others Feels confident that literary
Rank the order your top three gifts from the Spirit Rank the order your top three gifts from the Spiritual Gifts Inventory.
HEART PASSION ASSESSMENT
- You receive a phone call. The person says, “I have some good news and some bad news.” The bad news is that you have just been fired from your job. The good news is that I want to give you a new job and it will be literally the job of your dreams. Describe this job and it is yours.” What would you say?
- What is it in life that really “turns your crank”, “floats your boat” i.e. something that you could stay up late talking about?
- Describe one of your most fulfilling and enjoyable achievements. What did you do? What encouragement did you get from others? How did you feel while doing it? (Remember, this is a fulfilling and enjoyable achievement. You might have won the Nobel Peace Prize but hated the process and will never do it again.)
- Think of a famous person or a person that you know well. Write there name down and what one of there passions are. (Example: Billy Graham—Reaching people for Christ)
- What do you think some of your friends would say about you?
God had a purpose in giving you your inborn interests. In fact, your emotional heartbeat reveals a very important key to understanding God’s design and intention for your life. These heartbeats are described as passions in three different areas – Roles, People and Causes.
HEART PASSION FOR A ROLE
WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING? What roles do you find fulfilling?
I Love To…
- DESIGN/DEVELOP: I love to make something out of nothing. I enjoy getting something started from scratch.
- PIONEER: I love to test and try out new concepts. I am not afraid to risk failure.
- ORGANIZE: I love to bring order out of chaos. I enjoy organizing something that is already started.
- OPERATE/MAINTAIN: I love to efficiently maintain something that is already organized.
- SERVE/HELP: I love to assist others in their responsibility. I enjoy helping others succeed.
- ACQUIRE/POSSESS: I love to shop, collect or obtain things. I enjoy getting the highest quality for the best price.
- EXCEL: I love to be the best and make my team the best. I enjoy setting and attaining the highest standard.
- INFLUENCE: I love to convert people to my way of thinking. I enjoy shaping the attitudes and behavior of others.
- PERFORM: I love to be on stage and receive the attention of others. I enjoy being in the limelight.
- IMPROVE: I love to make things better. I enjoy taking something that someone else has designed or started and improve it.
- REPAIR: I love to fix what is broken or change what is out of date.
- LEAD/BE IN CHARGE: I love to lead the way, oversee and supervise. I enjoy determining how things will be done.
- PERSEVERE: I love to see things to completion. I enjoy persisting at something until it is finished.
- FOLLOW THE RULES: I love to operate by policies and procedures. I enjoy meeting the expectations of an organization or boss
- PREVAIL: I love to fight for what is right and oppose what is wrong. I enjoy overcoming injustice.
- OTHER: ________________________________________________________________
HEART PASSION FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE
WHOM DO YOU LIKE TO HELP?
- Young Marrieds
- Jr. High Students
- Preschool Children
- Elementary Children
- Sr. High Students
- Older Adults 60+
- Single Parents
- Young Adults (Post-College – Early Career)
- Other _____________
HEART PASSION FOR A CAUSE
WHAT DO I GET EXCITED ABOUT?
- At Risk Children
- Relief Efforts
- Compulsive Behavior Recovery
- Financial Management
- Health and/or Fitness
- Illness Support
- Abuse/ Violence
- Breast Cancer
- Career Decisions
- Grief Recovery
- Law & Justice
- Mobilizing Volunteers
- Music or Art
- Divorce Recovery
- Science and/or Technology
- World Missions
- Urban Missions
- Drug and Alcohol Recovery
- Sexuality &/or Gender issues
- Other ____________________
WHAT GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES HAVE SURFACED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
- Artistic ability: conceptualize, draw, paint, photograph, etc.
- Athletic ability: coach or participate in a sport
- Classifying ability: systematize and file books, data, records, and materials
- Cooking ability: prepare meals for large and small groups
- Counseling ability: listen, encourage, and guide with sensitivity
- Counting ability: work with numbers, data or money
- Decorating ability: beautify a setting for a special event
- Developing ability: improve, tinker, make better, modify
- Editing ability: proofread or rewrite
- Entertaining ability: perform, act, dance, speak
- Evaluating ability: analyze data and draw conclusions
- Graphics ability: layout, design, create visual displays or banners
- Hobby-related ability: work with hands in a certain activity
- Interviewing ability: talking with people and discovering what people are like
- Landscaping ability: gardening and work with plants
- Leadership ability: ”head honcho”, coordinate, cast vision, direct, lead
- Learning ability: observe, practice, research, study
- Linguistic ability: speak and write in various languages What Language?
- Managing ability: supervise people to accomplish a task or event
- Mechanical Operating ability: operate tools or machinery
- Musical ability: sing or play a musical instrument
- Organizational ability: bring order and organization to people and programs
- Planning ability: strategize, design, and organize programs or events
- Promoting ability: advertise or promote events and activities
- Public Relations ability: handle complaints and unhappy people with care and maturity
- Recruiting ability: enlist and motivate people to get involved
- Repairing ability: fix, restore, maintain
- Researching ability: read, gather information, collect data
- Resourceful ability: search out and find resources at a lower cost
- Sewing/Needlework ability: work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine
- Teaching ability: explain, train, demonstrate, tutor
- Technical ability: operate or repair various equipment
- Visualizing ability: conceptualize, picture, dream
- Welcoming ability: convey warmth, develop rapport, making others feel welcome
- Writing ability: write articles, papers, letters, books
- Other: ___________________________________________________________
Free Personality Tests and Assessments
Besides the Myers-Briggs, this test is one of the most well-known. More than two million people have taken the 15-minute DISC assessment to better understand their personality type and behavioral style. Developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, the DISC assessment examines how an individual ranks in the four areas of behavior:
Designed for both individuals who want to identify and maximize their strengths and motivators, and organizations looking to integrate high-performance teams, this $250 DISC profile is yours free of charge.
Their framework incorporates the latest advances in psychometric research, combining time-tested concepts with robust and highly accurate testing techniques. With their model, they have combined the Myers-Briggs simplicity and convenience, with an extra letter to accommodate five rather than four scales.
They have chosen to rework and rebalance the dimensions of personality called the Big Five personality traits and five personality aspects that, when combined, define the personality type:
Their approach has allowed them to achieve high test accuracy while also retaining the ability to define and describe distinct personality types.
- The Myers Brigg Type Indicator® (MBTI) is one of the most popular ones and very in-depth. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment tool. You can get more information on the different types at Myers-Briggs Foundation website and if you want more detailed information you can click here. Did you know that your personality type is directly correlated to your income? See the chart below and take the test to see where you fit!
This self-assessment will help you answer the four most critical questions when it comes to your personality. This exercise will be helpful in learning more yourself, what you want
EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT AND WORK EXPERIENCES
- What jobs have you been most effective in and enjoyed the most? List them below ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________
LIFE EXPERIENCES From what problems, hurts, pains or trials have you learned that you can in turn help others?
- Annulment of Marriage
- Chronic Pain
- Crisis Pregnancy
- Dysfunctional Family
- Drug Abuse/Addiction
- Eating Disorder
- Extended Court Proceedings
- Extended Job Loss
- Extended Physical Illness/Injury
- Military Wartime Service
- Recovery Program
- Separated and/or Restored Marriage
- Other ___________________
Where have you enjoyed serving in the past?
- Teacher (Adults)
- Teacher/Helper (Youth)
- Teacher/Helper (Children)
- Teacher Training Ministry
- Host Kitchen
- Music (Instrument)
- Music (Vocal)
- Mission Trip
- Urban Missions
- Small Group Leader
- Financial Counselor
- Coach (Baseball)
- Coach (Basketball)
- Coach (Soccer)
- Calling Team
- Meals Ministry
- Clothing Closet
- Bus/Van Driver
- Sound Board
- Hospital Care
- Prayer Team
- Prison Ministry
- Program/Event Coordinator
- Retreat Planning
- Parking Cars
- Set up/ Tear down
- Tape/CD Ministry
- Cleaning Crew
- Office Work
- ESL Ministry
- Home Construction Ministry
- Recovery Ministry
- Special Needs Children
- Other ________________
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