Below I have listed some of the unique skills and strengths that I have as a leader. I believe the results from the personality assessments fit me well and I have done my best to explain the results using the assessment’s guides and explanations. As a minister, I believe my work is most effective when I maximize my strengths and continue to improve in my areas of weakness while also building teams of lay leaders with a variety of gifts that compliment one another as we work together in the mission and ministry of the church.
Multicultural ministry is at the heart of my personal call to vocational ministry. Growing up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood (over 80 first languages in my school district), I loved being around people from different cultural backgrounds and places of origin. In addition, a variety of experiences continued to shape my awareness of cross-cultural issues such as learning a second-language, traveling and working abroad, being in an inter-racial marriage, serving immigrant and refugee communities, and more. My heart and call is to be a bridge builder between the church and the larger community and to help the faith community become more culturally sensitive and welcoming to all.
As a daughter of someone who owns their own media communications business, being ‘up’ on the latest technology and software programs has always been par for the course. In turn, I designed this very website and have been able to help churches and presbyteries stay current by updating websites, creating beautiful newsletters and marketing materials, creating and managing a social media presence, and more. In addition, I gained valuable experience working at LowJoe Creative, a creative marketing and advertising firm as a Project Manager.
Communication and Conflict Management
My first experience with conflict management training was through my work in the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of Bellevue. Due to the nature of our work, we were trained on several occasions by a local therapist in conflict prevention strategies, deescalation techniques, and multicultural sensitivity. Later on, as a Chaplain Intern in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, I received unique training in conflict management and communications skills from a systems centered therapy approach through a program called SAVI Communication. This program teaches a number of skills including how to communicate clearly and effectively, how to listen, and how to address and eliminate restraining forces. Lastly, I continued in my conflict management and communication training be becoming certified for Transitional Ministry/Interim in 2015.
Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator-
On the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicatior, I scored as an E/I (Extrovert/Introvert) S (Sensing) F (Feeling) J (Judgment).
I am 50/50 when it comes to extroversion and introversion. I believe this is because that I love people and get energy from serving and interacting with others but when it comes to my personal life, I am a very private person. As a minister, I see this dichotomy as a great strength because I have the people skills to minister effectively but also strong personal boundaries that protect myself and the church.
As a sensing type, I tend to prefer concrete details and facts and am not as likely to make rash decisions based off hunches and yet as a feeler, I tend to make decisions with thought to what will lead to the greatest harmony, consensus, and fit. In the church world, where change is often slow and feared, these sensitivities will help me cast vision and lead the congregation in ways that will lead the church towards unity and success.
Lastly, I am a strong “J”. Those in the judgement/judging category are not judgmental people as it would seem, instead we are among those who preferred a more structured and disciplined lifestyle. Yes, I do tend to be a color-code, alphabetize, list-making, plan-ahead type. These qualities help me serve the church administratively and enable me to plan for the future, manage people, and get projects done.
Strengths Finder 2.0-
My top 5 strengths according to the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment are: Futuristic, Strategic, Discipline, Maximizer, Developer
As a futurist, I am inspired by the future and what it could be. Painting a picture of the future can help energize and inspire others as we peer over the horizon together.
Similarly as a strategist, I can read a given situation and spot the relevant patterns and issues and then develop a way to proceed. By identifying many paths and then carefully evaluating the costs and benefits, I am able to select the path that is the best fit for the goals in mind.
As a disciplined person, I invite structure and order in my life and work. I am focused on routines, timelines, and deadlines.
Furthermore, as a maximizer, I am always seeking to make things more efficient and effective. I am constantly asking “How can we do this better/faster/more efficiently/higher quality/saving costs/etc.?” I find in ministry, I tend to prefer that a church do a few things really well rather than do everything but the kitchen sink poorly. Instead, I think this gives us a great opportunity to find God’s unique call for our congregation and then collaboratively network and serve with other congregations and their various strengths.
Lastly, I am a people developer. I am always working on my personal growth and encouraging others to grow in their lives as well. As a pastor and shepherd of a congregation, I love helping others grow spiritually, in their personal health and well-being, and in their relationships with others.