Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ministry Sorting Hat Revisited

In anticipation of the Big Movie Event this week, I'm reprising the "Hogwart's Styles of Ministry posts from 2005. What's your style?

Ravenclaw: You delight in the intellectual aspects of ministry: the study of theology, the crafting of sermons, the assimilation of vast knowledge regarding church history, polity and tradition. Your study is your sanctuary--it is here that you feel the presence of God. Your keen mind penetrates to the heart of ethical and ecclessial dilemmas. However, the relational aspects of ministry can be hard for you. You have to drag yourself out of your study to connect to people on an emotional rather than intellectual level. You have a limited amount of social energy, so you have to focus it carefully and pace yourself. Alternate careers: Professor, author, librarian.

Hufflepuff: Hufflepuffs loooved their Practical Theology classes at seminary. Your greatest delight in ministry is the actual tasks of ministry: pastoral care, visitation, organizing programs, recruiting volunteers, managing the organization. You know where the church furnace is located and could fix it in a pinch. You are generally quite popular with your congregation for your hard work and availability. However, your focus on the practicalities of ministry sometimes keeps your from seeing a grander vision, a bigger picture. Your congregations will be solid and healthy, but will seldom make the news for taking daring stands or developing cutting edge ministries. Some folks will exploit your willingness to work hard, so you have to guard against early burnout. Alternate careers: Director of community center, chef.

Gryffindor: You are attracted to the ministry because it offers a context for your need to be involved in a heroic quest: Defending the Truth, Working for Justice, Spreading the Gospel; Building God's Kingdom. You are willing to take a stand, be part of an embattled minority, sacrifice everything for The Cause. Your ministry is inspiring. As a charismatic leader you can motivate your people to great undertakings. However, you are easily dillusioned with the petty realities that inevitably crop up in congregational and denominational life. The day-to-day routine of running a church can make you tired and frustrated. You have absolutely no patience with church politics or polity and can become enraged when you run smack into it while on your quest for Truth and Justice. Alternate careers: missionary, non-profit founder, social work

Sytherin: You have incredible entrepenuerial skills. You look at a swath of farmland on the edge of the suburbs and get that Megachurch gleam in your eye. You can size up a congregation or community and immediately identify who has resources and connections that can be tapped for the success of your latest project. You may scorn denominational structures and rules, but you know how to use them to promote your mission---or to take down your enemies. Members of your church are grateful for the growth and money you bring to your congregations, but deep down they may feel that you don't care about them personally. They may hesitate to approach you with problems, feeling that you only want to hear "success stories". Alternate careers: business owner, Archbishop.

12 comments:

"PS" said...

What a 'hoot' and full of truth

ellbee said...

OMG!!! I'm a Gryffindor being mentored by a Ravenclaw!! This is so much more helpful than Meyers-Briggs!

---she said tongue only part way into her cheek.

hipchickmamma said...

love it!

Presbyterian Gal said...

I'm a Ravenpuffgryfferin. Which is actually different from a Huffleclawslytherindor.

Gannet Girl said...

Ravenclaw here, in a RavenGryff church.

Tandaina said...

Oh dear, I'm a Hufflepuff for sure. (Though there's a good bit of Ravenclaw in me too if I'm being honest) Well at least I'm lovable! :)

I think my mentor is a Gryffendor.

the reverend mommy said...

OOOO....
This is too good not to share....
I'm posting a link on my blog.
I'm a Gryffindor!

Jan said...

Wonderful!

ElastiGirl said...

huffleclawgrif here - representin'!!

Rev Scott said...

Oh, dear me - I'm HERMIONE!

"Well, the Sorting Hat did seriously consider putting me in Ravenclaw during my Sorting, but it decided on Gryffindor in the end."

Now that's just funny.

Ruby said...

Wonderful. No wonder I'm so happy in my Gryfflepuff church. I'm a gryfflepuff!

revabi said...

Thanks for reprising this. I am definitely Hufflepuff, and I really have to guard against burnout.