Summary: HOW TO MINISTER TO DRIVERS LIKE PAUL, EXPRESSIVES LIKE PETER OR AMIABLES LIKE JOSEPH - TEMPERAMENTS AND CONTEXTUALIZED CRISIS INTERVENTION
HOW TO MINISTER TO DRIVERS LIKE PAUL, EXPRESSIVES LIKE PETER OR AMIABLES LIKE JOSEPH - TEMPERAMENTS AND CONTEXTUALIZED CRISIS INTERVENTION
Personality types as developed through one’s heredity or from one’s environment can also greatly influence the way one contextually views crisis.
The various combinations of these temperaments can make a great effect on the ways in which people respond instinctively to crisis. As the Spirit of God fills each Christian, there is a emphasis on the strengths of each personality type and a lessening of one’s negative traits. Even a greater balance of the strengths of some of the temperaments begins to substitute former deficiencies in certain people’s personality expressions. Briefly, let us mention the basic four temperaments in describing how they will tend to respond during times of crisis:
1. The Driver-Designer-Developer - This person is determined to reach his goal regardless of the adversity he faces. He concentrates on the tasks that are before him and is driven to accomplish, achieve, and succeed. When adversity strikes he is generally able to control his feelings and set his face like a flint - unashamedly. Sometimes, he can appear harsh, severe, and autocratic in his manner, which in itself helps to avoid many minor crisis. Pushy to a fault, this person can drive others as hard as he pushes himself until fatigue sets in. He can be quick to condemn others attempts to solve crisis, since he is strong in his opinions about the best ways to bring about conflict resolutions. However, his take charge attitudes allow him to mediate and bring peace during the times of crisis. Consider one of the most famous drivers from Acts 27-28, the apostle Paul. Notice his managerial abilities to bring peace during a disasterous shipwreck experience:
``On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approached land . . . Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Then PAUL SAID TO THE CENTURION AND THE SOLDIERS, ``UNLESS THESE MEN STAY WITH THE SHIP, YOU CANNOT BE SAVED.’’ So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.
Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. ``For the last fourteen days,’’ he said, ``you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food- you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.’’ After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. Altogether there were 276 of us on board . . . ’’
Notice Paul gave examples to the believers and non-believers alike. He first showed them that God had assured him that no one would be harmed if they followed his directions, a typical driver response to crisis. With his decisive, efficient, and practical approach to problem solving the Centurion preserved Paul’s life in spite of the soldiers desires to kill all of the prisoners. Paul’s firm faith allowed others to see that a driver filled with the Spirit of God makes for one of the best leaders during crises.