Utilize your God-given strengths, understand, motivate and manage different personality types.


Navigate situations to best leverage different personality types and individual strengths for the betterment of the team as well as the individual.


  • Assignment 1 // Read the article by Rick Warren, creator of SHAPE, on its significance and answer the questions

  • Assignment 2 // Read the “Lost at Sea” story and complete the ranking exercise, column 1 of the “Lost at Sea” chart and answer the questions

  • Assignment 3 // Read Read the Leadercast video transcript “When Faced with Conflict, Lean In” with Hank Fortner and answer the questions

  • Assignment 4 // Read Romans 12:4-8 and answer the questions


Read this article by Rick Warren, creator of SHAPE, on its significance and answer the questions.

*If you have not already taken the SHAPE test visit Next Steps week 3 to do so. Or for a SHAPE

gifts assessment, visit


  1. Now that you know your SHAPE, name some ways you are currently utilizing your SHAPE or have used it in the past (be specific.)

  2. Name an experience where you’ve served outside of your SHAPE. Was this fulfilling for you or not? What would have happened if you didn’t step up to this role?

  3. What are some parts of your SHAPE that you have not yet been able to use? Be prepared to discuss this further with your group.


Read the “Lost at Sea” story below. Then complete column 1 of the ranking chart and answer the questions.

Lost at Sea

“Lost at Sea” Borrowed from: Grahame Knox

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 2.08.41 PM.png

You have chartered a yacht with three friends, for the holiday trip of a lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean. Because none of you have any previous sailing experience, you have hired an experienced skipper and two-person crew.

Unfortunately in mid Atlantic a fierce fire breaks out in the ship’s galley and the skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the blaze. Much of the yacht is destroyed and is slowly sinking.

Your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio equipment have been damaged in the fire. Your best estimate is that you are many hundreds of miles from the nearest landfall.

You and your friends have managed to save 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire. In addition, you have salvaged a four man rubber life craft and a box of Matches.

Your task is to rank the 15 items in terms of their importance for you, as you wait to be rescued. Place the number 1 by the most important item, the number 2 by the second most important and so forth until you have ranked all 15 items.


  1. What was your method for ranking each items?
  2. How confident are you in your choices?

Come to our next meeting prepared to complete this activity as a group.


Read the Leadercast Video Transcript:

“When Faced with Conflict, Lean In” with Hank Fortner



  1. Identify a time when you avoided a person or project due to feelings of tension or conflict. Looking back, how might you have faced that conflict?

  2. Name two or three instances in your life when you did not achieve the goal you set out to accomplish. Do you think that avoiding conflict contributed to any of these “failures?” If not, what common behavior might have been a cause or contributor?

  3. Hank believes that the best way to have a difficult conversation is to give empathy, not information, because “nobody changes their mind because you give him or her more information.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  4. Is this idea of leaning into conflict contradictory to or consistent with what you have been taught in the past? Explain


Read Romans 12:4-8 (Message)

“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.”


  1. In what ways does this passage translate to how we work with others, especially those who are different than we are?
  2. Have you had any difficulty with this in working with a group of people in the past?
  3. What are some common mistakes that are made when it comes to this idea of valuing all parts of a team or community?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAY (To be completed during group discussion)