One week from this Sunday, Kori and I will be flying to Atlanta for the PCA Church Planter Assessment Center. Our marriage, sense of call, giftedness, and contextual placement (i.e. in the North East) will be assessed and reassessed. They tell me it is like marriage counseling on steroids.
Here’s the thing – we’ve already been assessed just to be accepted at the Assessment Center. I haven’t liked what I’ve learned. It is actually quite funny: my life and personality don’t translate that well on paper. We have each filled out questionaires and personality tests (which will be interpreted for us on site). We received most of the results already, so that we might digest who we are on paper before we show up and discover who we are in person.
My wife is incredible… especially on paper. She received a personality report that sounded like this: “Quiet and discerning. Not needing to be the center of attention. Likely to enter a room and recognize people and needs. Unlikely to talk about herself before inquiring of others.” It went something like that. If you know Kori – that is right on.
I am not so incredible, especially on paper. My personality report sounded like this: “Energetic and strong in personality. May prefer to be the center of attention. Likely to enter a room desirous of sharing about himself before inquiring about others. Willing to persuade people that they might follow. May unintentionally offend others or step on toes as he engages in conversation. Prefers to lead independently.” OK, so maybe it wasn’t that bad – but it is no overstatement that I now have documented proof that I married way over my head.
It is sobering to read an accurate assessment of yourself in ink that cannot be erased. Maybe the qualities I read are normal/good for a leader, but it’s still sobering.
To be honest, I am used to reading an accurate self-assessment. Every time I read God’s Word it happens with acute clarity. I am a sinner. I am desperately wicked. I am gloriously redeemed. I am weak enough to need a Savior every moment for every breath throughout every day. Sobering but beautiful.
So I guess I am saying that I enjoy and presently prefer sober assessments, because in the newfound awareness I find myself thanking God all the more that he would give the grace of salvation and ministry (and a woman with the personality of Kori) to someone like me, even me.