ISFJ


ISFJ congregation is typified by a primary desire for service and ministry to individual. It relates well to people who need it. In turn, this congregation gets great satisfaction from taking care of others by offering service that is gentle and helpful. It enjoys assisting the downtrodden and will be among the first to befriend a family in need. The ISFJ will also work within the social/political system to establish aid to the needy such as shelters for the homeless or local food pantries. This orientation to be a helper is augmented by the ISFJ congregation’s awareness of the value of material resources and abhorrence of waste. Consequently, it will not readily be aware of its own needs and will not easily replace tables or chairs with new ones, maintain facilities, or remodel the sanctuary. Facilities often can be judged as needing to be updated or at least given a coat of paint.


The congregation’s giving attitude has its down side, new members may have to prove themselves through participation and support in the service projects before they are fully accepted. On the other hand, new member will quickly be able to discern the rules they are to follow, how they are to act and where they are expected to participate.


With an eye to the past, the general posture will emphasize loyalty, consideration, and a common welfare. The worship of the ISFJ congregation will be “by the book”, traditional and not embellished. Adherence to tradition may leave the ISFJ being overly critical in this changing world. New hymnals, denominational mergers, or reforming constitutions could be traumatic. Change will have to come slowly and a little at a time.


The Serving Spirituality of the ISFJ congregation gives it a posture for developing a family-like atmosphere with an interest in the well-being of others. By operating in this spiritual posture it maintains a sense of right order and stability; members want to know who or what is right or wrong. Attention is given to every detail, including time. There is a thoroughness in its planning and projects which tend to be conducted in the service of others. There is an attitude of “this is important to do for the sake of others.” Organization and tradition are at their spiritual best when they foster a sense of family wherein members work to alleviate the suffering of others. Spirituality is in the doing, not in the hearing only. The Serving Spirituality of the ISFJ congregation engenders a morality based on understanding who or what is good or bad.  This will tend to lead to critical judgmental attitudes diminishing its ability to engage in serving others. Consistency and trust are essential and generate a focus on responsibility, past commitments, and traditions. The ISFJ congregation is grounded in what it believes as a community and how it acts on its beliefs through serving those in need.


DECISION MAKING

Decision making situations will be approached with the intent of finding a workable solution by first noting all the pertinent facts and details. This expression of the facts and details is based on a deeper concern for who is going to be personally affected by the decision or what impact the decision will have on the congregation. Decisions may be made too quickly and appear to be made in private. Because decisions will be situationally based, they will inconsistent and may lead to the congregation being out of compliance with its constitution. Finally, the ISFJ congregation is not interested in exploring all the possibilities or alternatives; the decision is apparent before that.