ISFP


Music is worship for the ISFP congregation. The sensuous side is used to achieve an intensity of feeling. But, even when the deep feelings are achieved, they seldom are openly expressed. Worship is accented with the color and texture of visual arts. While worship is experiential, fellowship activities may not be a high priority for the ISFP congregation.


Being more of a free spirit than a team player, the ISFP congregation will be idealistic and independent. The leadership structure will tend to be underdeveloped and/or not consistently maintained. It will organize around tasks and projects. There will be little interest in long term commitments to maintain the structure of its polity. The orientation of this group is more to the present than to the past or future. It will not concern itself with being in step denominationally because it may tend to resist structures and rules, even as it needs denominational relationships to act as a rudder or a safety net. Its loyalty may rather be displayed as devotion to a loved person, usually the pastor. Even with deep feelings it may not be demonstrative and articulate about its loyalty. For this congregation, indeed, actions do speak louder than words. These actions will tend to be more because of a response to an immediate need than based on any long range plan or goal. It does not plan very well for the future. The ISFP will often underestimate and understate itself. It may be more self-critical than objective of others.


The posture of Serving Spirituality in the ISFP congregation tends to keep it response oriented. It is open-minded and tolerant and will address the needs of others. The ISFP congregation may find itself engaging in situational ethics and behaviors; responding differently depending on the needs and people concerned. The congregation finds purpose and meaning in what it accomplishes together, how it works and plays together. This congregation will see its mission as being the hands and feet of God in the world. Its Serving Spirituality engenders a morality based on, and limited by, an understanding of who or what is good or bad. This will tend to lead to critical judgments that will diminish its desire and ability for service. It responds best to tangible needs. Cooking for the annual ethnic heritage dinner, building for Habitat for Humanity, and participating  in  special  worship celebrations are expressions of servicing values, “what we do together.”


DECISION PROCESS

When the ISFP congregation faces a problem solving situation, it will primarily need to know who is being, or will be, affected by the problem and solution. This primary concern may not be visible as it openly seeks to gather and understand the details of a situation. Details as they relate to experiences of the congregation may be of prime importance. This congregation will try to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution. In terms of the perceived problem, it may not seriously explore other possibilities or solutions. It also will find it difficult to be consistent in following established policies and procedures.