5% of Final Grade
The S.E.R.V.E. Profile is a 5-part self-discovery process that integrates spiritual reflection, social observation, life experiences, passions and personality in order for individuals to have deeper clarity around who they are, how they have been created, how they show up relationally and what their passions are in order to move into spaces, both personally and professionally of greater influence and satisfaction.
Strengthening our servant leadership capacities always involves reflection, curiosity and evaluation. It is a life-long refining process that becomes richer and more robust as we gain invaluable life experiences and filter those experiences through thoughtful contemplation.
Take time to go through each section thoroughly, leaving space to think, reflect and take notes. It may be helpful to work on only one section per day, thereby not rushing the process and allowing yourself time to consider the questions and your responses more fully.
This assignment is divided into two parts:
Part 1: S.E.R.V.E. Profile Evaluative Assessment: Part 1 takes you through the five evaluative sections where you will take notes, write down ideas, responses and further questions you may have. There will be one or two prompts in each section to ignite your thinking.
This section is for you to work on individually and will not be handed in. However, the professor may ask to see your work for clarity or further discussion.
Part 2: S.E.R.V.E Profile Presentation: Part 2 asks you to create a PowerPoint presentation of your unique S.E.R.V.E Profile. It should include some key information from all 5 areas as well as key learning you discovered about yourself through this process. Make it fun. Make it serious. Make it reflect YOU and who you are.
This section (Part 2) only will be graded.
Part 1: S.E.R.V.E Profile Evaluative Assessment
Spiritual Gifts: Those gifts God gives you to empower you for service. If you are not a Christian, consider how your own faith/ beliefs might look at the ways in which you uniquely live, work and relate to others.
In the Christian faith, the Biblical scriptures teach us that we have all been given important and meaningful work to do while we are on earth (Ephesian 2:10).
And furthermore, we have not been left on our own to figure it all out! God has created within us what we need to do the work we are called to do. And part of the maturing process is discovering, nurturing and using those gifts in service to God and others.
Read through the following list of spiritual gifts as found in the Biblical scriptures. Circle, highlight or take notes about the ones that catch your attention, the ones that seem to fit who you think yourself to be or whom others often say you are. There are no right or wrong answers.
We typically have one primary spiritual gift and a couple of secondary gifts.
Leadership—Leadership aids the body/ organization/ team by leading and directing members to accomplish the goals and purposes of the church or organization. Leadership motivates people to work together in unity toward common goals (Rom. 12:8). Leadership is influence.
Administration—Persons with the gift of administration lead the body/organization by steering others to remain on task. Administration enables the body/organization to organize according to its purposes and long- term goals (1 Cor. 12:28).
Teaching—Teaching is instructing people in the truths and doctrines of God’s Word for the purposes of building up, unifying, and maturing the body (1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11). The gift of teaching can also transcend the church and can actively be found in any instructing/ teaching capacity.
Knowledge—The gift of knowledge manifests itself in teaching and training in discipleship. It is the God-given ability to learn, know, and explain the precious truths of God’s Word. A word of knowledge is a Spirit-revealed truth (1 Cor. 12:28).
Wisdom—Wisdom is the gift that discerns the work of the Holy Spirit in the body and applies the teachings and actions to the needs of the body/ organization (1 Cor. 12:28). Wisdom distinguishes the right course of action from many possible options and utilizes experience, knowledge and good judgment simultaneously.
Prophecy—The gift of prophecy is that of proclaiming the Word of God boldly. It builds up the body and leads to conviction of sin. Prophecy manifests itself in preaching and teaching (1 Cor. 12:10; Rom. 12:6).
Discernment—Discernment aids the body/ organization by recognizing the true intentions of those within or related to the body. Discernment tests the message and actions of others for the protection and well-being of the body (1 Cor. 12:10). Discernment is the ability to judge well.
Exhortation—Possessors of this gift encourage members to be involved in, and enthusiastic about, the work of the Lord. Members with this gift are good counselors and motivate others to service. Exhortation exhibits itself in preaching, teaching, and ministry (Rom. 12:8). It is the ability to urge others onto excellence, an emphatic and deep encouragement to others to do their best, excel, finish well and be bold.
Shepherding—The gift of shepherding is manifested in persons who look out for the spiritual welfare of others. Although pastors, like shepherds, do care for members of the church, this gift is not limited to a pastor or staff member (Eph. 4:11). Shepherding outside the church is the sense of responsibility to others to guide, coach and direct others in meaningful ways for their benefit, not your own.
Faith—Faith trusts God to work beyond the human capabilities of the people. Believers with this gift encourage others to trust in God in the face of apparently insurmountable odds (1 Cor. 12:9). The gift of faith can model for others deep purpose beyond the present circumstances.
Evangelism—God gifts his church with evangelists to lead others to Christ effectively and enthusiastically. This gift builds up the body by adding new members to its fellowship (Eph. 4:11). Outside of the church, an evangelist is a committed participant in any type of movement/organization and you firmly believe in what the movement/ organizations stands for and you enthusiastically promote it every chance you get.
Apostleship—The church sends apostles from the body to plant churches or be missionaries. Apostles motivate the body to look beyond its walls to carry out the Great Commission (1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11). The Greek root of this word means, “the sent ones”.
Service and Helps—Those with the gift of service and helps recognize practical needs in the body/ organization and joyfully give assistance to meeting those needs. Christians with this gift do not mind working behind the scenes (1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7).
Mercy—Cheerful acts of compassion characterize those with the gift of mercy. Persons with this gift aid the body/ organization by empathizing with hurting members. They keep the body/ organization healthy and unified by keeping others aware of the needs within the church (Rom. 12:8).
Giving—Members with the gift of giving give freely and joyfully to the work and mission of the body. Cheerfulness and liberality are characteristics of individuals with this gift (Rom. 12:8).
Hospitality—Those with this gift have the ability to make visitors, guests, and strangers feel at ease. They sometimes use their homes to entertain guests. Persons with this gift integrate new members into the body/ organization (1 Pet. 4:9).
REFLECT: Which of these spiritual gifts rings true for you? Which ones can you identify with and which ones are not at all like you? Take a highlighter or pen and circle words or phrases that best describe you or what other people would say best describe you. Write down any thoughts or further reflections you have on this section.
Further reading on this topic:
Understanding spiritual gifts: https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/what-are-spiritual-gifts-understanding-the-types-and-discovering-yours.html
Experiences: Consider those events that have had a great impact on your life, your thinking and behaviours, what are sometimes called, “spiritual markers”.
Dr. Henry Blackaby (1990) states that a spiritual marker “identifies a time of transition, decision, or direction when I clearly know that God has guided me”.
Spiritual markers remind you that God is at work in your history, your past and the unfolding present. Remembering these markers helps you to see God’s work in your life. If you are not a Christian, think of important events that shaped you, that have had a deeper meaning than simply the event itself and hold some kind of other worldly meaning.
REFLECT: Can you think of any markers, spiritual or other, that have a deeper meaning and have impacted you and shaped you as the person you are today? Write them down here but also think about HOW they affected you, HOW they affected those around you, what you THOUGHT before, during and after that marker. Examples could include a mystical encounter with God, a painful event you lived through, a joyful relationship that changed you, etc… Try to recall at least 2 or 3 such events.
Further reading on this topic:
Spiritual Markers: https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-blogs/156955-alvin_reid_spiritual_markers.html
Relational style: How you relate to others is fundamental to how you serve as a leader.
Because leadership involves influencing others for the common good, knowing how God has molded your temperament is key to knowing your leadership style. Knowing the style of others allows you to meet their relational needs. Moreover, understanding the relational needs of other people helps you to communicate with them and to lead them more effectively.
A four-category model that has been utilized for understanding your relational style is often adapted in the Christian world based on the model purposed by Ken Voges (1980). But DiSC theory has been around since the 1920s (www.discprofile.com) and is a helpful tool for you as you honestly assess the strengths and weaknesses of your relational style.
D = “dominance” style:
Works toward achieving goals and results; functions best in active, challenging environments.
Strengths of this style: Direct; Active; Decisive
Weakness of this style: Too controlling; Hates routine; Hates detail
I = “influencing” style:
Works toward relating to people through verbal persuasion; functions best in friendly, favorable environments.
Strengths of this style: Gregarious; Enthusiastic; Extremely flexible
Weaknesses of this style: Forgets the goal; poor follow-through; Overlooks details
S = “steadiness” style:
Works toward supporting and cooperating with others; functions best in supportive, harmonious environments.
Strengths of this style: Cooperative; Deliberate: Supportive
Weaknesses of this style: Fails to confront; Dislikes change; Too compromising
C = “conscientious” style:
Works toward doing things right and focuses on details; functions best in structured, orderly environments.
Strengths of this style: Detailed; Conscientious; Cautious
Weaknesses of this style: Inflexible; Rigid; Indecisive
WATH THIS Watch this short video to better understand how each of these personality styles show up in the everyday world https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=yv_RMzmAlOQ
Image retrieved from http://www.careerminds.com/blog/the-disc-assessment-the-job-seeker.html
REFLECT: Using the descriptions above that best describe you and how others would describe you, personalize your DISC style (generally) by reflecting, looking at the descriptors, thinking of situations where you have worked or been part of a team and consider the following prompts:
I tend to lean towards (use the descriptors above to answer this prompt)…
I function best in ___________________________________ environments.
I am energized when…
I have no energy when…
My ideal day looks like …
How does my relational style relate to servant leadership?
How can my own God-given temperament be used to make a difference in my workplace? School? Faith community? Social community? Family?
Note that each style has both strengths and weaknesses. No single style can meet every need. God intentionally created a variety of styles, none being more important or more needed than another. All gifts and strengths are important to the overall servant leadership mindset and organization.
At the same time, each strength, when out of control, can become a weakness. And weaknesses should not become excuses for failure. Diversity in styles will inevitably create conflict. That is why we, as servant leaders, must always strive for harmony, honesty and sober self-awareness amongst the diversity and inclusion of those who differ from us relationally. We do this in order to balance teams and provide a rich assortment of strengths and giftedness to help us accomplish together what we could not do alone.
Further reading on this topic:
A short history of DiSC theory development: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZprBKSsew
Vocational skills: Vocational skills are those abilities you have gained through training and experience, work, volunteering and serving in a variety of capacities.
Our English word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, which means “to call.” A vocation, then, is what one feels called to do with his or her life. Vocation has come to mean any profession or occupation but is deeper than merely a job or a career. It represents what you were made to do in life – what excites you and gets you up in the morning.
In the Biblical scriptures in the New Testament, the writer Paul encouraged the Christians in the city of Ephesus to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph. 4:1). He was not talking about their jobs. Rather he encouraged them to adopt a lifestyle consistent with who they were in Christ. Paul himself was a tent-maker and he used his vocation of tent-making to support his calling of teaching and preaching.
Calling, as presented in the Bible, is one’s position in relation to Jesus, not one’s position in relation to the world. It’s an identity not tied to success or money or prestige but to the call of service that Jesus modeled while here on earth and continues to invite us to join him in that journey.
Whatever your vocation, your calling is to live worthy of all that God has intended for you. In Colossians, Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men or women. . . . It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24). Whatever you do, God calls you to live as a child of God and to bring honor to God through your actions.
REFLECT: Vocational skills are those skills you have acquired to do your career or hobbies. Make an inventory of the skills you have right now (not what you hope to have but what you possess right now). For example, are you good at baking? Can you fix cars? Do you love to take photos and share them? Are you a good speaker?
REFLECT: Take time to imagine how God can use the skills you listed above for a greater purpose – to do something meaningful to help make this world a better place. Be creative as you consider how you can use your skills in such a way.
Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is the passion that God has put in your heart for certain people, places, ideas, work, leisure or learning.
Did you know where the word enthusiasm came from?
“From Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos “divine inspiration, enthusiasm (produced by certain kinds of music, etc.),” from enthousiazein “be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy,” from entheos “divinely inspired, possessed by a god. It acquired a derogatory sense of “excessive religious emotion through the conceit of special revelation from God” (1650s) under the Puritans; generalized meaning “fervor, zeal” (the main modern sense) is first recorded 1716.”
Retrieved from https://www.etymonline.com/word/enthusiasm
The Greeks believed that a god could enter a person and inspire or enthuse him or her. Enthusiasm takes on the meaning “God in you.” While the Greek word for enthuse is not found in the New Testament, the emphasis on God’s presence that energizes the believer is a recurring theme (John 14:20; 20:21-22; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
The Bible is clear that God’s Holy Spirit is the source of passion for God’s mission within the follower of Jesus. The writer Paul declared it is “Christ in you” that is “the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). We do not generate hope on our own. God energizes us with the living Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will be our Counselor and “guide you into all truth” (John 16:7,13).
Passion and enthusiasm come from God. And a servant leader models this by living a passion infused life. Even if you are not a follower of Jesus, you can be a passionate, servant-led leader that makes a difference in the lives of all whom you encounter.
Leading will be full of challenges and disappointment. People will criticize you. Sometimes they will question your motives. Many times it will feel lonely. But do not let your enthusiasm grow weary!
REFLECT: Consider what things you are most passionate about and why.
REFLECT: Consider how you might answer the following prompts based upon your previous observations and reflections:
Is there something that I do now or could do now for God or for others that excites me, makes my heart beat faster or gives me hope or energy?
If I accomplish one thing in this world it would be _______.
Further reading on this topic:
Benefits of serving with passion https://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/205135
Roger Hill – A passion for cooking and serving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCdZ3HZsNc4
Part 2: S.E.R.V.E Profile Presentation:
Part 2 asks you to create a PowerPoint presentation of your unique S.E.R.V.E Profile.
It should include some learning you discovered about yourself through this process. Make it fun. Make it serious. Make it reflect YOU and who you are.
Bernock, D. (2019, May 8). Understanding spiritual gifts [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/what-are-spiritual-gifts-understanding-the-types-and-discovering-yours.html
Blackaby, H. & King, C. V. (1990). Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Nashville, TN: Convention Press.
DiSC Website. (2015). Retrieved from www.discprofile.com
Idossou, S. (2016, Nov. 8) Benefits of serving with passion. The New Times. Retrieved from https://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/205135
Immanuel, (2016, Dec.28). Roger Hill – A passion for cooking and serving. [Video file]. Retrieved from
People Keys (2012, May 30). People are predictably different. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZprBKSsew
Prepared by God to S.E.R.V.E. (n.d.) Retrieved from www.lbc.org/WorkArea/downloadasset.aspx?id=4504
Reid, A. (2011, Nov.29). Spiritual Markers [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-blogs/156955-alvin_reid_spiritual_markers.html
Voges, K & Braud, R. (1980). Understanding How Others Misunderstand You. Chicago, IL: Moody.
Wilkes, C.G. (1998). Jesus on leadership. Timeless wisdom on servant leadership. Carol Stream, IL: Lifeway.
GRADING RUBRIC: (10 points weighted at 5% of final grade)
Grading Rubric for Critical Thinking, Reflection and Application (5 pts):
|Emerging (0-1pts)||Developing (2-3 pts)||Mastering (4-5 pts)|
|Students respond to question(s) with a basic understanding of the question(s), little to no critical thinking, little to any application of ideas, little to any use of supporting evidence or examples.||Students demonstrate some understanding of the questions(s), some critical thinking, application of basic ideas, and use of evidence (citations and/ or personal examples).||Students demonstrate exemplary understanding of the question (s) advanced use of critical thinking, application of ideas and use of evidence (citations and/ or personal examples).|
Grading Rubric for Composition, Creativity and Style (5 pts):
|Emerging (0-1pts)||Developing (2-3 pts)||Mastering (4-5pts)|
|Sequence of ideas is difficult to follow, no clear point, poor word choice, no or poorly used source text (doesn’t use “they say/ I say” pattern). Little creativity in language, expression or presentation evident.||Logical sequence of ideas that is fairly easy to follow; clear points’ fairly good word choice; fairly well used source text (makes some use of the “they say/ I say” pattern). Some creativity in expression, language and presentation evident.||Exemplary organization of ideas that is very easy to follow; strong points, well-chosen words, very thoughtful use of the source text (uses “they say/ I say” pattern). Thoughtful use of creativity in presentation, content, language and expression of ideas.|