As an INTJ, I like to take the knowledge that I gain from my formal and informal education and apply it in other areas of my life, including my quest to know God. During my time studying my Master’s in Public Health Education, God showed me how he applied the theory that I was learning in different situations in the Bible. After my second trimester, I began to see God as a Health Educator. As I analyzed different parts of the Bible, I began to see that God did individual, group, and community health education interventions with the Israelites and with Christians. I started to realize how important the Health Education profession was in the church.
When I started to incorporate what I was learning in my master’s degree in how I worked in my church, I found a certain degree of resistance and a rejection of the value that my professional opinion brought. It’s not surprising, because the culture doesn’t really promote the incorporation of your profession to your ministry. It’s a problem, because it restricts people’s effectiveness in the church. For me, as a Christian INTJ, it is paramount that who I am, what I stand for, and what I think is manifested in every area of my life. It’s important to me to give my everything to God, that includes my professional expertise.
I believe that if God uses Health Education theory in His work with Christians and Jews alike, then I should be able to use my profession in my work in the church, and the church should not only accept it but promote it.