I am one of the most active youth people in my church. I am a musician that plays both percussion and melodic instruments, mainly without being able to rehearse before I do (because it’s not a big part of church culture). I also work with turning the altar projector and the screen on and off. I also am the person that administer the wireless microphone in the church. I am also the person that deals with turning the lights on and off during service, both for function reasons and for dramatic effects (regardless of whether I am asked to or not). I am also the person that deals with the sound system in the church.
I am also the person who the Youth Group leader chooses to do performance things when its last minute and she doesn’t have anyone else to count on. I also do it in regular church services, but I am someone in the youth group who has been counted on to do things in the church last minute and do it well… and without getting “nervous”. What does this all mean for an INTJ who sucks at improvisation? I have to plan how to do everything ahead of time.
For an INTJ, having parameters as to how to do things is very important. It’s what allows me to do something with “little preparation”. I have a theoretical model for everything from reading the Bible to giving a sermon and everything in between. I take time to think about how something should be done and always have the perspective that the theory has to take into account my church culture and who I am as a person. I always think about the impact that I want to have in the church pew whenever I cast out a vision for a particular task. It is based on that vision that I set out to create what I need to create. It’s part of what my strengths as an INTJ are, so I need to use it.
Part of my preparation is rehearsing in my mind what I am going to say… or at least what am I going to start with. I don’t always have time to rehearse every single thing, but I can rehearse the main elements so as to not be as lost in the performance.
I can write of how I tackle different performance ministries, but it all follows the same principles:
- Always be prepared.
- Have a theoretical framework to fall back on.
- Be sensitive to God’s expectations.
- Understand that the nervousness you might feel is normal because you are taking a risk. It will not last forever. Don’t let yourself be dominated by your fight or flight response.
- When asked to do something last minute, I always say yes so as to not look like a coward. Nothing to do with serving God, I know. But I have to be honest with my motivations. Do I want to serve God to the best of my abilities? Yes. Is this what I think when I am asked to do something? Nope.
- Always ask/seek feedback. If the feedback is good, which almost always is, it will increase your dopamine levels. If not, you can learn and be better next time. So there is no way to loose here.
- Find ways to do it better next time and ways to better your theoretical frameworks with the practice that you got.