Here is a quick StrengthsFinder primer for the local church.
Think in terms of what your members understand.. . The terms that StrengthsFinder uses are straightforward (for the most part) and easy to grasp. That is one reason that people are drawn to it. For example, I am a Maximizer. That does not take a lot of explanation. I also have the Spiritual Gift of Prophecy…and I constantly have to explain what that means!
These are not Spiritual Gifts… Your Strengths are just that, strengths. They are more connected to your personality profile (Introvert, Extrovert) and your natural abilities than to anything else. Think in terms of how someone is “wired” by God to be a part of this world. Everyone has strengths. Spiritual Gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to accomplish His work, which is particular to the building up the body of Christ.
They are useful in the local Church… how many times have you selected someone to serve in an area based on their personality? “We need friendly people greeting at the door on Sunday”. I have never heard a church leader say – “Leave the door empty until we find someone with the Spiritual Gifts of hospitality and giving (greeting and handing out a worship bulletin). Strengths are an effective way of identifying who will have the basic “stuff” to fit the role.
Put together a catalog… List the areas where you need people, and then list the Strengths that you believe will qualify someone. You will be surprised how many of your people will connect with the terminology of StrengthsFinder. There are churches that have developed very elaborate procedures for all of this, but it can also be done very simply.