You've Got Style

Rate each statement on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being the least true and 5 being the most true.
1. I feel closest to God when Iím surrounded by what he has made - the mountains, the forests, or the sea.
2. I enjoy attending a "high church" service with incense and formal Communion or Eucharist.
3. The words tradition and history are very appealing to me.
4. Taking an overnight retreat by myself at a monastery where I could spend large amounts of time alone in a small room, or praying to God and studying his Word, are activities I would enjoy.
5. I would like to awaken the church from its apathy.
6. I feel closest to God when I see him in the needy, the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned. I feel Godís presence most strongly when I am sitting quietly beside the bed of someone who is lonely or ill or taking a meal to someone in need. You can count on me to offer a ride or volunteer for helping activities.
7. God is an exciting God, and we should be excited about worshiping him. I donít understand how some Christians can say they love God, and then act like theyíre going to a funeral whenever they walk into church.
8. The words lover, intimacy, and heart are very appealing to me.
9. I feel close to God when I participate in several hours of uninterrupted study time - reading Godís Word or good Christian books and then perhaps having an opportunity to teach (or participate in a discussion with) a small group.
10. I feel cut off if I have to spend too much time indoors just listening to speakers or singing songs. Nothing helps me connect with God better than being outside.
11. Iíd have a difficult time worshiping in a church building that is plain and lacks a sense of awe or majesty. I have a difficult time worshiping through second-rate Christian art or music.
12. Participating in a formal liturgy or prayer-book service, developing symbols that I could place in my car, home, or office, and developing a Christian calendar for our family to follow are activities that I would enjoy.
13. I would really enjoy spending time on a night watch, taking a short vow of silence, simplifying my life.
14. I connect with God best when Iím cooperating with him in standing up for his justice: writing letters to government officials and newspaper editors, picketing at an abortion clinic, urging people to vote, or becoming familiar with current issues.
15. I grow weary of Christians who spend their time singing songs while a sick neighbor goes without a hot meal or a family in need doesnít get help fixing their car.
16. The words celebration and joy are very appealing to me.
17. I really enjoy having thirty minutes of uninterrupted time a day to sit in quiet prayer and enjoy his presence.
18. I spend more money on books than music tapes.
19. I would prefer to worship God by spending an hour beside a small brook than by participating in a group service.
20. The words sensuous, colorful, and aromatic are very appealing to me.
21. I would really enjoy developing a personal rule (or ritual) of prayer.
22. I feel closest to God when I am alone and there is nothing to distract me from focusing on his presence.
23. I get very frustrated if I see apathetic Christians who donít become active. I want to drop everything else Iím doing and help the church overcome its apathy.
24. The words service and compassion are very appealing to me.
25. I would enjoy attending a workshop on learning to worship through dance or attending several worship sessions with contemporary music. I expect that God is going to move in some unexpected way.
26. When I think of God, I think of love, friendship, and adoration more than anything else.
27. I connect with God best when I learn something new about him that I didnít understand before. My mind needs to be stimulated. Itís very important to me that I know exactly what I believe.
28. If I could escape to a garden to pray on a cold day, walk through a park on a warm day, and take a trip by myself to the mountains on another day, I would be very happy.
29. I would really enjoy using drawing, exercise or art to improve my prayer life.
30. I feel closest to God when Iím participating in a familiar form of worship that has memories dating back to my childhood. Rituals and traditions move me more than anything else.
31. I would describe my faith as more "internal" than "external."
32. The words courageous, confrontation and social activism are very appealing to me.
33. I sense Godís power when I am counseling a friend who has lost a job, preparing meals for or fixing the car of a family in need, or spending a week at an orphanage in Mexico.
34. I spend more money on music and worship tapes than books.
35. I would rather be alone with God, contemplating who he is, than participating in a formal liturgy or being distracted by a walk outside.
36. I get frustrated when the church focuses too much on feelings and spiritual experience. Of far more importance is the need to understand the Christian faith and have proper doctrine.
37. Seeing Godís beauty in nature is more moving to me than understanding new concepts, participating in a formal religious service, or participating in social causes.
38. I feel closest to God when Iím in an environment that allows my senses to come alive - when I can see, smell, hear, and almost taste his majesty.
39. Individualism within the church is a real danger. Christianity is a corporate faith, and most of our worship should have a corporate expression.
40. The words silence, solitude, and discipline are very appealing to me.
41. Activities like confronting a social evil, attending a meeting to challenge the new curriculum before the local school board, and volunteering on a political campaign are important to me.
42. I would rather nurse someone to health or help someone repair their house than teach an adult Sunday school class, go on a prayer and fasting retreat, or take a lonely walk in the woods.
43. I connect with God best when my heart is sent soaring and I feel like I want to burst, worship God all day long, and shout out his name. Celebrating God and his love is my favorite form of worship.
44. The most difficult times in my faith are when I canít feel Godís presence within me.
45. The words concepts and truth are very appealing to me.

Final Results

Naturalists Draw near to God through nature.

Sensates draw near to God through the senses.

Traditionalists draw near to God through ritual and symbol.

Ascetics draw near to God through solitude and simplicity.

Activists draw near to God through bringing about social change.
Caregivers draw near to God through caring for and serving others.

Enthusiasts draw near to God through celebration and mystery.

Contemplatives draw near to God through personal adoration and heartfelt devotion.

Intellectuals draw near to God through their minds.

Taken from SACRED PATHWAY - HC by GARY L. THOMAS. Copyright © 2000 by Gary L. Thomas. Used by permission of The Zondervan Corporation.