Today’s guest post is from Bloggernacle favorite EmJen who adapted an online quiz for a Mormon audience. I thought it would be interesting to see what forms of worship speak most to us, the Wheat & Tares audience, individually and collectively. Also, as you consider the results, are these typical for Mormons? Are there some forms of worship styles that are unlikely to fit in with our usual worship service construct? Does this contribute to disaffection and inactivity? Have our worship styles changed over time?
Instructions: Answer the below questions to the best of your ability. You may choose up to three answers in each of the five questions. Tally your score (by letter chosen) at the bottom. Then, report your score and any observations you have in comments.
The styles are listed below (scroll over them with your mouse to read them – they are in white text). Do the definitions resonate for you? Do you recognize anyone you know in any of these? Are there some styles you really dislike? Are there some you wish you were able to do more?
A. Intellectual – Loving God with the Mind: These Christians live in the world of concepts. They may feel closest to God when they first understand something new about Him.
B. Contemplative – Loving God through Adoration: These Christians seek to love God with the purest, deepest, and brightest love imaginable. They want nothing more than some privacy and quiet to gaze upon the face of their Heavenly Father and give all of themselves to God.
C. Enthusiast – Loving God with Mystery & Celebration: Excitement and mystery in worship is the spiritual lifeblood of enthusiasts. They are inspired by joyful celebration. They don’t want to just know concepts, but to experience them, to feel them, and to be moved by them. They like to let go and experience God on the precipice of excitement and awe.
D. Caregiver – Loving God by Loving Others: Caregivers serve God by serving others. They often claim to see Christ in the poor and needy, and their faith is built up by interacting with other people. Caring for others recharges a caregiver’s batteries.
E. Activist – Loving God Through Confrontation: These Christians define worship as standing against evil and calling sinners to repentance. They are energized more by interaction with others, even in conflict, than by being alone or in small groups. Activists are spiritually nourished through the battle.
F. Ministerial- Wanting to spread the word: The ministerial have the fire of the gospel and work hard to spread the good word of God. The constantly look for ways to do more missionary work.
G. Ascetic – Loving God in Solitude and Simplicity: Ascetics want nothing more than to be left alone in prayer. Let there be nothing to distract them–no pictures, no loud music–and leave them alone to pray in silence and simplicity.
H. Traditionalist – Loving God Through Ritual and Symbol: Traditionalists are fed by what are often termed the historic dimensions of faith: rituals, symbols, sacraments, and sacrifice. They tend to have a disciplined life of faith and have a need for ritual and structure.
I. Sensate – Loving God with the Senses: Sensate Christians want to be lost in the awe, beauty, and splendor of God. They are drawn particularly to the liturgical, the majestic, the grand. They want to be filled with sights, sounds, and smells that overwhelm them. The five senses are God’s most effective inroad to their hearts.
J. Naturalist – Loving God Out of Doors: The naturalist seeks to leave the formal architecture and the padded pews to enter an entirely new “cathedral”, a place that God himself has built: the out-of-doors.
K. Genealogist – Venerate one’s ancestors and wants to connect to them: The genealogist finds God and spiritual experiences as they work to seal their families together.