We usually find it frustrating and discouraging to try and fulfill a role for which we do not have the gifts – it’s like being a square peg in a round hole. It is yet more condemning to feel completely inadequate in comparison with those who do seem to have these gifts.
Yet how good it seems when our gifts and temperament match our responsibilities and ministry. And how important that we should be sufficiently self-aware to understand our personality type, strengths and weaknesses.
Johnson’s book will come as a huge relief to those who have felt pressured into styles or systems of evangelism that did not match their personality, or who retreated from any sort of faith sharing because a particular and uncomfortable method was presented to them as ‘the only way’. Many would rather chew off their own ear than do door-to-door evangelism, for instance.
Got style: proposes that there are six very different methods of evangelism, based on six personality types. A simple self-assessment questionnaire enables you to find the one or two styles that especially match your personality. Johnson goes on to unpack each style, showing how it works and fits the way you think and communicate best. For each style, he explains its strength and weakness, gives biblical and contemporary case studies, and makes outreach suggestions. Here is a summary explanation by Johnson explaining his analysis.
We can also analyze how each style fits different areas of online evangelism – indeed, there’s a project to write up!