My Advice for Two Very Different People Wanting to Partner Together in Ministry

Ron Edmondson | 2/19/2019 | Ron Edmondson
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Someone I know reached out to me about church planting. That’s not unusual, since I’ve planted a couple churches previously.

Here’s the backend story before I share our dialogue.

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His question had to do with working with others – forming a partnership with someone in ministry. I have a little experience here. I’ve done this in ministry – having a “co-pastor” arrangement. Also, during the transition between the vocational and business world, I had a unique opportunity several times to help several people in the business world onboard a partnership relationship.

Because of previous posts on introverts, this person also knows we assess the same way on the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. We are both INTJ’s.


Here’s his specific question:


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As an INTJ, would you feel good co-planting with an ENFP? Good complimentary roles?

I’ve done some research and there seems to be some natural synergy but curious if you’ve had experience with it personally.



Dear name withheld,

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Just so you know, when I take time to answer questions like this it often leads to a blog post.

First, let me be clear I would not refuse to serve with someone based on his or her personality type. I have partnered with people opposite of me several times in the past and it worked. Plus, I’ve counseled many more couples getting married and each one was extremely different. I happen to married to someone in many ways wired completely opposite from me.

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But it would cause me to ask “bigger” questions of each other. And I think you can apply these questions to...
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