Welcome to the most accurate and robust spiritual growth self-assessment tool available. This spiritual assessment tool is based on a comprehensive personality research project completed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in 1994. The Air Force conducted the world’s first five factor research in 1961, and refined the model with further research in 1994. Although the Air Force focused primarily on defining personality factors and facets, the completed instrument is now so robust that it also measures virtually all the fruit of the Spirit, the classical sins of the flesh, vocational interests, ministry interests, team role potentials, preferred styles of behavior, and even enables the identification of potential personality dysfunctions. Although numerous personality models exist, the Five-Factor Model provides the ONLY research-based instrument for assessing personality, and the Air Force version provides the ONLY version that inherently measures spiritual growth. Please see Background of the Five Factor Model for more information about this particular version of the Five-Factor Model and how it relates to spiritual growth. To access this amazing tool, please access the five factor website at http://www.five-factor.com. Spiritual growth represents a multifaceted issue. That is, it includes many facets including the development of the “spiritual fruit” and elimination of the “sins of the flesh.” It means personal transformation at the core level. For more information on how to assess spiritual growth and how to apply the spiritual disciplines to affect spiritual growth, please see the following resources:

1. Integrated Spirituality: Spiritual Formation and the Five-Factor Model. This book provides background on how to integrate the spiritual disciplines with results from the five factor model to assess and stimulate spiritual growth. This tool not only measures spiritual growth, but also measures every personality factor and facet, the fruit of the spirit, the sins of the flesh, preferred styles of behavior, occupational interests, many emotional disorders51PgNop8J2L, and ministerial interests. This book explains the personality factors and the spiritual disciplines that affect each factor. To learn about the personality factor of Openness and how it affects worship behavior and styles, see Chapter 4, Openness. To learn about the personality factor of Conscientiousness and how it affects moral stability and failure, see Chapter 6, Conscientiousness. To order this book, please click on the book cover. Transforming Personality seminars are available for audiences of at least 50 pastors. Click here to request details.

2. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (by Richard Foster) 410Rraa1pPL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Please click on the book cover to order this book. 3. Spiritual formation retreats are hosted by Renovaré, a multi-discipline and cross-denominational organization started by Richard Foster. A list of these excellent retreats and other spiritual formation resources is available at http://www.renovare.org/what-we-do/conferences.

4. Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Llife in God (by Dallas Willard) 69333_w185Please click on the book cover to order this book.

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