Anticipating Future Skills Needed

Article by Daniel Riemenschneider, Administrative Pastor

The first-ever Identity Profile Self-Awareness Tool (IPSAT) course is in full force at Bloomingdale Church with 15 individuals being fully engaged with the support of five IPSAT coaches and table facilitators. They are on a guided discovery to understand what unique combination God has placed in each of them that set them apart—the unique combination of Personality, Strengths, Skills, Spiritual Gifts, and Passions.

During Week 3, the class was zoning in on Skills, and how they are different from Personality, Strengths, or Spiritual Gifts. That difference is choice as we have complete control over which skills we choose to develop.

A simple formula for understanding the skill-building process is:
Aptitude + Deliberate Practice + Time = Progress Toward Mastery

  • Aptitude: Innate capacity or predisposition for something (or a natural talent)
  • Deliberate Practice: Intentionally pushing ourselves beyond what is comfortable, using exercises or activities designed by someone with higher expertise, and responding positively to feedback about how to improve
  • Time: Consistent and repeated engagement that is sufficient to assess progress toward mastery

God masterfully put these skills in us because He knew we would need them, along with His power, to do good works He prepared in advance for us to do (see Ephesians 2:10). If you’re interested in finding out what you do best and how you can add value to others, the new 8-week course will start Oct 27, 9:45am in the North Building. Sign up and learn more about IPSAT here and let’s discover more of who God made you to be.

I will leave you with an example that I shared with my class on Week 4 of putting one’s own unique Skills to good use and adding value to others by anticipating future roles.