I retired from business and industry with over 30 years of experience using the instrument, DISC, to develop a personal profile for employees, supervisors, managers, and top executives. My career included working as training manager at Auto Mart of Nashville, Batesville Casket Co., Sverdrup Technologies, Kantus Corporation, Rand McNally, DOCUS Systems, and I retired from Quebecor World Printing where I was corporate director of training in this company with over 23,000 employees. My first job out of college was Assistant Superintendent in post-secondary education that was then called Nashville Area Vocational-Technical School.
The DISC profile system was a tool to identify one’s behavioral style, learn how to create an environment to help motivate others, increase one’s knowledge of different work styles, and most important of all, minimize potential conflicts with other employees.
I received several awards for the implementation of outstanding training programs using this instrument; such as, assessment for hiring management, ISO 9000 certification, Kizan shop floor improvement, technical education development for the Air Force (received their highest award), TQM program to reduce defects, received the National Member of the Year Award from the American Management Association in 1990, and National Certified Manager Distinguished Service Award in 1997 from ASTD.
How does this training apply to the Lord’s church? In business and industry, I found that 80% of the employees have the “S” style profile. The “S” style has characteristics that include: strives to maintain the status quo, difficulty with innovation, continues to do things the way they were always done, and holds onto past experiences. The strengths of this group are: dependable, loyal, hard working, persistent, systematic. This group’s weaknesses are slow to respond to others, will not share information, no sense of urgency to change the environment, let circumstances force decision making, highly possessive.
I have also used this instrument with church groups and in doing pre-marital counseling. I have found that 80% of church members have the ”S” style profile also. This might explain why there is so much apathy in the Lord’s church. This explains clearly why so many modern-day Christians have apathy concerning the Lord’s work and not letting their collective values be heard in the community, in the voting booth, public forum to confront sin. This also explains why many members will not standup and fight against the evil practices of homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, Sharia Law, political corruption, etc., because there is no urgency to change these situations.
This group has no desire to confront cultural issues and is the silent church majority. They prefer to let sin run rampant with all of its negative consequences in our society, because they are too busy with sports, concerts, travels, etc. and feel no sense of urgency to turn these issues around.
Their basic style calls for working as part of a closely-knit group and only helping those in that group and not going outside of it which might explain no church growth. They prefer to have things go along smoothly following the same patterns as they have in the past. They do not like to have a feeling of being burdened by too many responsibilities. They are sensitive individuals, can remember things that happened 30 years ago and tend to hold grudges. This group is steady, hard-working, and sincere; but have an attitude of indifference and no sense of urgency concerning calling out the sins of our society.
They do not see the big picture that the church and our society is in a battle for its very survival, and do not understand that if the globalists win, we will lose our religious freedom. The correct way to get this group more involved is to emphasize how their actions to stand up and speak up will enhance church practices to restore Christian values in our nation. Their children and grandchildren will thank them for helping stem the tide of corruption.