Educator and counselor Corinne Ware, in Discover Your Spiritual Type (Alban, 1995), provides a framework for people to name and understand their spiritual experience in much the same way Myers-Briggs typology provides a framework for understanding personality type. Ware defines four spiritual types to help gain greater understanding of how we learn about, worship, and walk with God in our life of faith. All of these styles seek after God and desire to serve God and others. Each one simply takes a different route to get there.
The Four Spiritual Types:
- Type 1: Mind/Sage – Connects to God primarily through the reading, study and meditation on God’s word. A Mind person is drawn to the stories and information found in the scriptures and the Truth they reveal about the person of Jesus Christ. Mind persons desire to share the truth of God’s word and message of love with others in an orderly and logical manner. Prayer is guided and informed by Scripture.
- Type 2: Soul/Lover – Connects to God primarily through the experience of God through worship, music, and prayer. A Soul person is stirred at a deep emotional level, experiences a sense of the presence of God’s Spirit, and relates to the humanity of Jesus Christ. Soul persons desire to lead others into an experience of God and God’s presence. Prayer is a deeply emotive experience.
- Type 3: Mystic – Connects to God primarily through silence and contemplative disciplines. A Mystic person views God as greater that can be grasped by the mind and finds a deep connection by seeking silence and a measure of solitude to simply be with God. Mystics desire is to lead others into the mystery that is God. Silence is prayer.
- Type 4: Activist/Prophet – Connects to God primarily through serving others. An Activist sees Godin helping the poor, the mistreated and the disadvantaged and wants to participate with God to change the world. Activists desire to lead others into an experience of God by participating in God’s work in the world. Service is prayer.
*Please note, we likely will not fit in one neat little box that describes the total sum of how we relate to God. We instead will find ourselves leaning in a certain direction; we may like many things and experience God in many ways, but some ways are more meaningful and preferable than others