What Is Your Worship Style? (Quiz!)

By: Guest
March 3, 2012

Today’s guest post is from Bloggernacle favorite EmJen who adapted an online quiz for a Mormon audience.  I thought it would be interesting to see what forms of worship speak most to us, the Wheat & Tares audience, individually and collectively.  Also, as you consider the results, are these typical for Mormons?  Are there some forms of worship styles that are unlikely to fit in with our usual worship service construct?  Does this contribute to disaffection and inactivity?  Have our worship styles changed over time?

Instructions:  Answer the below questions to the best of your ability. You may choose up to three answers in each of the five questions.  Tally your score (by letter chosen) at the bottom.  Then, report your score and any observations you have in comments.

Which words most appeal to you? (choose up to three sets of words)

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How do you best connect with God? (choose your top three answers)

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What inspires your spirituality? (choose up to three)

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What frustrates you? (Choose your top three)

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What best describes you? (Choose the three most applicable)

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The styles are listed below (scroll over them with your mouse to read them - they are in white text).  Do the definitions resonate for you?  Do you recognize anyone you know in any of these?  Are there some styles you really dislike?  Are there some you wish you were able to do more?

A. Intellectual – Loving God with the Mind:  These Christians live in the world of concepts. They may feel closest to God when they first understand something new about Him.
B. Contemplative – Loving God through Adoration:  These Christians seek to love God with the purest, deepest, and brightest love imaginable. They want nothing more than some privacy and quiet to gaze upon the face of their Heavenly Father and give all of themselves to God.
 
C. Enthusiast – Loving God with Mystery & Celebration:  Excitement and mystery in worship is the spiritual lifeblood of enthusiasts. They are inspired by joyful celebration. They don’t want to just know concepts, but to experience them, to feel them, and to be moved by them. They like to let go and experience God on the precipice of excitement and awe.
 D. Caregiver – Loving God by Loving Others:  Caregivers serve God by serving others. They often claim to see Christ in the poor and needy, and their faith is built up by interacting with other people. Caring for others recharges a caregiver’s batteries.
E. Activist – Loving God Through Confrontation:  These Christians define worship as standing against evil and calling sinners to repentance. They are energized more by interaction with others, even in conflict, than by being alone or in small groups. Activists are spiritually nourished through the battle.
F. Ministerial- Wanting to spread the word:  The ministerial have the fire of the gospel and work hard to spread the good word of God. The constantly look for ways to do more missionary work.
G. Ascetic – Loving God in Solitude and Simplicity:  Ascetics want nothing more than to be left alone in prayer. Let there be nothing to distract them–no pictures, no loud music–and leave them alone to pray in silence and simplicity. 
H. Traditionalist – Loving God Through Ritual and Symbol:  Traditionalists are fed by what are often termed the historic dimensions of faith: rituals, symbols, sacraments, and sacrifice. They tend to have a disciplined life of faith and have a need for ritual and structure.
I. Sensate – Loving God with the Senses:  Sensate Christians want to be lost in the awe, beauty, and splendor of God. They are drawn particularly to the liturgical, the majestic, the grand. They want to be filled with sights, sounds, and smells that overwhelm them. The five senses are God’s most effective inroad to their hearts.
J. Naturalist – Loving God Out of Doors:  The naturalist seeks to leave the formal architecture and the padded pews to enter an entirely new “cathedral”, a place that God himself has built: the out-of-doors. 
K.  Genealogist - Venerate one’s ancestors and wants to connect to them:  The genealogist finds God and spiritual experiences as they work to seal their families together. 

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14 Responses to What Is Your Worship Style? (Quiz!)

  1. Course Correction on March 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I think attendance at Mormon meetings would improve if leaders gave this quiz to members–and then paid attention to the answers!

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  2. MH on March 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I love EmJen! So glad to see you here!

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  3. Syphax on March 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I loved this quiz and really do think it’s useful to me. I think we too readily adopt an attitude of “If it’s not working for you, you’re doing it wrong.” We need to recognize that certain things work for some people but not others. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, perhaps we could learn to incorporate more variety in the things we do.

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  4. prometheus on March 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Well, I have to say the Intellectual / Contemplative combo fits me to a T. To each their own, though – if everyone were like me it would be a rather dull and unexciting world. :D

    I think the important thing is that we recognize that each person will approach Father and Mother differently, and that that is not wrong.

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  5. Toni on March 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    That was fun. Thanks for the quiz.

    I was surprised to see that I came up as a naturalist. Contemplative and Ascetic (which tied for second) were less surprising.

    I never thought I’d be the kind of person that didn’t really prefer the church building to worship in.

    Fun. We should have more of these quizzes here.

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  6. Anselma on March 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I was largely intellectual, with tradition and natural vying for second place. It was really neat that W&T decided to post this quiz; I feel like I learned something useful about how I can get more out of my religious practice. Thanks!

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  7. hawkgrrrl on March 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I really liked this too. I came out Intellectual then Naturalist, and lastly Enthusiastic. I wasn’t really turned off by any of the categories, although I didn’t have a single answer that was Ministerial, Ascetic, Traditionalist or Genealogical (they just weren’t what resonated most for me).

    Some of these styles are clearly more prevalent in other religions: Hinduism is very Sensate. Baha’i is very Naturalist. And while many would probably consider Mormonism Traditionalist, it is perhaps less so than Catholicism or Anglicanism. Mormonism is almost anti-Sensate, though. We don’t have incense or candles. We have bread (often Wonder Bread) and tap water for our sacrament. The only smell I associate with our churches is nursery room disinfectant and the smell that makes me go looking for nursery room disinfectant. Otherwise, it seems to me that we have a very sterile and sensorily bland environment.

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  8. el oso on March 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Hawk,
    You don’t associate the smell of funeral potatoes with church?

    All,
    I think that the ‘nacle selects for those who have Intellectual tendencies. In church leadership I see Intellectual, Traditional and Ministerial as the most common. Much of the “basics of the gospel” is also oriented that way.

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  9. Rich Alger on March 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    I enjoyed this a lot. Here are a couple of notes I made though.

    How do you best connect with God?
    “When I learn something new about God that I didn’t understand before”
    I wish this said something like. “When I learn something about the nature of God that He wants be to become like. Something that nourishes me and opens my eyes to family and realtionships with friends that teaches me the joy that comes from being in the fellowship of the saints.”

    What inspires your spirituality?
    If I could escape to a garden to pray on a cold day, walk through a park on a warm day, and take a trip by myself to the mountains on another day, I would be very happy.
    This keeps reminding me of someone resentful that they don’t have time to do this. I love to garden and see plants grow and eat delicious tomatoes and Citrus. I love it. The goodness I experience helps me relate to the metaphors of Alma 32. I especially love that my wife loves it. Sharing nature with a loved one somehow heightens the goodness I have felt.

    What frustrates you?
    Instead of “I would prefer to worship God by spending an hour beside a small brook than by participating in a church service.”
    This reflects my feelings more. Sometimes I feel like our lives are so planned and filled up. I want more time to quietly reflect on God. I want more time to spend leisurely exploring life with my wife, children and friends.

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  10. EmJen on March 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Thanks Hawkgrrrl for configuring/posting this here for online consumption. I prepared this for a Relief Society lesson a few years back and the sisters in my ward similarly enjoyed taking it.

    Of course I had to caveat it with a “this is a type of magazine quiz” with no hint of “official” in any results. But it is fun with a dash of “hmm, that actually makes a lot of sense.”

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  11. prometheus on March 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    And on further reflection, the caregiver aspect, which I feel is incredibly important, is at the same time, probably the one I struggle with the most. Food for thought……

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  12. Joseph S. on March 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Naturalist Intellectual Activist. It fits me. Good quiz.

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  13. Aaron R. on March 5, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    I came out with Intellectual & Care-giver. I found this quite interesting but some of the questions were more difficult to answer than others.

    This does raise the issue of how we find God and what type of worship engages us.

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  14. NewlyHousewife on March 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    This was fun. The popular answers don’t shock me a bit. ;)

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