Christian Leaders Must Know Themselves to Serve God Well

Indigitous Nick and Ali

“The best gift you can give the people you lead is a healthy, energized, fully surrendered, focused self. And no one else can do that for you. You’ve got to do that yourself,” wrote Bill Hybels in a Christianity Today article, recounting some of the best advice that had been given to him by members of his church. That is why Quite Uncommon co-founders Ali Llewellyn and Nicholas Skytland gave a talk on self-leadership for the second week of Indigitous STEPS.

Indigitous STEPS is a six-week virtual program designed to provide pathways and community to the digital specialist who desires to use his or her digital skills for the Great Commission. Each week during STEPS, participants are given reading material to grow in a certain area followed by an online call with a subject matter expert. During the week, participants engage with each other and with mentors in real-time discussions on Slack.

Prior to the online call, Nick and Ali shared three assessment tools to help people access and understand their spiritual gifts, talents, and leadership styles. Focusing on three assessments, they asked participants to take the DISC personality test, the Myers-Briggs indicator, and the Enneagram assessment. Since God made each and every person unique, it honors God to better understand the person He has made and to improve your self-leadership through better self-awareness.

Early in the call, Nick addressed the question about whether or not a Christian, who is called to humility, should even aspire to leadership. “It’s so important for Christians to aspire to leadership,” Nick said, “so that we have Christian voices that are shaping the world around us, building the technology that we are all using and using our technology to reach our friends, our neighbors, and others with the Gospel.”

Ali then led a discussion about understanding our personalities and the unique person that God has created each of us to be. She talked about how struggled with feeling like an imposter when starting a new job where she felt under-educated because she was surrounded by engineers and scientists. “When I realized that the way I was uniquely made was valuable to the work of technology, all of the sudden it brought me in in a new way to contribute that,” she said.

Ali then went through the Myers-Briggs, DISC, and Enneagram, explaining the assessments and how they can be used to understand yourself better and lead better. Watch the full video below.


Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2)

  • Take the linked self-assessments
  • Share in the comments anything you learned about yourself through the assessments