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The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality

9 Spiritual Styles: How do you most naturally connect with God?

The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality portrays nine spiritual styles and helps every believer identify which one is the most natural way for them to connect with God: the sensory, rational, doctrinal, Scripture-driven, sharing, ascetic, enthusiastic, mystical or sacramental style. Based on this fundamental discovery, the book outlines a growth path resulting in passion, balance, and maturity.

The Spiritual Style Test:

Identify your personal "antenna" to God

The Trinitarian Compass:

Grow toward radical balance in your spiritual life

Mutual Mentoring:

Learn from God's truth, goodness, and beauty in other believers

Take the 3 Colors of Your Spirituality Spiritual Style Test

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Imagine all people who have taken the Spiritual Style Test as members of a "virtual monastery"—a web-based community of individuals encompassing many different spiritual styles and traditions. Since all of them have taken the Spiritual Style Test, they share a common language and a paradigm that helps them interact in ways that stimulate mutual learning and inspire spiritual growth.

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This website connects you with all necessary tools to make this kind of "monastery" a reality:

  • The Spiritual Style Test as eTest, which makes it easier than ever before to take the test in larger groups of people, in which you will discover representatives of all nine styles. Once these people have been identified, the website helps you to launch processes of mutual learning. The eTest option will be particularly attractive for those who are interested in discovering their spiritual style, but are not necessarily motivated to study extensive books.
  • All of the tools on this website reflect experiences based on work with more than 70,000 churches in more than 80 countries and 100 denominations around the globe. The Spiritual Style Test—and the NCD Community as a whole—doesn’t try to win you for one specific model of building the church, but strives to support you to become more effective, whatever your starting point and goals may be.
  • Processes of Mutual Mentoring are at the heart of the Trinitarian Monastery. You can apply Mutual Mentoring both in the area of your native spiritual style, and—once you are secure enough in your own spirituality—in the styles opposite to your own. Mutual Mentoring can be conducted both with members of your own church and beyond.
  • The website shows you how to make spiritual style discovery a church-wide endeavor. You don’t have to stretch out to other denominations in order to discover those styles you may not be familiar with. Conduct the Spiritual Style Test with thirty people in your own church, and the chances are high that you will discover representatives of all nine spiritual styles.
  • Never before has it been as easy to share your spiritual experiences with others, and to invite others into the process. You can decide yourself whether you would like to focus on people within your own church, movement, or country, or whether you would like to move beyond those boundaries.
  • This website provides all necessary tools for the Passion Compass—a powerful spiritual exercise that can be conducted on the level of a small group, a local church, or even a conference with several thousand participants.

The Trinitarian Monastery has been designed to unburden the local church. It is unrealistic to expect every church to support all nine spiritual styles at the same time and with the same consistency. Through the Trinitarian Monastery this task can be “outsourced,” so to speak. With the help of this website, a church can support its members even in those areas that are not its own spiritual strengths.

All of the features mentioned above are already available, and can be put into practice right away. For the future, as soon as a sufficient number of people have taken the Spiritual Style Test, we will be able to provide even more ways of web-based learning that will demonstrate how the body of Christ can function at its best within an increasingly globalized world.

28 Days of Discipline is a free daily email subscription for helping you grow in one of the 9 spiritual styles.

Rituals and repitition

This training process draws upon the value of ritual and repetition in learning. You will repeat six of the daily disciplines each week, but ideally as a progressively changing person with a fresh perspective each time around.

Stretching further

On one day each week, you will undertake a more challenging discipline intended to stretch your growth even further and help you into a deeper and broader relationship with God.

Training together

As the same discipline is sent out on a given day to everyone subscribed to a particular spiritual style no matter when they start the process, consider encouraging a friend to subscribe to the same or a different style so that you can share your experiences along the way.

We will never share your email address. You may unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of each email. For more information, view our privacy policy.

Helping a friend, your family, small group, team, or congregation discover their spiritual styles will release a new level of passion, confidence and reverence in the people around you. The Spiritual Style Test makes this a simple and inexpensive exercise to get underway.

Below you will find step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process that will result in your participants receiving their own Spiritual Style Personal Profile. It will also automatically deliver copies of those profiles back to you (as the sponsor of the process) so that you can produce a Spiritual Style Group Profile, giving you the big picture of the spiritual styles represented in your group. In addition, you will find below some optional suggestions for enhancing the overall experience even further, as well as some ideas of the kind of Spiritual Style discovery groups you could bring together.

If you would like to proceed with this process, you'll want to refer to this instruction page at various times along the way. So, bookmark this page in your web browser, using its bookmark icon or bookmark menu at the top of your screen.

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The steps

  1. Visit the intro page for the Spiritual Style Test to see a sample of the Spiritual Style Personal Profile. You may like to share that page with others who should be involved in the decision-making processes.
  2. Obtain sufficient eTest tokens for your group. You will need 1 token for each person who wishes to take the test. Significant volume discounts apply. View volume discounts and obtain tokens.
  3. Collect the names and email addresses of those who will be taking the Spiritual Style Test. If you don't already have those details, you could ask all those involved to send you an email to an email address you specify. That way you will have their email address in the "From" field of the email they send to you.
  4. Make sure that you are logged in to your account on the "3 Color World" website.
  5. Having collected a list of names and email addresses, invite them to take the Spiritual Style Test. The test involves them responding to a series of questions about themselves and usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Whenever someone completes their Spiritual Style Test, you will receive a notification via email and their result will automatically be shared back to your account, since you are the sponsor of the exercise. The invitation email lets people know that this will happen. While the Spiritual Style Test is very quick to complete, due to some people being a little slow to respond to invitations, be sure to invite people to take the test with plenty of lead time, in case you would like to have all of the results ready by a particular date. Once you have sent your invitations, you can monitor their acceptance.
  6. Once all of the participants have completed their test (or as many as you expect will complete it), you can produce a group profile combining all the results, or specific groups of results, with the help of the Advanced Profile option.

Optional steps

  • Equipping yourself to support others: If you and a few others will be meeting with people to discuss their Spiritual Style Personal Profiles, you will find it very helpful to have a copy of The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality book. It includes descriptions of all of the nine spiritual styles you may encounter during those discussions as well as further implementation ideas and teaching.
  • Reading the book as a group: Having taken a group through the spiritual style discovery process, you may all be interested in going deeper with the topic. If so, journeying through The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality book with the help of the free downloadable Reading and Discussion Guide might be just the right next step.
  • Presenting the teaching to others: If you or someone else would like to present a seminar or a sermon series on the topic of spiritual styles, make use of The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality book for ideas about the points you would like to cover. If you would like to make use of visuals to enhance the series, look at the free resources available on the Presentations & Artwork page.

Possible spiritual style groups

“Do we want to experience more of God‘s truth, goodness, and beauty?”

You may be the leader of a small group or leadership team that meets together on a regular basis. Imagine if you could create a clearer picture of the way each person in the group best connects with God, so you can validate and encourage them more fully. Furthermore, imagine if week by week you could watch as they embraced aspects of God that they‘ve never seen before, or have even fought against.

“Could our marriage be an even deeper spiritual experience?”

Joining with another person for better or for worse is a significant spiritual experience. Sadly, many couples only reach a certain depth and then simply learn to be satisfied, paddling in puddles from God‘s ocean of love. Do you dare to ask the question above of yourself and your dearly beloved? Is it possible that both of you more deeply experiencing God‘s love would mean your affection for each other could become more powerful?

“How could our friendship become even deeper and richer?”

You may have one or more great friends with whom you share your life journey. What if the bond you already have could become even richer as, together, you discover more of God‘s truth, goodness, and beauty?

“How do I help my children connect with God?”

If you have children or have responsibility for children, at some point they will begin to wonder about the world of spirituality around them. Perhaps God already speaks to them in ways that you are not familiar with. Whether you face parenting alongside a loving spouse or alone, exploring the way in which your child may best connect with God will prove to be a learning experience for them and yourself. Their joy and struggles will begin making more sense and your ability to guide them on life‘s journey will move to a new level. Why not ask your spouse or, if you are parenting alone, another parent, to join you on this spiritual quest for the sake of your family. The Spiritual Style Test can be taken by teenagers and even younger children.

“So, you‘d like to be a leader?”

Do you know someone who would like to be, or could become, a great leader? The ability to understand other people‘s spiritual language is a vital part of leadership in any field. You can't lead well without a growing mutual understanding of what matters most to the other person. If you have the opportunity to walk alongside emerging leaders, then using the Spiritual Style Test as a guide in their development will allow you to make a profound difference to the fruit of their influence. Why not work through this process with those you are mentoring or encourage the next level of leaders under your care to take their own apprentices through it.

“I wonder what we both know, and don‘t know, about God?”

If you have a friend who would not call themself a Christian but has clear spiritual awareness, understanding each other‘s spiritual starting points could really enhance your friendship. If you yourself believe that there is only one God, perhaps you and your friend are both responding to that same God, but at this stage through different experiences and with a different language. Imagine what could come from finding out that you might be closer to God and to each other than you both realized.

“Do we believe God started working here before we arrived?”

There is much excitement and energy associated with starting a new mission initiative or church. Often this is poured into plans and official statements about “how we will see this community transformed.” But what if God is already working in the lives of those people (and maybe even making great progress with them)? Will you be open to the ways in which God speaks to them? Will you be able to incorporate their experiences of God into your idea of church? Do you even know how your teammates encounter God? It may be worth starting to learn how to “speak” some different “spiritual languages” as you begin working with, and for the sake of, God‘s other children.

“What if our whole church were to grow nearer to God?”

Having organized and experienced a group pilgrimage with any of the above people, maybe you‘re motivated to see your whole church go on such an adventure. If so, you‘ll find practical and creative ideas of how to make that happen here. Share your spiritual style discovery experiences with the leadership of your church and offer to help a church-wide spiritual style pilgrimage take place. Beyond this, insight into the distribution of spiritual styles within your local church provides invaluable information to your leadership team.

"What does our spiritual culture look like?"

What are the spiritual strengths of your denomination? Are there areas that have been neglected? Are your programs in line with the actual spiritual styles of your people? It is highly beneficial for every denomination to get an exact picture of how the spiritual styles are distributed. If you collect, for instance, a sample of surveys from 30% of your churches (with at least 30% of their worshipping congregation participating in the test), your Group Profile will provide a very precise picture of your spiritual culture. Even with smaller samples you can start to gain insights into the spiritual make-up of your movement that you are unlikely to detect by any other means. If you would like to explore this larger-scale spiritual style discovery, beyond the instructions found above, you can contact us for additional assistance.

"Release the spiritual passion of your participants"

By enabling conference participants to take the Spiritual Style Test via their mobile devices directly at the conference, you can quickly and easily offer a meaningful and memorable learning experience that will add a lot of life to your event. Buy eTest tokens at up to a 60% discount, include that amount in the conference fee, and provide considerable extra-value for each conference participant. Also, adding the Passion Compass exercise to your conference will help dramatize the dynamics of mutual learning, as it demonstrates how easily people with very different spiritual styles can learn from one another. The transferability of that experience will encourage many to replicate the same exercise in their own groups or churches.

The Passion Compass exercise is a very visual activity you can do with a group of people to help them see a fuller picture of God and to deepen their understanding of each other. This exercise can be performed in a small group of 8 to 15 people or in groups of several hundred people (for instance, in the context of a conference or a church-wide seminar). To do that exercise, follow the six steps outlined below:

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  1. Make sure that everyone has the results of their Spiritual Style Test in hand.
  2. Download and print out posters for the nine spiritual styles (see below) and arrange them in a circle on the walls of the meeting room corresponding to their position within the spirituality compass (see page 1).
  3. After welcoming the participants, ask them to walk to the poster with the name of their highest-scoring spiritual style.
  4. As the facilitator of this exercise you can move to the center of the circle and explain the following four dynamics: (1) Every single person in the room has a unique antenna for God. (2) Your group encompasses many diverse styles, with some more strongly represented than others. (3) There are neighboring positions (e.g. rational/doctrinal) and opposite positions (e.g. sacramental opposite to Scripture-driven and sharing). (4) It is the task of every person to move closer to the center, i.e. to become both more radical and balanced. In practical terms this involves learning from the styles opposite you. Take sufficient time to illustrate each of the points mentioned above by using examples taken from the group gathered in the room, for instance by interviews with individual group members.
  5.  Now every participant approaches a person that is positioned approximately opposite to him or herself.
  6. The representatives of the the opposite styles share, in dialogue between two people each, about their experiences with God. They strive to find out how they can support each other in spiritual growth (it may be helpful to print out or project the questions to the right on a screen).

Would you like you whole church to discover their unique spiritual styles and to grow in their spiritual passion?
Find out more...

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If you have made the decision to actively pursue spiritual growth in your life, Mutual Mentoring could become one of the most transformational aspects of that pilgrimage. Instead of being based on a hierarchical relationship of mentor and client, a Mutual Mentoring relationship is based on the principle of mutuality: Each of the partners strives to learn from the other.

You can download the free Mutual Mentoring Guide below.

For starters, it makes sense to launch a Mutual Mentoring Relationship with a person who has the same native spiritual style as you have. Later on you might start a Mutual Mentoring process with someone who represents one of your less-developed styles.

9 Spiritual Styles

Below, you will find downloadable versions of The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality Reading Guide and Discussion Guide.

They are based on an easy-to-follow 5 week group process for two or more people. The process will...

  • Introduce your friends to the teaching
  • Guide them through the Spiritual Style Test
  • Provide you as the facilitator with practical instruction and discussion prompts
  • Show the way towards next steps for all of you

All you will need for the process are some friends who want to grow spirituality, a weekly time-slot in which to meet over 5 weeks, and...

  • A copy of The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality book for each person
  • A copy of the Reading Guide for each person (printed or emailed to them)
  • A copy of the Discussion Guide for yourself
Click here for information on bulk discounts and purchasing The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality book.
The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality Book and Guides

Below is a downloadable PowerPoint Presentation Master of The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality. Contained within the presentation are slides relating to all of the main themes as well as book page references in the notes to indicate where the associated teaching can be found.

Also you will find the downloadable book images taken from The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality. To find an image you would like to use...

  • first decide whether you would like a high resolution (HR) version (typically for printing purposes) or a low resolution (LR) version (typically for on-screen use).
  • then look at the page number for the image that you are after

By combining these two details, you can find the image you are after. For example, if you would like a high resolution version of the image on page 57 of the book, you are looking for the file "3coys-HRp57.jpg"

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