Understanding the RELAY Profile

Welcome to the support site for RELAY. If you’ve already taken the RELAY Profile Assessment, this will help explain the assessment. If you haven’t taken the assessment, this will help prepare you for it.


The best way to understand and apply your RELAY Profile is in the context of a small group going through RELAY: Sharing Your Faith Your Way resource materials. If you’re not currently in a RELAY small group, but would like to understand more of your profile, this will help.


The first sentence of your profile identifies your primary personality behavior related to the DISC personality behavior profile and a combination of two possible spiritual gifts. The Bible is full of people with different personalities who were uniquely used by God. While the Bible doesn't specifically identify different personality types, even a cursory reading reveals several different kinds of personalities and behavioral preferences.


In the 1920s and 1930s, William Marston, a professor at Columbia University, developed the “DISC” model of human behavior to describe personality behavior. This model was built around four personality behavior types: “D” is for Driven or Dominant, “I” is for Inspiring, “S” is for Steady, and “C” is for Conscientious. There have been many adaptations of the DISC model since Marston’s original work. The one used in RELAY is a simplified version of the original model.  


Spiritual gifts are given to every person who is born again––including you! God doesn't want you to be uninformed about your giftedness. The Bible says, “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 12:1, NIV). God wants you to know and use the spiritual gifts He has given you. He wants you to use them, as they are manifested through your personality, so many people will come to know Christ. This is God’s enabling by the Holy Spirit that lives in you and works through your personality. For more information on the DISC and Spiritual Gifts for evangelism, read chapter 4 in THE RELAY BOOK.


Your RELAY Profile is divided into several sections. The first section is possible evangelism behavior tendencies for your personality. A personality tendency for evangelism is how, under normal conditions, you might typically approach an unbeliever with the gospel. Each personality tendency will have strengths and as a result, have weaknesses as well.  


The second section alerts you to some potential personality weaknesses which could surface when you are out operating out of fellowship with God. This is an area of sin and should be confessed as such when it happens. It is possible to turn unbelievers away from Christ with sinful attitudes and actions. You guard against these when you become aware of them and submit yourself to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


The third section points out how you may relate evangelistically to others in specific ways. These include both strengths and weaknesses in your approach to relationships. The last part of this section includes biblical references in helping you apply the Word of God to your personality in evangelism.


The fourth section illustrates how your spiritual gifts may impact your evangelism; helping you to become a more effective witness for Christ. If you can identify with this assessment, make it your aim to become involved in your church or small group where you are able to maximize these gifts. You should view them as a way to reach the world around you.


The last section of the profile is for application. This section assists you in putting your personality behavior tendency and spiritual giftedness to its best use for relational evangelism. This is all part of the wonderful journey in discovering, becoming, and doing all the things God planned for you before the worlds were made. It is relaying the faith your way.


In addition, you may share your RELAY Profile with other believers, especially those who know you best. They could give additional insight into how you can become a more effective witness for Christ. In turn, they may want your feedback on their assessments. Together, all of you may discover ways to work as a team supporting each other in relaying the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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