Self-Inventory

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About This Tool

We created this free self-inventory to help Christian leaders to measure how equipped they are to build a healthy, multi-ethnic organization. It contains 8 categories with 5 questions in each category (40 questions total). Each question covers a topic or skill that we have found to be important with our research and work with Christian leaders.

How do I begin?

We recommend that you first watch our Four Essential Practices Video before taking the self-inventory. It provides helpful context and recommendations for using the tool. During the video, you will be instructed to take the inventory.

What topics does the inventory cover?

  1. Biblical principles related to race/ethnic relations
  2. Motivations for building a multi-ethnic organization
  3. Concepts related to race/ethnic relations
  4. Skills related to race/ethnic relations
  5. Race/ethnic realities in the U.S.
  6. Common barriers for white people
  7. Common barriers for people of color
  8. Common barriers for organizations

How does the inventory work?

We list important concepts and skills and you indicate if you feel equipped in that area. At the end, you are able to print your responses and/or have your responses e-mailed to you. The inventory takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you aren’t able to finish the inventory at one time, you can click the “Continue Later” button to receive a link by e-mail that you can use to pick up where you left off.

How can it help?

The inventory can help you, your team, and your organization answer questions like:

How much does it cost?

We provide the inventory as a free resource to help the Body of Christ. If you would like help with interpreting your results, selecting action steps, training for your organization, etc. we can provide those services for an additional fee (see below).

Can you give some examples of how it can be used?

Sure. Here are some examples. If you are interested in using the inventory in one of the ways marked with an *, please contact us in advance for more details and a quote.

  1. Organizational leader: Michelle uses the inventory to determine her strengths/weaknesses. Then, she selects several topics where she is the least equipped and prayerfully pursues relationships, service/training opportunities, and books that can help her develop in those areas. Each year she retakes the inventory to track her progress over time and to select new areas for development.
  2. Diversity professional: Jay encourages the leaders of his organization to take the inventory and then provide him with a printout of the results. Jay then helps each leader to connect with mentors and resources that can help them grow in the areas where they need development.
  3. Leadership Team*: Each member of a leadership team takes the inventory. Each member uses their results for personal development (#1 above) and their diversity officer uses it for personal mentoring (#2 above).  In addition, we provide a group report which shows areas of strength and weakness on their team. One of our staff meet with their team on-site or remotely to go over the report and recommend resources and action steps for team development.
  4. Organization (one location)*: The leadership encourages everyone in the organization to take the inventory and use their results for personal development (#1 above).  We work with the organization’s leadership to select the most helpful groupings (teams, departments, etc.) and then provide a report and recommendations for each group. Our staff meet with the leadership on-site or remotely to go over the reports and recommend resources and action steps. The organization can also use our climate survey for additional, complimentary data and analysis.
  5. Organization (multiple locations)*: Each location uses the inventory (#4 above). Then, our team combines and analyzes the data from all of the locations. We work with the organization’s leadership to select the most helpful groupings (divisions, regions, etc.) and provide a report and recommendations for each group. Our staff meets with the leadership on-site or remotely to go over the reports and recommend resources and action steps.

Can you also provide training programs based on the results?

Yes, in addition to analysis and recommended action steps (#2-5 above), we can provide on-site or remote training programs focused on the needs of your team/organization.  Please contact us for a quote if you are interested.

Do you update this inventory?

Yes, we change the inventory on a regular basis based on our research and the input we receive.

How does this self-inventory compare to the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and similar tools?

IDI and Similar Tools

  • Focus on relational (one on one) competencies
  • Focus on many forms of diversity (race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, etc.)
  • Based on secular diversity principles and concepts
  • Can be expensive for personal, team, and organizational use
  • Results are typically analyzed by computer algorithms
  • Recommendations are typically computer generated
  • Interpretation and application can be challenging

Our Self-Inventory

  • Focus on relational (one on one) competencies and organizational leadership skills
  • Focuses on race/ethnic dynamics in Christian organizations
  • Based on biblical diversity principles and concepts
  • Covers a broad range of concepts and skills
  • Free for personal use and inexpensive for team and organizational use
  • Results are analyzed by our team (optional)
  • We help with interpretation and application (optional)