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Dr. Roger Yancey Regularly Uses LFYS With Churches, Leaders, and Teams

If a tool is easy to use and gets powerful results – and is a great value– well, why wouldn’t you use it?

Dr. Roger Yancey uses the LFYS profiles

Dr. Roger Yancey

Such is Dr. Roger Yancey’s take on the Leading From Your Strengths profiles.

As Executive Director of Tyron Evergreen Baptist Association (Conroe, TX), Roger regularly works with more than 140 congregations and missions groups, helping to plant churches, develop teams, and coach leaders.

When a colleague introduced him to the profiles a couple of years ago, Roger completed the assessment for himself. That alone was a tremendous help in his own journey of self-understanding, says Roger. He went on to attend the annual Equipping Conference to get certified and has since been a part of Ministry Insights’ ongoing training as he uses the profiles with clients.

“The certification process greatly enhances your experience with the profiles,” says Roger. “You get a better understanding of its biblical foundation and the way it is intended to help people be more connected and effective.”

The Profile’s Efficiency Means Coaching Moves Forward

Roger is no stranger to personality profiles. In fact, at the time he was introduced to LFYS, he’d been using a different assessment with his clients – one that was significantly more expensive. Although certified to administer DISC, Birkman and others, Roger regularly uses LFYS now, convinced that it provides a great value to both the client and the coach. “I am confident that the information and insights found within the LFYS profiles is significant,” says Roger.

Plus, it’s efficient. Completing the profile assessment takes just 10 minutes and the report is delivered almost immediately, which means both the user and the coach can move the coaching relationship forward in a positive way – and sooner.  “The profiles help identify issues much more easily,” says Roger. “That means I can help clients make personal progress sooner. It affirms the value of the coaching relationship and builds greater trust and effectiveness.”

The Profile Data is Reliable

Over and over, the profile data has proven to be a reliable resource for Roger as he works with clients. In one instance, a team leader was concerned about a new hire. Would that individual the fit with the existing team members? Roger invited the entire team – and the prospect – to complete the profile. The resulting Strengths Wheel showed that the candidate not only complemented the existing team, but also that his skill set and strengths would be a welcome addition to the current group.

In another situation, Roger encouraged a prospective church planting couple to complete the LFYS profiles as part of the overall church planter assessment process.  The results revealed that the wife had solid administrative capabilities – stronger than her husband’s –  which could be instrumental in the future plant’s success. Could the couple learn to adapt and each use their strengths, particularly in this important area of ministry?  Over the course of the assessment process, the husband not only confirmed his wife’s abilities verbally, but he affirmed the many ways he had already seen her use those skills. The wife was able to step into her new administrative role with confidence. The profiles provided clarity and purpose for this couple and allowed them to make a smooth transition to lead the church plant successfully.

“If you are looking for an assessment tool that will be easy to implement, explain, and use effectively, this is it,” says Roger. “You will find that the profiles give you more than enough information to help those you coach to move forward in their growth journey.”

It’s a tool that’s simple. It’s a good value. Why wouldn’t you use it?

Roger Yancey., D.Min., has been on staff of the Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association since 2004. He currently serves as Executive Director, overseeing the association’s work in leadership development, coaching church staff and leaders, building small groups, church planting, team development, and hiring.

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