Why take an inventory?

A Pacific sunset. (Rob Colsman)

To discover what you care about — The EE inventory supplements, not replaces, other more cut-and-dried personality-, vocational-, or gifting-focused tests. We’ve taken many of them and have found some of their results helpful, but they tend to force people into a limited range of suitable roles, whether the focus is on job performance, team dynamics, choosing from among a fixed list of acceptable professions or identifying leadership styles and roles. We’ve created a more open-ended process, because we don’t want people to have to fit themselves into any pre-determined boxes. We do have a goal in mind — the pursuit of vocation, which as Frederick Buechner masterfully put it, is “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” — but the way people choose to live out and express their unique calling may not exist on any current lists of possibilities. That’s okay! We don’t recall “orphanage founder,” “master fundraiser while stay-at-home-mom” or “clean-water-well-builder-while-airline-pilot” as being on any list of vocations we’ve seen. Let your own story be your guide, informed by others you trust and the needs of the world around you.

To integrate your life — Going through the inventory helps you identify what’s really important to you. And what’s not. Over time, that can help you integrate your life in ways that you never dreamed possible.

For the adventure — The inventory process is really the beginning of a journey that can lead you into new territory. The process isn’t not over when you answer the last question, because identifying a calling of service can take a lifetime of trial and error, effort and exploration. Remember, Mother Teresa didn’t start the Missionaries of Charity until after she had been a nun for years!


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Marrton Dormish

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