The Biblical SWOT

The original S-W-O-T analysis has been used for years by organizations to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Credited to Albert Humphrey, it’s a great tool for assessment and planning.

As followers of Christ, we can personally benefit too from identifying these four areas in our life. Through personal inventory, reflection, and/or group discussion, we can discover what the Bible teaches. There are many verses applicable for each section, but I’ve limited mine to four in each. Here’s what a personal grid may look like (click to enlarge):

Sample Christian SWOT DiagramSWOT Grid-BW

The four sections are:

Strengths

I Corinthians 1:4-9, Philippians 1:6, Galatians 2:20, Hebrews 4:14

What are they? How do we maximize them?

Weaknesses (Internal)

James 1:12-18, Matthew 26:41, I Corinthians 3:1-3, Galatians 4:8-9

What are they? How do we minimize them?

Opportunities

Matthew 9:35-38, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Matthew 28:16-20, Hebrews 12:1-2

What are they? How do we capitalize on them?

Threats (External)

Ephesians 6:10-18, I John 2:15-17, Galatians 1:6-10, II Corinthians 11:2-4

What are they? How do we reduce them?

One last note, it’s important to answer the second part. Just like in business, listing the “what” is only valuable when we complete the next step by answering the “how”. How do we maximizeminimizecapitalize and reduce?

For free easy-to-print versions:

Click here for sample color grid in PDF format.

Click here for sample black & white grid in PDF format.

If you like the SWOT, you may also be interested in another personal/group discussion tool called “The Thought Train” worksheet. Click here to read about it.

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