I had the distinct pleasure to be playfully “called” on overfunctioning recently. I was caught doing a task that was designated to be done by someone else. Though there were practical reasons to be doing what I was, the challenge was legitimate. The pleasure came from realizing something I had been trying to explain in a teaching context some time earlier had “stuck” for someone and was not part of their way of looking at things, along with their way of teasing the pastor that taught it. Great stuff.
This web page raises the question of whether you are a “control freak” as a layperson (or pastor) in a church. Control freak is a version of overfunctioner. I have been the person described, and am at times still tempted to just “take over” a responsibility that is really someone else’s, simply because I think I can do it better and/or I then will know it has been done (instead of wondering) and also, because I don’t like seeing failure or feeling the awkwardness of something going wrong.