Introverts have gifts for the church and the world. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it's not as faithful to be an introvert. Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship, and even evangelize effectively. Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. This expanded edition has been revised throughout and includes new research on the neuroscience of introversion and material for parenting and encouraging introverted youth. Discover God's call and empowerment to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.
- Definitely worth a listen, but not as practical as I'd hoped.
As an introvert trying to find my place in the church, I was really hoping that this book would give me answers and help me. In my opinion, it was written by a pastor for pastors and had little to say to "ordinary" congregation members. If church leadership listen to this book and implement some of the ideas, there would be more hope for people like me. But as a quiet person trying to find a niche for myself in the body of Christ, it wasn't as helpful as I had hoped.
I was however encouraged by the author's "new" definition of evangelism, to know that it doesn't have to be the extroverted evangelism we so often think of. Maybe there is a place for me after all.
Definitely worth a listen, but not as practical as I'd hoped.
- Mostly Spot On
Except for the CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY section, I'm getting so much out of this book. It's therapeutic!