"Evangelicals talk a lot," writes Pastor Adam S. McHugh – a self-proclaimed introvert – in his book Introverts in the Church. Introverts are generally misunderstood in evangelical Christian circles. The culture surrounding the Church today is one that puts a higher value on people interacting with each other at Church functions (after-sermon fellowship, dinners, outreaches, and retreats). For an introvert, these can be overwhelming and not spiritually healthy. Pastor McHugh gives detailed definitions and analyses of introversion in the church to help both introverts and extroverts understand it. Some folks are deep thinkers and like to ponder issues before offering an opinion. Some are gifted listeners and should be appreciated for the way they put the needs and concerns of others before their own needs. Some are easily intimidated; some are shy; some are cautious; and some are wary. There can be many reasons for why people are silent or reserved or hesitant.
McHugh walks the readers through ways that they can participate in their church, as well as bring healing where introverts may be unintentionally discriminated against. The book seems to be designed to be used in a small group situation, as it has discussion questions associated with every chapter. Introverts in the Church provides a very interesting analysis of the current evangelical Christian climate, giving a voice to the quiet introverts in churches of most denominations.— Andrew Broersma, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Introverts are called and gifted by God. 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. Discover God's call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.