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Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture [Paperback]

By Adam S. McHugh (Author)
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McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. With practical illustrations, he explains how introverts process information, approach relationships, and practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are.

Publishers Description
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.

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Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 01/01/2010 page 67
  • Library Journal - 11/01/2009 page 70


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Studio: Intervarsity Press
Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2009
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830837027  
ISBN13  9780830837021  

Sales Rank:  #7083 in Books   (See Bestselling Christian Books)

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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.


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Highly, Highly Relevant  Nov 13, 2009
For every introvert who has cringed during a worship service that was just too action-packed and noisy.

For every introvert who has considered a job in the ministry, only to have second thoughts about the grueling expectations of congregations who assume a pastor will be endlessly gregarious, outgoing, available, and always "on".

For every introvert who has longed to share his or her spiritual gifts, but felt that being introverted made the prospect impossible, or at least difficult; or felt that the more extroverted members of the congregation didn't approve of the quieter, subtler, more behind-the-scenes efforts of introverted members.

For every introvert who has wanted to find his or her place in the church, Adam McHugh has written Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. And this is a book that is well worth reading.

Before I go further, I have to tell you all that while I have a spiritual life, and a deeply Christian background, I do not consider myself a Christian. However, I still know exactly what it's like to go to church services and need a three-hour nap afterward - services that are filled with lively, jangling music, interpretive dance, shaking hands and hugging, followed by coffee hours filled with the ever-raising volume of voices socializing and sharing experiences from the past week and plans for the next, fueled by coffee and glazed doughnuts - I've been there. The spiritual community I belong to now has been known to throw Sunday morning shindigs just like what I've described above. For an introvert like me, that's exhausting (and not terribly uplifting)!

I also know what it's like to be encouraged (which feels so much like pressure) to join committees and groups, to attend meetings and events, and to feel too overwhelmed with it all to be able to follow through effectively.

I know what it's like to try to do something, and come away feeling that because it's not a grand, outward expression of faith, it's not as worthy.

I don't want to make belonging to or going to church, or regular spiritual gatherings sound horrible. These things certainly aren't meant to be horrible. They're meant to uplift and to provide a place where people of faith can work toward common goals such as social justice, evangelism, learning and education and/or other spiritual pursuits.

But often these places and these gatherings and the cultures that are created around them are nerve-racking and tiring for introverts. Many of us would love to bring the word "sanctuary" back to the forefront, and be allowed to worship and share our spiritual paths with others in a calmer, quieter and more reverent manner.

This is where Introverts in the Church steps in.

In his book, Adam S. McHugh addresses the dilemmas I've described and more. But above and beyond that, he gives introverted Christians solid information from not only a scriptural viewpoint, but a historical one that is both encouraging and empowering. And looking at the situation of present-day evangelism, McHugh offers more hope for introverts who want to worship, share their faith, and share their gifts in a more quiet and focused manner.

As an ordained minister and introvert himself, McHugh also relates his own personal experiences in the church and in ministry - both his trials and triumphs, in this well written and personable book.

Adam's journey of ministry and evangelism is one that can be used as a positive example of how introverts can effectively share their faith, without betraying their psychological and physiological needs for solitude, space and silence.

Giving examples and stories from introverted believers and ministers, and wisdom gleaned from thorough research and experience, this book is one that every introverted churchgoer, lay-minister, and minister should read and study. This book should also be required reading for extroverted ministers and members of congregations, as a means for better understanding and harmony.

For those who are not Christian, there is still huge value in this book. Spiritual groups of all kinds often focus on outward action and outward appearances, forgetting that introverts have much to offer to congregations, and the means to provide other ways of sharing spiritual philosophies and joys with their peers and the public at large. I recommend this book highly.
 
Amazing Look at the Most Misunderstood Christians in the Modern Church  Nov 11, 2009
As an introverted Pentecostal, Christian life has been a struggle to be understood and appreciated for my quiet ways of living. After being told for years that I was unspiritual, unloving, and antisocial (among many charges that were simply false), I was confused and ashamed of my quiet personality.

Not anymore! It turns out that the spiritual gifts that I do possess - gifts that are recognized by the same church that told me I was antisocial - are gifts that I have BECAUSE of my quiet personality. Adam McHugh masterfully exposes the American cultural bias in favor of extroversion and the "gift of gab" that has crept into and established itself in Evangelical Christianity. Here, you will find solid definitions of introversion and extroversion. You will see how introverts process information and experiences (very different from extroverts) to come up with amazingly thoughtful insights and expressions of spirituality. Introverts and extroverts approach community in different ways, the former seeking depth and the latter seeking breadth. Both are needed for a healthy church. Also learn how introverts can work with their quiet personalities to become effective leaders and even great evangelists. Introverts are truly "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) by God for a purpose, one that only the introvert can fulfill.
 
healing, change, growth for churches  Nov 9, 2009
If you've read all the other books about introverts, you still need to read this book if you are involved in a church. McHugh affirms introverts and helps extroverts understand and minister to them. The book is insightful, eye-opening, informative, practical, relevant, affirming, and challenging.

The book was healing for me personally as an introvert, and valuable for me as a leader of introverts. I received an advanced copy so I could preach two sermons to my highly introverted church. McHugh says "for some churches, spirituality is equated with sociability" and I sensed there might be a little bit of impatience with the introverts.

So using this book as my primary resource, one sermon was on "The Body of Christ" and valuing everyone, including introverts. The other was on "How We Grow" and helping introverts see ways that they could be more involved in church life. I got a lot of positive comments from introverts, and the extroverts married to them. One guy thanked me because he could stop feeling guilty about who he was. A lot of people said they could relate to everything I said and didn't know it was normal.

It's now common to hear people in our church say they understand someone's words or actions better because they understand the introvert-extrovert difference. It helped our leadership to change the conversation from "why don't they do anything?" to "how can we help them participate and grow?" I'm planning to also use the book as a class or study because it has discussion questions for each chapter.
 
God Loves Introverts too!  Nov 8, 2009
As an introvert and ebook author (ebooks for introverts) I felt grateful and blessed to receive an advanced copy of Adam McHugh's book. As my mind wrapped around ideas both new and review, I could see God's hand in the creation of and love for the introvert nature touching each page in this thoroughly researched and deep analysis of the introvert personality and gifts. In nine chapters, McHugh shares his thoughtful and sensitive assessment of elevating the introvert to being able to effectively participate at every level in a church, including evangelism. This book is the opportunity for leaders, both spiritual and worldly, to understand the range of talent with which the introvert can serve. McHugh is an ordained Presbyterian minister, a spiritual director and an introvert.

In a detailed and often anecdotal style, he conveys thoughts and feelings, quotations of other ministers that fit the life situations of being more introverted. Imagine being mistakenly and regularly criticized as a recluse or aloof. Then, a clear distinction is made of what is more likely being seen: a true preference of solitude with "permission for solitude from the example of Jesus." That's freedom. Permission changes to a preferred disciplined practice outlined in detail from how to cultivate solitude, how to work in solitude and the rhythms of solitude. Could quietness then be sanctioned? "Privacy is something all introverts require and it has a way of naturally and psychologically restoring our energy levels." Following the contemplation instructions a conclusion: introverts in their own true to self contemplative style know how to listen to their hearts and then with spiritual maturity, can lead others in the spiritual maturity process.

More permission and continued endorsement that the introvert can participate, belong and contribute to a church with a focus on the introvert who wants to be more involved but in a different path than an extrovert. McHugh describes it as a straight line to the core when extroverts want to be more involved. The introvert's journey is more of a spiral with steps into and out of the community to recharge, reflect and readjust their reentry. If the straight line works for the extrovert, then the spiral path works for the introvert.

Most of the book encourages the introvert to use their unique personality and gifts in any area of the church community. Two chapters, The Ability to Lead and Leading as Ourselves, both encourages to fit in and break the mold for the typical extroverted leadership style. Quotes from leadership gurus like Peter Ducker, and authors like Richard Draft and Jim Collins, support a newly emerging leadership mold. Most true to the title of McHugh's book is how God said things to the apostle Paul; " `My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' So I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

When McHugh listened to his quiet, inner voice he discovered he had to be the one to open the door for introverts in the church to know their quiet, effective manner is welcome in everything from serving, leading, worshiping and even evangelizing. His first hand experiences; the detailed analysis of the introvert personality and his personal understandings honor and respect introverts everywhere. Introverts and extroverts will find how to elevate their church communities by being more inclusive of a style that God purposefully created to be part of His great commission.
 
A book to bring life & build unity in the Church  Nov 7, 2009
More than 10 years ago a good friend and fellow missionary scolded me for being a "recluse", for being "selfish with my time" and "too inside" my head. Faced with this kind of harsh critique from a friend and brother in Christ in the past, I would have been crushed, either forcing myself to be "more social" or retreating deeper into solitude. However, neither happened because at that same time in my life I discovered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which helped me understand my own temperament. Not only did it affirm those things which were not flaws, but God-created characteristics, it helped me develop those traits in healthy ways. This was most true when it came to understanding what it meant to be an introvert. I have since used this tool to help people in spiritual, missional and community formation with great success. (For the curious, I am an INTJ).

That is why I was so thrilled when I saw the IVP was set to publish "Introverts In The Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture" by Adam S. McHugh. I received an advanced copy a weeks days ago and have already consumed. This book is one of the most critically needed works for the Church in our culture. McHugh manages to confront the extroverted bias in church culture without denigrating extroverts while encouraging introverts without letting them off the hook of their own responsibilities. Incredibly practical, deeply pastoral and a significant key for becoming truly missional people, this book is a prophetic message of hopeful correction and direction.
 

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