Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture - eBook  -     By: Adam S. McHugh
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InterVarsity Press / 2009 / ePub

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What is the place of introverts in the church? It is assumed by many today that church leaders, or for that matter all leaders, must have the intangible quality of charisma and gregariousness. Author and introvert Adam McHugh believes the opposite. In Introverts in the Church: Finding our Place in an Extroverted Culture he argues that these skills are not only not required, they are often an indication of poor leadership skills. While McHugh recognizes the need for community, indeed the biblical command for it, he also recognizes that how community happens, or how Scripture wants it to happen is not exactly the way our extroverted culture says that it should occur. To this end, he explains how introverts approach relationships differently, how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that are conducive to who they are as people, and how they can effectively serve the church. On this basis then, McHugh offers ways introverts can serve, lead, worship, and even evangelize effectively.

If you, or another leader in your church is introverted, this book is a must read. Undertaken as a personal apologetic, it developed into an explanation of how introvert operate, how they are spiritual, the challenges they face, and the sensitivities they maintain (we all have them), you need to give this book a read.

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Publication Date: 2009
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"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,

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  1. Mindemoya, Ontario
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A timely book in deed
    May 16, 2012
    Arnold Main
    Mindemoya, Ontario
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a welcome reminder that the extraverts are not the benchmark for Christian character and intraverts are valuable to the Kingdom of God
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life-changing book for an introvert
    May 4, 2012
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Adam McHugh offers heart-to-heart understanding of an introvert's outlook on the world and his/her struggles to be a participant in it. Each chapter is another validating experience for anyone who has felt like an outsider in a culture (including the church) where extrovert characteristics seem to be both the norm and the most appreciated qualities. McHugh emphasizes the strengths that the introvert has to offer others, in our culture and especially in the church. It is a very encouraging book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2010
    I read this book so fast! It really helped me to learn more about who I am and accept it. As I felt free to be me, I felt more free to step out of my comfort zones. The writer is gentle and understanding and yet, held on to much truth. It's worth a read even if you aren't an introvert. As I read some excerpts to my husband it helped him to understand and confirmed his wisdom. May God bless the writer and all who reads it!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2010
    Adam McHugh's "Introverts in the Church" has been a huge blessing in my life. I have long struggled to reconcile my introverted nature with the teaching and pressures of more extroverted church leaders. This book helped me to realize I had been fighting against my introversion instead of learning to work with it and embrace my unique but no less valuable giftings.Introverts will find in this book self-understanding and healing, with comforting reassurances that we are not alone in our struggles. McHugh empowers with insights into ways we can serve God and His church within our introverted nature and without self-destructing! Extroverts would do well to learn from this book how to better utilize and minister to the introverts in their communites. Afterall, we are roughly half the population!The author communicates all of this in a relatable, conversational writing style. He brings a great deal of credibility to the book by sprinkling it with a more academic approach (supplementing anecdotes with cited references). I appreciated his upfront acknowledgement (and periodic reminders) that the generalizations he makes are necessary but not intended to represent universal truth. I am a better person for having read this book and am so thankful to Adam McHugh for writing it!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2010
    This book is more about the Contemplative Prayer Movement, Desert Fathers, Monks, Monasteries and former-evangelical-turned-Catholic Priest than it is about the Lord using Introverts in the Church. This book is an example of how New Age practices creep into the Church. ***The above review is absolutely ridiculous! This book contains nothing of the sort. This book helped me (an introvert) feel more comfortable in my church. If I had read this book sooner in life, it would have saved me a lot of pain. I highly recommend this book. The reviewer above doesn't sound like she even read this book. "Do not bear false witness!" I would also recommend this book for extroverts who may know 'shy' people.
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