Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How to lead introverts into Bible engagement: Five ways to connect with the Quiet Ones (American Bible Society)

“Hi. My name is Stephen. I’m an introvert. It’s been three days since I’ve spoken to anyone, and that makes me happy. Please go away now.”

Is this how you think of introverts? If so, you’re wrong. Well, wrong-ish.

I am an introvert. I was born this way. While I now understand that this is a normal personality style, I once felt as if God had played some cruel joke on me. Especially since we went to a Pentecostal church.

“Can I get an AMEN!?!” Not from me, no.

Being in what was often a rowdy environment, where it was assumed, wrongly, that the louder you hollered the holier you were, was actually painful for me. As well as confusing and crushing to my self-esteem.

I’m not knocking any particular religious tradition. Nowadays lots of churches have lively worship, and that’s great. But those who are too quiet in services like that are sometimes viewed as spiritually challenged.

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