Introverts in the Church by Adam McHugh

“Sometimes it seems that our many words are more an expression of our doubt than our faith” -Henri Nouwen

You want to know what the worst two minutes of my life are every week? It starts with that moment directly after we sing in church when the worship pastor asks the congregation to turn to someone next to you and say hi. Every single time, my eyes just want to roll.

I’m not against meeting new people. I actually think people are pretty cool. I used to think that I was just being shy and needed to fight my innate shyness, but in reality, what I loathe is the lack of genuineness. The whole procedure is forced and fake. By the time I am done shaking my neighbor’s hand, I have already forgotten his name. Why? Because I don’t know him and there has been no attempt to know each other.

This situation is a great example of my introvertedness. Introverts, for the most part, don’t like small talk, instead wanting deeper and more meaningful conversations.

I used to be very ashamed of my introverted nature. Now I embrace it fully. After reading Quiet by Susan and The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, I felt like a new person ready to use my strengths in all that I do.

However, the one place I still feel left out is church. Now I have gone to some amazing churches and a few bad ones. Most of the them have been wonderful and inviting places, but they are definitely designed for extroverts. Naturally, I picked up Introverts in the Church to learn more.

It was great to hear about the common challenges introverts encounter at church including small groups, evangelism, and mission trips. McHugh shares his personal experiences of perceived failure in church. He mentions almost giving up on everything during seminary.

This is a good book. I felt like I learned more from Quiet and The Introvert Advantage, but if you are looking for something shorter to read and specifically about church, then I would recommend this book.

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