“The evangelical culture ties together faithfulness with extroversion. The emphasis is on community, on participating in more and more programs and events, on meeting more and more people. It’s a constant tension for many introverts that they’re not living that out. And in a religious world, there’s more at stake when you feel that tension. It doesn’t feel like ‘I’m not doing as well as I’d like.’ It feels like ‘God isn’t pleased with me.'”
[Adam McHugh, as quoted in Quiet by Susan Cain]
I can’t stop thinking about this since I read it last week.
Does an “emphasis on community” have to mean an emphasis on extroversion?
How do we make more space for introverted forms of worship & connection in our church cultures?