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What it means to be an Introvert in American Churches
The extroverted Christian
Plays guitar or sings at worship
The first to greet newcomers
Last to leave after coffee hour
 The extroverted church
Extroverted evangelism is often off-putting for introverts.
So where does the introverted Christian come in??…
Introversion is different from shyness. Whereas shyness involves a social phobia many times,
Introversion simply involves different ways of solving problems and a lower ability to
Introverts  30% of populace
Extroverts 30% of populace
Preference for privacy
Preference for hunches, visionary ability
Preference for hard facts over feelings
Preference for open-endedness, casual approach to life
Preference for groups, companionship
Preference for concrete data when making decisions
Reliance on feelings in decision making
Preference for closure, focus on clear objectives
With a whole range in between. 30% of populace
Many American Protestant churches support a culture of the most noticeable Christian as the model Christian.
A model Christian should not equal the most noticeable Christian.
Spiritual strengths of introverts:
One on one of small group mentors
Helping one person at a time
Creating deep and lasting bonds with a small group
Greater chance of deep introspection about their faith
Humility: Introverts see flaws in what they say, and carefully craft their words, leading to humble speakers and thinkers.
Introvert behavior is not pathological. Introversion is a naturally occurring neurological configuration with its own strengths and weaknesses. 
So what should Churches do?
Ways to make introverts feel at home
With 30% of people being potentially turned off by the extroverted Church, Churches are turning their backs on 105 million folks, in the US alone!
Develop programs in small groups.
Allow people to slip into the sanctuary anonymously.
Introverts have a lower threshold for stimuli.
Make room for predictable acts.
A large “greeting committee” can send introverts running
Leave room for silent prayers.
Moments of reflection.
Avoid turbulence and background “white noise” as in chants, alter calls, etc.
Avoid singling out an introvert in the crowd
Or as they approach the alter.
Asking for a spontaneous prayer out loud
“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 their 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.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
–personality traits of introverts and extroverts
—pg 5 about business and introverts
–tips for dealing with introverts
 Briggs Meyer scale: http://beaconstreetusa.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/MBScale.jpg
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