Tuesday, March 13, 2007

An Introvert's Church Nightmare

I interviewed with a church a little while ago, and though it was clearly not a good fit for me, it was a memorable interview. It was so unforgettable that I wonder if God gave me that opportunity to encourage me to keep writing my book on introverted pastors, or at least to give me fodder for one of my chapters. Here are some of the things that were said about the church and about the specific ministry I would have been doing:

"This is a really high octane environment."
"We're looking for someone who is really high energy and really excitable."
"You have to be totally sold out to work here."
"You have to work full throttle."

Adam's translation: You have to be a hard core extrovert, who thrives in the presence of crowds, can't wait to meet new people, and who has limitless social energy.

Another way of putting it: An introvert's worst nightmare.