Friday, May 30, 2008

Further thoughts on introverted and missional

I love how the discussions on this site are spawning posts and conversations on other blogs. Here is a thoughtful post on Hope Does Not Disappoint, furthering the conversation about introverts and missional theology and practice.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God's presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God's word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.

- J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness, p. 116

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Introverted CEO's

Here's a great article from USA Today that I think you'll enjoy:

"Not All CEO's are Extroverts"

While some of it is imprecise (e.g. introverts learning how to act like extroverts), I find it to be very encouraging that some of the most powerful leaders are introverts.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

They're out there

Wanted to show some love for the introverts out there who are doing ministry and wrestling with the same sorts of questions this blog poses. Who says that introverts can't be "missional"? Here are some links to people that have linked here:

Seek the Holy
Jolly Blogger
Hope Doesn't Disappoint
Christopher Brown
Katie Kind
Mark Smith

Friday, May 16, 2008


Have you had introverted leaders or mentors in your life? In the church, at work, in your family? What have they modeled for you about living as an introvert in a world biased towards extroversion?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Missional and introverted?

Here's a link to a blog that says introverts are not cut out to be "missional" and that says the Reformed tradition attracts more introverts than extroverts. Personally, I find his argument to be lacking thoughtfulness and thoroughness , though of course I am spending 40 hours a week thinking about this topic. And frankly, if the missional church doesn't have room for introverts, then perhaps we need to rethink our missional theology.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


You'll notice that I've added a recent comments widget to the sidebar, so that readers have easier access to what others are saying. The thrust of Introverted Church has changed somewhat in the last few weeks, majoring less on monologue and more on conversation. Some of this shift is practical - I'm devoting my writing energies to the last three chapters of my book, but most of it is I've always wanted this to develop into a virtual community of introverted Christians, sharing their insights and questions with each other. Please keep up your comments and emails - a few of them have made their way into my manuscript!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Marketing to Introverts

Here is a web article about marketing to introverts (and the subtitle is: "you know, the ones with the high income") - I'm curious to hear your thoughts about the content, the assumptions, and the tone. What's your response?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

This week

For the last few months I've been attending various churches and worship services to get a sense for which practices facilitate introvert participation and which practices alienate us. The last chapter of my book will be my reflections on my experiences. Tonight I am attending a Taize service at All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, which I am very much looking forward to. I'm sure I'll have some reflections about it this week. I also plan on blogging some thoughts on the movie Into the Wild, which I watched this weekend.