Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Extending the Conversation

Michelle George has written a series of posts about introverts, relationships and the Church. They're very well written and make up a nice introduction to the topic. Plus, she's from Australia, which is cool. The posts are:

1. Do you know an introvert?
2. Introvert...extrovert...shy?
3. Can introverts and extroverts coexist?
4. What can God do with an introvert?
5. Churches and introverts.

This post will take you to the introduction of the series and Michelle's personal narrative.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I've received several questions about pre-ordering Introverts in the Church. According to the marketing folks at InterVarsity Press, my book will likely be available for pre-order on Amazon sometime in August. Amazon pre-orders are important, because many other book sellers and distributors use Amazon as a bellwether for how the book will do. If the book has a high number of pre-orders, then other bookstores and online retailers will place higher initial orders, and your average introverted Christian will be more likely to find the book at Barnes and Noble or their local Christian bookstore.

I'll let you know when Introverts in the Church is on Amazon - you'll get updates most directly and quickly on the Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I'm laughing that someone googled "introverted sucks" to get to my blog yesterday.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cognitive Dissonance

Hmm, I didn't expect this one. What do you think?

"Before I learned that I was an introvert, I thought I was at least shy and possibly antisocial. At other people’s parties, I stayed in the kitchen with the help. At my own parties, I was the help. When the story of Martha and Mary came up in church, no one had to tell me why Martha stayed in the kitchen while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’s feet. Martha was an introvert. She found chopping potatoes far less exhausting than talking to people, and besides, she could hear everything they were saying right where she was without having to come up with something to say herself."

Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

Monday, June 22, 2009

And one more

We're nearing the end of the endorsements phase of the process, with one or two more on the way. I love the writing style in Don's endorsement:

“As an introvert who has experienced both the strengths and weaknesses of my temperament, I appreciate the way McHugh goes well beyond the facile stereotypes and conclusions of arm-chair psychologists. If you’ve ever felt vaguely sinful for not being a gregarious Christian I suggest you spend some quality time alone with a copy of Introverts in the Church.”

--Don Everts, Minister of Outreach at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, MO, and author of several books including I Once Was Lost: what postmodern skeptics taught us about their path to Jesus.

Friday, June 19, 2009

More Endorsement Fun

Receiving endorsements may be the most fun part of publishing a book. Here's the latest:

As a fellow introvert, I well know the tension, irony and even contradiction of being in vocational ministry where public speaking and being with people is a major and vital part of our roles. This book puts together extremely helpful thinking to better understand who we are and how to navigate and celebrate being introverted and in leadership in an extroverted world.

-Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus But Not The Church

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Endorsement from Lauren Winner

Introverts, take heart! As an introvert myself - an off-the chart "I" on the
Myers-Briggs - I find certain aspects of church life, like speaking to other
human beings every Sunday, really taxing. McHugh thoughtfully explores
the gifts introverts bring to the church, and he considers both how introverts
can live well in the church and how churches can be more hospitable to us.

-Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School, author of Girl Meets God

Sunday, June 14, 2009

An introverted church planter, part 2

Here's another post from Chris Brown, who is part of a church plant in the Pittsburgh area. Really great stuff for introverted leaders about finding personal rhythms, practicing Sabbath, avoiding triangulation, and maintaining intellectual life.

Can Introverts Plant Churches? Part 2

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I've created a page on Facebook for Introverts in the Church. It will be a place for news and updates about the book and other related events. IVP and I are starting to get serious about promoting the book, as we move towards release in October. Help the introverted cause by becoming a fan!

Barbara Brown Taylor

"It can be difficult to be an introvert in church, especially if you happen to be the pastor. Liking to be alone can be interpreted as a judgment on other people's company. Liking to be quiet can be construed as aloofness. There is so much emphasis on community in most congregations that anyone who does not participate risks being labeled a loner."

Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World, p. 88.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New endorsement

"At last a book for and about introverts in ministry, and a wonderful book it is! McHugh unpacks the challenges and characteristics of the introvert leader in a ministry world designed for extroverts. He offers practical guidance for developing as a leader, evangelizing, joining a community, preaching and becoming spiritually mature in Christ. The book not only helps introverts, but it can serve as a great resource for extroverts who lead, coach, mentor, or relate to introverts."

MaryKate Morse, author of Making Room for Leadership and an introvert

Monday, June 8, 2009

Final thoughts

Yes, for those of you who stumble upon my blog by googling "Kobe Bryant introvert," Kobe is an introvert. And now, let us never speak of him again.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Introverts and Extroverts

Here is a link to a little article written by Father Ronald Rollheiser, entitled "Introverts and Extroverts Both Struggle Spiritually." If you're not familiar with Rollheiser I can't recommend him highly enough. His books The Shattered Lantern and The Holy Longing have been highly instrumental in my life of faith and in helping me become more contemplative.