Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gigs

I'm going to be preaching at the Coram Deo worship gathering at First Presbyterian Church Covina for the next four Sundays. It's a small (around 20 people) postmodern type worship gathering that was started a few months ago by a motivated group of young adults. I'm going to come in and teach and hopefully partner with them in creating a cohesive vision for the community. As much as I enjoy preaching in larger venues, I think I'm at my best in more intimate gatherings, when it's easier for me as an introvert to build relationships with everyone in the community. If you're in the area it meets at 5:30PM on Sunday night.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Changes

I've deleted my original blog, Unresolved Tensions, and have made Introverted Church the official website of Adam McHugh. That sounds pretentious. Anyway, I've added some other, non-introvert related audio sermons to the lower sidebar and I may slightly expand the topics I address here, especially as I continue to work on my second book, which I have now titled "A Life of Listening." But largely I see this as a place for introverts to gather and discuss the Christian life and ministry from our perspective. Please continue to comment and email me! I love hearing from you.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Book Release

October. That's what I know for sure. The actual day that Introverts in the Church will be available depends on stock, shipping, ordering and such.

I've had a great week meeting people from IVP and also some potential endorsers. I also heard from a reliable source that Rob Bell is an introvert, but I'm having a hard time believing it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Contradictions

This post comes to you from the National Pastors Conference in San Diego. I'm here volunteering with the InterVarsity Press delegation. I met with my marketing liaison this morning and will be meeting with my editor on Thursday, and the rest of the week I'm the "shmoozing introvert." Now that I have moved from the writing stage into the marketing stage of my book, the irony of the process is becoming palpable. I spent a couple of years thinking, researching in libraries, writing in my study and in coffee shops and in hotels, all roles that came very natural for an introvert such as myself. Whereas many of my extroverted friends have struggled and despaired through the writing process, I relished it.

Yet now my role switches and the expectations on me are very extroverted. I'm in very chatty circles meeting strangers, talking constantly, working the room, and trying to conjure the nerve to approach some big names to ask for endorsements. While I'm actually fairly skilled at this sort of thing, it's not the most natural or appealing environment. I went to bed last night at 9:45 because I was so exhausted from the social demands of the day, and I know my energy will wane as the week goes on. However, I'm finding it very easy to introduce and talk about my book. It's true that when introverts have thought a lot about a particular topic, we can go on about it for quite a while. My expertise in this area, as well as my very clear goals for socializing, make it easier and much more enjoyable.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The story continues

I had the opportunity to preach a redacted version of "The Goals and Perils of Community Life" at Northminster Presbyterian in Diamond Bar yesterday. I continue to be amazed at the reception I receive when I talk about introverts in the Church. An amusing trend is people who come up to me and say "I never talk to the pastor after the service but I just had to say thank you." Introverts are coming out of the closet!