Leading as an Introvert

Leading as an Introvert

Both introverts and extroverts can learn how personality type affects church leadership.

Note: This resource was produced by our sister site www.BuildingChurchLeaders.com. It was originally designed for pastors, but it has a lot of application for other leaders in the church, including small-group leaders and coaches.

American culture tends to favor extroverts over introverts. If you are quick to speak, assertive in groups, or energized by being around others, you will usually have a better chance to succeed. The same is often true in our churches. So what does that mean for introverted pastors and church leaders? This 44-page resource offers a wealth of insights into how introverts who lead in the church, and in groups, can understand their own gifting and calling, how they can guard against fatigue and burnout, and how they can lead the people around them, extroverts and introverts alike. Of course both introverts and extroverts are sinners, so these articles don't exalt one personality type or demonize another. Instead, they can help everyone be more sensitive to the way in which introverts are wired and how God might choose to use them.

For a sample, see Introverts in the Imago Dei?

The Identity of an Introverted Leader

Going with the Grain
What does it mean for me to be authentic in my ministry role?
By Craig Brian Larson

Introverts in the Imago Dei?
Our churches often confuse sociability for spirituality.
By Richard Beck

Leading as Ourselves
Church leadership is not for everyone, but it's for everyone who is called.
By Adam S. McHugh

Self-Care for Introverts

Silence Is to Dwell In
An hour of quiet is a rare gift, hard to come by in an ordinary week, even for those who seek it.
By Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

An Introverted Rule of Life
Establish rhythms to fit your unique makeup.
By Adam S. McHugh

Sabbath Keeping for Introverts
Understand and embrace your need to rest.
By Lynne M. Baab

Leading Others as an Introvert

Directing People Toward God
Consider several areas in which introverts are gifted to minister to others.
By Adam S. McHugh

What Introverted Leadership Looks Like
Know how to lead others according to your strengths.
By Adam S. McHugh

Bridging the Pastor-Board Gap
Cultivate stronger relationships between those inclined to introversion.
By Charles R. Swindoll

Further Resources

Total number of pages - 44

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church or educational institution.

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