I am a flaming extrovert.
At our church we have that time in the service where people (extroverts) get to walk around shaking hands while others (introverts) are trying to see if they will fit under the pew. I actually have a friend who LOATHES this part of our worship and he will never join the church because it requires that he stand in front of the congregation.
While I may never think like an introvert, I have a responsibility to grow in my understanding of the entire smorgasbord of personalities found in the church. Below is a lesson I have been learning over the years:
I have a deep conviction that everyone who enters the church doors should be known, welcomed and connected. Sounds pretty harmless right? My church is fairly large and I’m realizing that many people come to a church like ours so they can blend in or even hide for a little while. These folks are not looking to be known and plugged in, at least not yet. Is this ok? Are we as the church ok if people just hide out for a season? I have come to believe this is healthy. The more stories I hear, the more I recognize the amount of wounded and tired saints who just need a breather. I am wired to always ask, “When can we start?” and “What’s next?”, so I have frequently flown by the hiders in my midst. These hiders are often seekers and peekers who are just going at a slower pace.
“A right time to embrace and another to part.” – Ecclesiastes 3 MSG