Are you not a “people person” and find it hard to witness and be the outgoing Christian God wants you to be?
An introverted person is one that is shy, quiet, and may tend to struggle to function within groups or crowds. Some introverts are so painfully shy that it hinders their ability to form friendships and to be involved in church groups and activities.
Those who are introverts tend to be thinkers and are not as verbal as extroverts are. They find more pleasure with solitude or conversing with one or two people as opposed to groups. This poses a big challenge when going to church or when witnessing to others.
God made us all unique with varying personalities and strengths and with these strengths, He uses each one of us in a special way to glorify Him. The Bible is full of men and women that are extroverts which is apparent in their abilities and contributions. However, there are also those who are meek and gentle in spirit. God considers the gentle and quiet in spirit precious.
“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4
Contributing In Church
For some, coming out of their “shell” takes a lot and can be crippling to some extent. Just getting their foot into church is a big step. So, what is one to do to get past such painful shyness and become a contributing member of church?
Quietly Filling A Church Role
There are opportunities within a church that are perfect for those who are introverted. Volunteering and participating in “behind-the-scene” services and roles allow one to do God’s work without feeling the pressure of being in the spotlight.
Such roles might include:
- Prayer Warrior for church prayer list
- Office work
- Home Bound Member Ministry; cooking meals, cards
- Assisting where needed in classes or events
- Food pantry
Finding Your Own “Groove”
If you are an introvert and want to find a ministry that you can serve, there are multitudes of people that need to feel the love of Christ. Sharing the gospel and witnessing to them is not limited by a face-to-face interaction with someone. Get creative in ways that you can minister to someone.
This is a great way to share God’s love. Prepare cards ahead of time with scripture and a note inside. Carry them with you and hand them to those you see that could use encouragement. Having your name signed on the card is not important, but the message inside the card is.
If you have a love of knitting or crocheting, you can make blankets and give them to someone that needs to feel the warmth of God’s love.
Soup for the Soul Ministry
There are homeless people in most every part of our world and being the recipient of a cup of warm soup not only nourishes the body but the soul if you attach a small scripture to the container of soup.
Tap into your talents and get creative in ways to serve the Lord!