Introverts in the Church

by Adam S. McHugh

from the back cover
Introverts are called and gifted by God. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it's not as faithful to be an introvert.

Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship and even evangelize effectively.

Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. Discover God's call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.

my rating

my review
If you are a church leader, whether introverted or extroverted, please please please read this book.

(If you are not a church leader, I still encourage you to at least look over the first few chapters.) As an introvert, I found Introverts in the Church refreshingly relatable, and I wish all church leaders would read this book and understand how difficult it is for many of us to feel comfortable in church, whether we've been attending for weeks or years. Adam S. McHugh does not ask that churches cater to introverts, but rather that they recognize that we all worship and relate to others in different ways. We do not want special treatment; we just want to belong.

McHugh begins by explaining how churches tend towards extroversion, then explains what it means to be an introvert. The majority of the book is written for introverts (by an introvert), helping us to find healing through spirituality, relationships, community, and even leadership roles. The final chapter returns to how churches can welcome and include introverts.

This book is well-written, and though conversational in tone, it does not take on the fake feel of many Christian non-fiction books in which the author pretends to be your best friend, nor does it feel preachy. McHugh writes from the heart, laying out the facts amidst stories and quotes that flow together seamlessly. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture


  1. I'm definitely adding this to my reading list! As an introvert, it can be hard at times to "fit in" and meet certain expectations. I need to read this book!

    1. Absolutely! I'd love to hear what you think of it, too.