How to Cater For Introverts in Church

 

Do you know an introvert in Church? Maybe you are one? Dont know what it means to be an introvert? Urban dictionary has the following definition of an introvert:

Opposite of extrovert. A person who is energized by spending time alone. Often found in their homes, libraries, quiet parks that not many people know about, or other secluded places, introverts like to think and be alone.

So how can the Church (normally an activity featuring people), help people who “like to think and be alone”? Well the Church Sofa would like to offer these 10 tips on how to cater for introverts in the Church*.

  1. Spot someone new in Church? Make sure you get them to stand up in the service and get them to say their name, and give at least one embarrassing fact about themselves. It will help them in conversations later.
  2. “Turn to your neighbour, and share how they can pray for you”
  3. Regularly encourage quieter people in Bible studies to talk to the group, they will thank you for making them voice an opinion.
  4. Do something different from the norm in a Church service. Don’t tell people about what to expect, they’ll love the surprise.
  5. Give them a Holy kiss.
  6. Is someone acting a little quiet? Feed them a massive mugful of espresso.
  7. “Discuss with your neighbour what you learnt from God during todays sermon.”
  8. During The Peace at church, encourage everyone to greet everybody loudly and proudly.
  9. “Lets all take turns in reading a verse from the Bible passage out loud. Let us all take time and really read out the words clearly, and let us feel the Word of God speaking to us, as we all read”
  10. Encourage EVERYBODY to dance in The Lord. Particularly if its a small group. Introverts love small groups.

*We hold no responsibility for anything that happens if you try the above. This might be more useful if you are interested.

10 Things To Include on your Church Website

*Trigger Warning for Satire*

Earlier on today, I found myself in a conversation about Church websites, and what should really be included on them. Here are the list of things we had that should be included on a church website*:

  1. Make sure you include an in-depth history of the church as well – for new comers.
  2. How long have you had a Church newsletter / magazine for? Include all of them on the website. As scanned in, PDF downloads.
  3. Lots and lots of photos of everyone. Don’t worry about any child / vulnerable person protection policies…
  4. Lots of images are good! Need an image? Google has it!
  5. Have “podcasts” available of your sermons. Don’t worry about having them available from iTunes, as people will come to your site anyway.
  6. A step by step theological guide explaining why your services are structured in the correct manner.
  7. Make sure you include a photo of the smiling lead minister and his / her smiling family.
  8. Flash animations. They look pretty.
  9. Blessed with creative musicians? Include their tunes on the website. Have the tunes playing automatically as the website loads.
  10. Ensure you include input from everyone you know within the church. After all, the church is a group of people – they must all have a say in the website. Right?

Is there anything we’ve missed out?

Please bear in mind we are not experts and some of this advice may be well out.

Update – Some extra suggestions from Twitter:

  1. Include directions from 50 miles away in every direction. After all, visitors may not know where your city is. (@gods_toddler)
  2. And ensure the “Latest News” section and “Forthcoming Events” are months out of date. (@grahamsoton72)
  3. And don’t put in service times – after all, churches all have their services at the same time (@grahamsoton72)
  4. Include only your church name on the website. Don’t include your city, state, or country unless it is a part of the name. (@MrChurchGuy)
  5. “To view the information on this page, first please enter your email address here” (@edaross)
  6. Don’t standardize design across pages. (@ubinam_rosarium)

Anymore?