Monday, November 16, 2015

How to be an Introvert Evangelist

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In the church culture of today it seems like the extrovert mentality gets a lot of plugs.  Introverts have a lot to contribute too.  What does it mean to be an introvert?  An introvert is a person who recharges best when alone.  An extrovert is someone who is energized by crowds and people.  

I'm an introvert myself, and I can say from experience that introverts are often treated like something is defective about them.  They're told they need to socialize more and they're shamed for their private attitudes about life.  But the truth is, introverts can be introverts and it's OK to do so.  Christians can be introverts.  

Some Christians have debated what personality type Jesus was while he walked the Earth.  Was he an extrovert or an introvert?  Some insist he was an extrovert, while others point out his visits to places of isolation to show him as an introvert.  It's probably fairly reasonable to conclude that Jesus Christ was the perfect balance of both, firmly down the middle.  

The single most important part of being a Christian, a part of the church, is to carry the message.  The most important directive for Christians is to go to all nations and make disciples.  Is this command out of the reach of introverts?  Of course not.  So here are five ways an introvert can engage the world with the gospel:

1. Listening - One of the most powerful methods of evangelism is listening.  All I do is ask them about God or their religious views.  Then I listen.  I encourage them to share more.  I encourage thought and reflection.  It's a great to just get people thinking.  I share about Jesus.  I share my views.  But I just listen.  Most people need someone to listen. 

2. Prayer - Prayer changes the world and that's a fact.  Believe it.  We are in need of prayer warriors who really believe.  It's a perfect mission for introverts.

3. Literature - Tracts are important and useful. Yes, many really are saved and guided to Christ through tracts.  Even more than tracts though, are Bibles.  I spend a lot of time distributing Bibles.  I like to distribute versions like NIV, ESV, and NLT because they are easy to read.  Remember to purchase some large print bibles because the elderly will struggle with small print bibles. 

4. Social Media - I love social media.  I love sharing my views on social media.  It's perfect for introverts and even better for writers.  Engage on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.  Spread your wings on the internet super highway.  Pictures, scriptures, videos and much more.  Ain't technology great?

5. Blogging - Fascinating phenomenon, the blogging world.  Bloggers are like the philosophers who stood in the markets of the ancient world sharing their views.  We can share Jesus in the blogging world.  People love reading blogs.  There are tons of Christian blogs out there, but more are always needed, especially to reach certain people groups that often go unreached.  Are you called to blog for Jesus?

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