John Kissinger Always wondered WHY there are ‘many’ introverts in ministry? After all, extroverts are much more fitted for the ministry… Do you know which personality style is more effective for the pastor of a large church? http://www.churchcentral.com/videos/extroverts-and-introverts-in-ministry-which-is-more-effective/
John Kissinger [12/14/2015 7:16 AM]
Susan Cain explores many questions related to the rise of one particular characteristic identified in the Myers-Briggs, “extroversion,” as the “cultural ideal” in American society. And, among the most interesting issues she explores, is the question, “Was Jesus an extrovert?” The idea Cain is, in fact, exploring is not the Christological question, per se, but the tendency in the American church to idealize extroversion to the point that we have, perhaps, idolized this one particular way of being in relationship. And this tendency may be undercutting the effectiveness of ministry.
She quotes one church leader as saying: “The priest must be … an extrovert who enthusiastically engages members and newcomers, a team player.” Another church leader warns church members who are charged with recruiting a new pastor to take a close look at the Myers-Briggs personality test on every potential minister. “If the first letter isn’t an ‘E’ [for extrovert]… think twice… I’m sure our Lord was [an extrovert].” http://bit.ly/1RMZ5hN
So I’ve been wondering about whether Jesus was an introvert or an extrovert. Obviously I may be projecting, but I believe he was an introvert. He was certainly a “high reactive” to religious hypocrisy and “sensitive” to religious outcasts. When tempted in his solitary sojourn in the wilderness by relevance, sensationalism, and power, he resisted. Though followed by multitudes seeking healings and teachings, he found lonely places to pray or a boat from which to preach. He called 12 disciples, and taught them privately. Perhaps it was the temperament of being introverts that Jesus shared with “the disciple whom Jesus (especially) loved” who gave us the most mystical gospel. But without extroverts like Peter and Paul, the world may not have been evangelized. http://chrisglaser.blogspot.com/2013/05/jesus-introvert-or-extrovert.html