I’m a moderate introvert with some tendencies to extroversion and this article nails it. I love loud music– for a time. But I have always been more able to experience worship in a setting as Westminster Abbey or the Joshua Tree National Park than any of the modern evangelical churches. This restores some hope.
I grew up in Pentecostal churches. For every service, we have a strict social regimen. As you walk in, you trade handshakes with each person you pass. For many, a hug is a likely option. It’s a familial atmosphere populated by some of the friendliest people on the planet. By the time I’ve reached my seat, I’ve interacted with a dozen or more.
Once service begins, churches follow a structural pattern: A welcome from the pastor or another member of the ministerial staff followed by a series of songs. Then comes offering, the sermon, and a closing altar call or prayer. It’s a routine nearly set in stone. It’s become tradition, and a very comfortable one at that. I was raised in it. I expect it. I can predict it.
But I’m painfully uncomfortable throughout.
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, my personality category (of 16 options) is INTP. The…
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