How Can I Tell if My Pastor is Extroverted or Introverted?

November 1, 2016 by  
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INTOEXTRO

At least one in three people are introverted, and believe it or not most pastors are introverted. You would think the opposite is true because of the job requirements which include more extroverted tasks, yet this is not the case. Some introverted pastors have learned to hide their personality traits and disguise themselves very well as an extrovert, but at the end of the day, they feel drained and not energized by all of the socialization. This is the classic definition what it means to be an introvert and extrovert. If group meetings and kicking ideas around with others energizes you, then you are probably an extrovert. And if these tasks leave you exhausted although you love doing them, you are more than likely an introvert.

Here are a few things to look for if you are trying to figure out if your pastor is an introvert of extrovert:

Introverted pastors:

  • will often take more time to respond to your concerns and questions
  • prefer to email or use social media rather than talk on the phone
  • feel more comfortable in an solitary office rather than a joint office with other staff members
  • don’t like having large boards to question their authority
  • give hand outs or use PowerPoint presentations to get point across, these aids decrease performance anxiety
  •  take longer to come to a decision or to form an opinion
  • are more softly spoken when not behind the pulpit
  • don’t like to compete for attention or their voice being hear
  • crying babies would distract them
  • are at times height challenged
  • have speech difficulty of some sort
  • will have facial hair if they have thinning hair
  • bring up past often
  • thrive on scholarly accomplishments and prefer to be address with some formal title
  • have one close advisors that will make hard choices
  • are drained after preaching and may disappear sporadically to recharge
  • listen well without interrupting
  • send out memos rather than telling congregation in person
  • are passive aggressive and avoid conflict
  • are fully aware of others passive aggressiveness
  • have facial expressions that may seem forced or unnatural

Extroverted pastors:

  • probably will shy away from handouts in sermon and are comfortable using or not using PowerPoint’s
  • encourage the opinions of others and love brainstorming
  • like open-plan offices
  • are more commonly tall
  • are good problem solvers and will address conflict head-on
  • speak at a fast loud pass
  • have many advisors
  • make everybody feel like a close friend
  • have all their hair
  • feel full of energy after preaching
  • are not easily distracted while preaching
  • prefer to tell people things in person
  • might not see the value in bulletin boards
  • think often of future plans and church growth
  • feel scholarly accomplishments are no big deal and formal titles are superficial
  • will stay after church and talk to everybody and will see this as a pleasure and not a task
  • love stopping by and talking to people outside of church
  • are energized by community functions and social gathering
  • may not fully understand hidden intent of what is being said
  • are challenged by recognizing passive aggressive behavior
  • are easy to talk to
  • welcome feedback and constructive criticism