5 Reasons Your Introverted Pastor Does NOT Hate You
This post is adapted from this post. It’s so freeing for me to read. I encourage you to read it too… Does your pastor seem to: – think more than talk – have no backbone regarding conflict – avoid you – only share personal information with a select few – prefer writing over talking – dislike or even hate you Allow me to be preemptively forthright: Your pastor does not dislike or hate you. Here are 5 things which may help you understand your introverted pastor and trust that she does not hate you. 1. IT’S NOT YOU, ITS HER. This is a part of her personality. The disconnection is not because of you. This is not an excuse; it is a simple statement of reality. The quiet reservedness is part of the way she is wired. It is not a reflection of how she thinks of you. 2. SHE IS NOT A BOUNCER (prone to DEPTH; not frequency) Your introverted pastor is not going to be the type to bounce around from conversation to conversation on a Saturday (or whenever your main gathering is). Outgoing introverts have to work at it in large groups, but the depth of a face-to-face conversation with an introvert may be one of the deepest and most intentional conversations you’ve had. 3. THERE IS ALWAYS A “WHY” (processes) An introvert, especially an introverted leader, is ALWAYS internally processing things. When an introverted leader enacts a change, which makes no sense to you, you can be assured that she has been over and over and over that decision in her mind for days, weeks, or months. Introverted pastors make no flippant changes. Ask for the “why”, and she will likely have a well-thought out answer for you. 4. SHE IS AWARE OF MORE THAN YOU THINK (she observes and reads people…constantly) Never assume your pastor knows nothing about you. A part of the internal processing mentioned above also applies to people watching. Your introverted pastor observes and reads people…constantly. Introverts have an uncanny ability to read people below the surface. She may not expose what she perceives verbally, but rest assured she knows you exist and… 5. SHE LOVES YOU DEARLY…BUT SHE IS DRAINED BY YOU Introverted ≠ shy. Extroverted ≠ outgoing. The two words are references to how the person is energized. Extroverted people are energized by people, and are bored to tears when alone for too long. Introverted people are energized by time alone and are drained by extended exposure to large groups of people. Your introverted pastor is likely an outgoing introvert, but ‘outgoing’ is a mode she has to put herself into. It drains her energy level. It is NOT a reflection of you…it is the way she is wired. [BONUS]: She IS aware of the disconnection…and she hates it The downside of the internal processing is that your introverted pastor internalizes EVERYTHING, which includes the negative things. She very much desires to be connected to everyone at the appropriate depths a pastor SHOULD, but the very personality that makes her who she is makes it difficult to attain and sustain frequent connection. She constantly thinks about the disconnection you feel, but she takes every bit of it personally. What seems like an oddity to an extrovert is a thorn in the flesh of an introvert. Be mindful of these things next time you feel your introverted pastor dislikes you or intentionally distances herself from you.