At our meeting last Saturday, we had an incredibly helpful conversation about building relationships with strangers while also being an introvert. Did you know that a lot of pastors are introverts? Yep. It’s true.
So much so that even me, a clear extrovert, is often “done” with my allotment of words by the end of the day. I can’t even imagine how my introverted colleagues manage it! And at this point I should say I’m not sure it’s fair for me to write this post but I’m gonna give it my best shot.
We were talking about being introverts when we were planning our June meeting, particularly when we were planning the “fellowship” portion of the meeting. We were honest that at times, walking into a Presbytery meeting can feel like walking into the proverbial “junior high cafeteria.” Do we know anyone in the room? Who shall I sit with? Will anyone talk to me? Will too many people talk to me? What will we talk about?
For many, fellowship time is daunting and exhausting. For many, fellowship time is invigorating and encouraging. But making friends and creating connections is imperative for us in a connectional church. We need one another.
The Transition Task Force has planned some ways to help facilitate conversation around tables during our “fellowship” hour of the meeting in June.
How? Well, Chris Smith is going to start us off talking about the Virtue of Dialogue during which we will begin some conversation. After Chris finishes up with our “Empower, Equip” hour, we will move into sharing a meal together. Around these tables, we’ll have some planned conversation to help us make friends and create connections.
As we think about the upcoming meetings in the fall, we have already begun to think about how to facilitate conversation about all kinds of important things about our churches, our faith and the work of our Presbytery.
We hope you’re looking forward to our fellowship in June and if you’re not because you’re an introvert… we’ve got you in mind!