Growing up as a Christian, the concept of evangelism used to bring on waves of mild anxiety. “The Great Commission” was always at the forefront of my mind—to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and to make “fishers of men” in every arena of our lives. We were often encouraged to share consistently without fear of judgment, to ask strangers if they need prayer and carry a Bible in public spaces as a conversation starter.
As an introvert, the idea of being vulnerable and bold with every person I encountered not only seemed terrifying, it felt out of character. If I wasn’t telling everyone I knew and met about Jesus, inviting them to church, seeing them baptized and sharing a praise report a week later, was I even a productive Christian at all?
While the sentiment of sharing faith holds true, the culture of evangelism I witnessed created what I now know to be an incredibly narrow idea of the concept. Even as an adult, I still find myself subject to the pressure to share my faith in a style that’s not my own. Evangelism does not live in an extrovert’s world—in fact, we need all personalities to champion faith.
So for the introverts who still don’t quite feel at peace with this whole evangelism thing, here’s a guide to sharing your faith.
1. Evangelism isn’t about being social; it’s about your story and that matters.
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The major mental hurdle I had to overcome is equating evangelism to extroversion, or even socializing. Not only is that nowhere in the Bible, it completely minimizes the depth and purpose of sharing the gospel. It is about sharing your story, and your experience with God, with others.
The narrative is considered the greatest window into faith, as it allows people to “see themselves” in it. Consider this: the Bible, the word of God itself, is nothing but stories. Your willingness to share your story, what God has done in your life, what you’re praying for—it all matters and should be the focus.
2. You’re not performing or selling something. Focus on authenticity.
Once you’ve found yourself in a conversation about faith, alarms sometimes sound. “Okay, here’s my shot to convince this person God is real,” might be what runs through your mind. While the pressure to make a lasting impression is widely felt, for introverts, that feeling can be overwhelming and even undermining.
Remind yourself this is not about “selling Jesus” door-to-door. The moment you focus on tailoring your story to be “palatable” or “compelling enough” you’ve lost your most critical element: authenticity. Don’t make your goal to change their mind or perspective. Focus on planting a seed by being sincere. It’s genuine vulnerability that often prompts people’s hearts to truly receive the message.
3. Let The Holy Spirit guide you, not social pressure.
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As we walk through our faith, we’ll always feel challenged in our spirit to push boundaries. However, it’s important to discern a push from God from a push from your social environment. Evangelism was ingrained in me for so long as mass social outreach, that I carried the pressure to awkwardly bring it up in every conversation, no matter the cost.
When you trust the Holy Spirit to guide every relationship, moment to moment, you’ll see yourself break boundaries in a beautifully authentic way.
But again, this comes back to God’s intention, and that’s to use YOU. If you’re caught up trying to play the role of the perfect “Christian social butterfly” your outreach will be hollow and riddled with stress because it’s not you. When you trust the Holy Spirit to guide every relationship, moment to moment, you’ll see yourself break boundaries in a beautifully authentic way. You’ll be surprised by where that freedom will take you when social pressure is shut out.
4. Introversion is your gift, own it!
It’s easy to look at ourselves and ask why we can’t be “more this” or act “more that.” But introversion is not a curse, it’s a blessing. Introverts are often hailed for being personable, trustworthy and making people feel safe in conversation. It gives you great empathy for people who might feel uncomfortable talking about faith and helping them feel understood.
Always remember that evangelism comes in many forms. Even if you aren’t discussing faith explicitly, your actions are loud and profound. When we simply seek what God wants from us in every interaction, we allow Him to shine to our peers, community, family and friends. Embrace who He made you to be.
And always remember, no one can rock a one-on-one like an introvert—so own it!
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