Are you an introvert or an extrovert (or somewhere in between)? Introverts recharge their physical/emotional/spiritual batteries through moments of solitude. Extroverts charge their batteries by being with others. Consider: Does your place on this continuum have any influence on your ministry with youth? I've been wondering about this lately. Though I certainly think that crazy games and activities have their place in youth ministry, I tend to prefer to develop activities for youth that are contemplative, restful, based in conversation and in small groups. I'm an introvert so this makes complete sense. Conversely, I've noticed that extrovertish youth ministers tend to develop youth programs full of high energy activities and outings, with loud music and lots movement.
So what about you? As you look at the kind of youth ministry you help to shape, does your personality on the introversion-extroversion scale seem to have an influence? And if so, what does this say about the ministries we are developing? Are they more about us or more about those we serve? I don't have an answer to this but I do think the issue is intriguing. -- Brian