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What Can A Shy Person Do

Since I am a very shy person, what can I do to help out at my local church? I am not good at starting conversations.

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 ---Jamie on 6/14/06
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I too am very shy, when i talk to people one on one, I turn the brightest red, even my ears. I started helping at church, by showing up whenever they asked for volunteers. It was fun and the more I was with everyone the more I relaxed. Well now I am on the platform, making announcements every Sunday. Just pray, God will help you.
---bethie on 2/3/08

There can be a solution to a problem, right in the problem (-:} > if you don't get much going with people, this can give you time to be nicely quiet with the LORD in His loving companionship.

And once the LORD has you more socializing with others . . . make sure you don't forget Him for people, but keep on sharing with Him in times of prayer, and enjoy Him while you are with people > stay attentive to Him, all the time, more than to people and problems.
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/16/07

For starters:You could cook and serve in the kitchen, sing in the choir, help clean the church, work in the nursery. Start a prayer ministry. But also remember: God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and of a sound mind. Speak out for Christ. Ask Him to give you that holy boldness. I have seen the meekest of believers become roaring lions for Christ. Ask Jesus for what you need and want. He is there for you. We must also be able and willing to share the gospel with the lost.
---Robyn on 6/16/07

Acts 4:13, 29, 31
---Linda6563 on 6/2/07

Throughout history, God has specialized in using people who were inadequated for the task. Look at Moses for example.

Exodus 4:10-12 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, ...but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
---Bruce5656 on 6/15/06

The lady who sings with us used to be so shy, people wondered if she could even talk. God got ahold of her and she sings and testifies boldly.
---shira on 6/15/06

Cooperate whenever you can. It is by working together in a church activity that you can gain friends. Having friends in the church that you are atttending would let you surmount your own shyness.
---Bebet3754 on 6/15/06

Seek areas of service that are behind the scenes. One would be the prayer ministry. Our church has a prayer chain where prayer requests are e-mailed to a list of people who want to be on it. The coordinator receives the requests either on the phone or through her e-mail and then she forwards them to the list. It is invaluable for getting out those urgent requests. What's nice is former members can send requests and also keep praying for us as many are still on the list.
---Madison1101 on 6/14/06

Get Baptized in the Holy Spirit, as described in the book of Acts. I used to be shy but it gave me power!
---wes on 6/14/06

Have you read the book "Feeling and Healing Your Emotions" by Conrad Baars or "Healing the Unaffirmed" by Conrad Baars and Anna Terruwe? "Born Only Once" is a small, but helpful book by Baars too. I recommend them to everyone who is shy.

I also recommend them for anyone who does not feel loved or lovable. These books, though psychology books for the most part, are the basis for loving as Jesus loves!!
---MaryLouise on 6/14/06

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