The title of this post may have gotten your attention, and while I did want to get your attention, I also want you to stop and think about the following questions -
- Why is it in children's ministry - and in the church - we are often so quick to betray, marginalize and wound those who serve alongside us?
- Why do we use "shame" to further our own agendas and church politics to move people out of our way?
- Why do so many people end up deeply hurt in our churches?
I've served in churches where it was an absolute delight to do so! I've also served in churches where church politics and using people as "pawns" resulted in people feeling betrayed, wounded, feeling alone and marginalized. While the sad potential certainly exists for church politics to "rear it's ugly head" in any area in the church, I've noticed it shows up often in children's ministry. I've wondered why this happens, and think it may be for some of the following reasons -