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The Nursery…and Single Men

Today a pastor up north wrote a blog post about why single men should serve in the church nursery. As someone who loves kids and who grew up working with them in church settings, I was interested in what he had to say, especially since he has such a powerful platform.

While I resonated with nearly every part of his posting, one reason he gave for working in the church nursery is that it is a nice place to meet a single woman.

A church nursery is a wonderful place for many things – serving kids, serving the church, delving into imaginary worlds, telling stories about Jesus and other people from the Bible, and of course, having a scheduled snack time!

But is is not and should never be seen as a place to intentionally meet a romantic interest.

As someone who was a young adult and who works with young adults – most of whom are single – I see what happens when someone is interested in meeting/luring another person into their embrace. I’m sure you have also seen it/know it firsthand:

You ignore the rest of the world in order to get their attention.

You compromise other areas of your life in order to put yourself in the general vicinity of that person.

You do weird things.

And as the father of three young children, and as someone who cares deeply about all of the children I interact with, I do not want someone caring for my child who’s attention is going to be on winning the heart of a fellow nursery worker.

So do the church, and the world a favor – don’t make the church nursery a stalking ground for your romantic desires. Make it a place where you go to learn more about Jesus, the world and the little ones who need someone to love them for who they are, not what they can get you.


  1. Penny Krueger
    November 26, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    I agree. Meeting single girls are why dogs were created. Visit the pound and pick out a cute cuddly little dog & and gorgeous big dog. Walk them often & impress every female you encounter. They also give you something to talk about which is non lecherous.

  1. November 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

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