Cliques at Church

Tracy Tracy

I don’t know when or how it started; but over the years, several cliques have formed within my youth group. The people in one of these groups have become rather exclusive, sitting together in worship services, eating together after church, and never inviting anyone else to join them. In fact, they rarely even greet others.

teen comforting friend Ftr TSP 114333866Some time ago, a girl from my school started coming our church. Her parents were not believers, and I could tell she was searching for a place to belong. At first, she did not seem to mind the exclusivity of our youth group. But after a year, she stopped coming to our church. She told me that she did not feel welcomed and that she thought a few of the kids even knew her name. I tried to convince her that she was wrong, but deep inside I knew she was probably right.

It pains me to know that after breaking through the barriers at home in order to come to church, this girl encountered more walls in the very place she hoped to find a home. Jesus was not in a clique and never treated anyone as a stranger. If we are the Body of Christ, we too must welcome everyone into the household of faith.

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REFLECT AND ACT: Are there cliques in your youth group? Are you guilty of excluding others? Do you know someone who feels left out? This week, make an effort to break down the walls of exclusivity and welcome this person to God’s house.

–from devozine (March/April 2007). Copyright © 2007 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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