Many people have asked for the backstory on the crazy socks I wear when I preach at NEHBC. It’s simple. I want to create a connection point with the small children of our church. I want to break the ice and cultivate in them positive feelings towards the office of pastor–it will serve them well for the rest of their lives. And when they get a little older, I want them to look back and see they were on my mind even when they were very small.
What better way to connect with small children with whom I have very little in common than crazy socks? The socks are low to the ground so small children can see them. They find the socks funny and entertaining–creating positive vibes towards their pastor. The socks help the children overcome any fear of coming to talk to me. And socks are covered up by my pants legs when I preach so they aren’t an embarassment or distraction to the church.
Some Sundays I walk through as many preschool classrooms as possible just to show them the crazy socks. If I meet a child in the lobby, I usually go straight to showing off my socks.
And it works…its like bees to sugar water. Many small children come find me on Sunday mornings now. We laugh, we talk about what’s on my socks, and I hope it’s the beginning of a positive relationship with pastors that will benefit them for years to come.