Whack! Tom hits Jerry with the metal rod. Jerry, though seeing a few stars quickly rotating above his head, escapes through the miniscule mouse hole alongside the wall of the living room. Tom is the cat and Jerry is the mouse in the classic Tom and Jerry cartoon series, normally filled with scene-after-scene of a cat hunting the mouse. Last week my 4-year-old daughter and I enjoyed giggling at the humorous and seemingly painful scenes showing the hunt. Many times the cartoon leaves you in suspense, leading you to conclude almost certainty of Jerry’s death but always escapes. Is Children’s ministry like Tom and Jerry? Are we always hunting ways to build, maintain or even revitalize the ministry but coming up empty handed, misdirected, confused, hurt, discouraged, yelled at, laughed at, angry or hopeless?