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A Season of Change

He gave them this charge: What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. Luke 10:2 (MSG)

My church is located in a BIG college town, and I normally rely on a quite a few college students to volunteer in our Children’s areas during the week. With that being the case, this time of year can cause quite a stir. A few of my college volunteers are leaving for good, to pursue life in other cities; and a few are gone for the Summer and they may or may not return in August. It’s an expected part of life, and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to serve alongside them this past year.

But that is not the only loss this month. This is also cotton planting season, so I’m losing a worker that has to plant his fields (he’ll be out for a month or so.) I also had to ask a certain worker to step down from leading one of my small groups, due to a job change that forces him to work nights (and had led to some unpredictable attendance.) The short of it is that this Sunday marked the last Sunday for 4 of our 6 Elementary small group leaders. I still have one leader that is out helping her husband recover from Heart Surgery, and I hope to have her back soon. So this upcoming Sunday I’ll be short 5 of my 6 small group leaders.

The students will show up, and their families will be expecting the normal greatness (or not) that they get each and every week from our ministry team. Say a prayer for us this week, as I deal with some of the expected and unexpected departures of key team leaders. I know that sometimes the winds of change blow unexpectedly, and that I really believe that this could quite possibly be a blessing in disguise. My brain is spinning with ideas, and I’m being forced to rearrange my normal schedule to plan something new and different during this hour of ministry on Sunday mornings.

Aren’t these the times that I’ll look back on and be glad that we were forced to make the changes that we are considering?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. b/ · May 12, 2008

    With you. Feeling the heat and the unexpected. I’m a lead worshiper in Auburn and we’re experiencing the leaving factor. Losing a vocalist with a Christy Nockels voice but more important than her voice is the incredible heart. I am excited for them and excited that I can’t see the greater things yet to come.

    Be fluid.