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What Kind of Tree Would You Be?

Yet again, it is time for transition in our Children’s Ministry Team. We lost one of the best parts of our team last week. I reluctantly agreed to let our Resource Coordinator move with her husband as he took a job in another state (not that I really had any say in it…), and I had to begin the new job posting process.

Interviewing is always fun for me, because I get to meet new people that wouldn’t normally just walk into my office. It’s also difficult because most of the people I interview will get the phone call telling them that I chose someone else for the job they wanted for themselves. There is nothing fun about those calls, and are usually done while I pace back and forth in my office. Someday I’ll pass the buck on to someone else to make that call, but I still feel that I should be the one to deliver that news. I’ve had the dreaded ‘never hear from again’ response after interviews, so I’ve always decided that I would deliver this news promptly and respectfully to all who interview.

Of course, on the flip-side it’s great to invite someone to join my team. Hearing their excitement gets me excited about the future. It’s humbling that someone wants to join our CM staff, and it always adds a new energy to everything we do. In fact when I’m interviewing, I’m usually just evaluating that person on what they will bring to my team. I figure I can teach and coach just about anything to anybody (within reason), but what I really need is someone that will push our Children’s Ministry team to another level. I’ll be praying that it happens!

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. Matthews · July 15, 2008

    Thanks for the compliment! Miss all of you and know that there is someone GREAT out there to replace me! Though not too great. Don’t want to be forgotten! And are you running??!!

  2. College Station · August 3, 2008

    The great thing about working in the CM is that each one of us brought what the Lord needed at that time and He is waiting to introduce His next warrior to take it to a new level. Those of us that have passed through those doors can’t even imagine what He has in store for that amazing ministry! Keep up the good work and keep your eyes on Him. CM Team ya’ll are in my prayers!

    Love,College Station