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Why I Work with Kids

Tuesday night I spoke to a great collection of college students that attend our church.   They meet weekly on the campus of Texas Tech, and do the normal things Christians do when they get together; sing songs, listen to someone teach/preach/talk, fellowship, and generally hang out.   It was a fun time, and I ll be back next week to do more of the same.   When I do events like this I inevitably get asked the million dollar question.

Why would you want to work with kids?

I m sure they are confused about me, seeing that I don t fit their experience of what a normal Children s Pastor looks like.   I guess you could say I m an abnormal Children s Pastor.   So here s my official online response to the above question:

Three Reason Why I Love Working With Kids:

  1. IMPACT -Working with kids give me more potential impact on the entire family than any other demographic.   I ve worked with college students, high school students, and senior citizens; but have never been able to influence the spiritual direction of families more than I do when working with kids.   There is something about leading an 8 year old to Jesus that impacts families in a special and unique way.   I have never felt more on the front lines than I do now that I work with kids.
  2. VOLUNTEERS Working with kids always leads to working with adults.   When I did college ministry I could usually do any event with myself and one person to lead worship.   We could take turns running the sound board, and the two of us could do just about anything.   When working with kids this becomes totally impossible!   You just can t throw 300 kids between the ages of birth and 12 in a room with two people or at least you shouldn t.   Working with kids has allowed me to invest time with volunteers in greater numbers than ever before.
  3. They re KIDS For goodness sakes, we re talking about kids here.   I can get a laugh every week when I ask the boys to put their purses under their chairs.   Every single week without fail they will giggle at that joke.   Teenagers wouldn t laugh, and God knows that adults never laugh.   Working with kids forces me to be more creative than I ever thought was possible.   Working with kids has made me really think through anything I m about to say to make sure it s as understandable as possible. (and I think more adult speakers/pastors would be better served to spend more time doing this as well.)

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.