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My Big Bag of Nothing Special Easter Edition

  • Isn t Easter weekend fun?  Here at Trinity Church, Easter was indeed a great success.  I hate posting numbers, but I m proud of our team so I m going to throw them out there.  For 4 services this weekend we ministered to 743 kids and saw 53 kids attend for the very first time.  Praise God!
  • Easter also saw the launching of our new Saturday Night services.  Having church on Saturday nights is going to kick my butt.  Don t get me wrong it was a great time, but my body just isn t used to ramping up on Saturday nights.  I was with Elementary kids and had a great time with a smaller group, about 60.  I really need to find some volunteers to take that night for me, and I m sure the job posting will be heading out there from HR any minute now.
  • Every time I hear something about Saturday night church I think of this song Is there something wrong with me?
  • One of my favorite things about Easter services, is seeing new kids that I have no relationship with.  It is so fun to meet new people, and make first impressions again.  I know we have new kids every week, but Easter is unique in the shear amount of first-timers.
  • I used The Girly Dress Method of reaching out to new kids all Easter morning.  It s classic, and gets a laugh 100% of the time.  I even heard that it works in Austin, TX.
  • I got my new Macbook on Good Friday.  I got to hand it to the boys at Apple, cause they know how to package a product.  I almost wanted to wrap it up and take it out of the box again and again.  I m learning how to work this Macbook, but it s going to take some time.  I feel like I m driving a really fast car in a school zone
  • The more I lead people, the more I learn how dumb I am.  How did I get put in charge of so many great volunteers and staff?
  • I had a weird dream about a guy whose blog I read.  It was really strange and related to one of his blog posts, so I decided he d get a kick out of it and emailed it to him.  About 6 hours later I wished I had kept it to myself.  I m embarrassed.  He said it made him laugh, but I m thinking he s lining up the restraining order as I type.
  • I need some new music to listen to, any recommendations?
  • I am so excited about heading out to The Orange Conference in two weeks, but I m bummed that I have to miss my 1st graders field trip to the Science Museum, and a Friday night baseball game with both the boys.

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. Kenny · April 14, 2009

    Ha! Loved the recap. I need to do one of these as well.

    Yup, Saturday is a butt kicking, no matter how you look at it.

    I’m curious about this restraining order email you sent… hmmm.

    BTW, I’m listening to your “song” as I type this. People are walking by my office and staring…

  2. Scott Wiley · April 14, 2009

    Sounds like a great Easter.

    I always like connecting to new kids, too.

    We don’t have Saturday night church but I can see how it would be a challenge.

    And now your song is stuck in my head. Guess I’ll be hearing that in my dreams tonight.

  3. Kelly · April 15, 2009

    We love our iMac, but it does take some getting used to. Congrats!

    Music recommendations: Have you listened much to Iron and Wine? really good. Also, Jack Johnson, Richard Swift or Ben Folds. Of course, Ben Folds can’t stop throwing cuss words into his songs and that is annoying – you probably shouldn’t listen to him while working at church – ha :)

    If you wait a few months, Rosie will have a new album out (probably sometime in the fall). No doubt, that will be good.