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An Introduction to Dumb Things

This week I’m going to be sharing some of the dumbest things I’ve ever done in kidmin.  Trust me, I have some to share!

We are going to have some fun with this, as I share some of the most stupid, asinine,  and dumb things I’ve ever attempted in kidmin.  This will be hilarious, comical, laugh out loud funny, because somethings are just best laughed at.

However, there are some dumb things I’ve done in the past that are really serious.  Before we get to all the funny and dumb things I can gather into one blog, let me warn you of the REALLY dumb things you can do to ruin your kidmin areas.

  • Don’t collaborate with others outside your church.
  • Never speak up in a staff meeting.
  • Keep all those big ministry problems hidden from your senior pastor or executive leadership.
  • Don’t ever involve your volunteer leadership in big decisions.
  • Try to do everything yourself, it’s just easier that way!
  • Background checks take to long to process, so just get them done when you can. (This is beyond dumb, moves into criminally stupid!)

I’m sure you can think of some other more serious dumb things you’ve done, so feel free to add them below!

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. Wayne Stocks · November 1, 2010

    As someone who’s learned a heck of a lot more from his mistakes than his successes, I’m really looking forward to this series!

  2. Greg Baird · November 1, 2010

    I was consulting with a KidMin leader one time and they were lamenting the lack of volunteers. I said, “I thought you said you just did a big volunteer recruiting day. Didn’t you get enough sign-ups?” She said, “Oh, I have a stack of about 50 cards that were turned in sitting on my desk…I just haven’t had time to follow-up with them yet.”
    I really didn’t know how to respond! But I have found that not following up on potential volunteers is actually pretty common!