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The Gift of Community

The following is a special message from my good friend, Michael Chanley.  Of course, everyone considers Michael to be a good friend.  He’s somebody special with a burden for those that work with kids.  Whether you’re a paid staff member, a volunteer, or somebody with just past experiences; you’re invited to participate in the discussion everyday over at CMconnect.org!

The online community for children’s and family ministry has changed dramatically in the last two years. Social networking has transformed our ability to connect online.

There really is no reason to be a silo.  There is no reason to do ministry alone.

CMConnect is just one small piece of the vibrant online community. Facebook, twitter, and the blogosphere have all played major roles in the revolutionary way we are connected to one another. Additionally, traditional print sources, like  Children’s Ministry Magazine and  K! Mag, continue to change and adapt to equip the community. Then, there are the conferences… micro-conferences are springing up everywhere and new regional events. The conferences, traditional media, and online community have together transformed our ability to refine our talents.

However, there are still many out there doing ministry alone. They struggle week to week not knowing how to answer the problems they face in their ministry. They have no broader community to draw encouragement and wisdom. They share our passion; yet, they are disengaged.

Will you help us reach them?

This December, I’d like to challenge you… give the free gift of community.

Here are some ideas on how you can engage with the broader kidmin and fammin community:

Read more about giving the free gift of community in this post from Wayne Stocks.

Catch up on the latest from CMConnect Radio.

Visualize your global children’s and family ministry and add yourself.

Support our free community with a donation and please click the ads from our sponsors.

Thanks for all you do… it is a huge honor to be able to serve you and your church through this ministry.

// Michael Chanley, cmconnect.org

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. Jeff · December 9, 2010

    Great ideas Matt and Jonathan. It’s so true guys; these days there’s almost no excuse to be along in CM. There’s always somebody willing to help and connect if you just take that first step and ask.