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Dear Parents Introduction

In the next couple of weeks I’m going to release four blog posts that have been stored up in my draft folder for weeks. I wrote four letters as an open confrontation to parents that I’ve worked in a church setting with over the years. I’ve been a Children’s Pastor for a while, and everywhere I’ve ever been I see many of the same things. Let me say that each letter I hit “Publish” on will link back to this post so I wanted to put it this way.

Why did I write these letters?

Easy.  To get something off my chest.

The better question would be, “Why did you Publish these?”

That’s the harder one.  I felt it necessary to release this out there as a common sounding board on my personal site to make a connection with other Children’s Pastors, and they are also being posted on our Trinity Kidsplace Ministry Parent’s Blog too.

What else would you add?

I love parents.  I love that they bring their kids to church, I love that they all do little things to connect with their kids in a spiritual way, and I love it that they trust me to help them raise Spiritual Champions.  But I need more help, and these letters are an expression of my heart towards parents.

I only ask that you assume the best of my intentions and with as much grace and humility as I can gather…I present to you…”Dear Parents.”

Dear Parents // Take your kids to church

Dear Parents // Be on Time

Dear Parents // Church as Punishment?

Dear Parents // Talk about church

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. Jared M · January 19, 2011

    Uh oh. This sounds dangerous. I can’t wait to read them.

  2. beth Ann Murray · January 22, 2011

    Dear Jonathan, I loved your introduction note and 1st letter. I used this first letter but turned it around so it only read postively. Thank you for the push to thank parents for attending church and sharing their children with us so we too can be a part of their children’s Spiritual training.

  3. LaDonna Rose · January 23, 2011

    wow!! It’s to bad that society has bog the family down with so many obligations (two parent income households)that make it so overwhemling to have to choose church or to relax on Sunday morning because of being extremely exhausted from the week’s bliss. It’s great to hear your boldness. We must remember that God gives us free will and he says with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

  4. Jonathon Mitchell · January 29, 2011

    I’m loving this series! Thanks for sharing.