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Things are about to Change

This seems awkward to make an announcement in this forum, but I’ve started getting some questions and emails from people about things they’ve heard, so let’s get this cat out of the bag.  Starting in January, my role at Trinity Church is changing quite a bit.  For over 3 years I’ve served as the “Children’s Ministry Pastor.”  At my church, and like many other churches this has left me responsible for all church ministry for those between the ages of birth to the 5th grade.  In the time I’ve been at Trinity, I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by some amazingly talented people that have grown, innovated, and created a fantastic ministry to children.  We’re far from perfect, but we have come such a long way!

With the development of the  KIDMIN team, and a reorginization of our church staffing; I’ve now broadened my responsibilites to accept the position of “Next Generation Ministry Pastor.”

But what does this mean?  It means that along with managing the existing Kidmin team at Trinity, I’ll also be leading the Jr. High, Sr. High, and College Ministries.  By leading, I mean that I’ll be leading some awesome leaders already doing great things here at Trinity Church.  I’ve been tasked with the goal of implementing an Integrated Strategy for preschoolers, children, students, and young adults, and I’ve been given the goal of starting what should be an Orange model of ministry that is unique for Trinity Church.

I’m about 50% excited and 50% scared out of my mind.  As far as this blog goes, it will be what it is.  The family and children are my heart, and in my new position all that I lead from will come from that heart.  I’ll still be teaching children one weekend a month in our large group teaching environments, and look forward to continue to make Trinity Church a place for families in Lubbock, TX.

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. amy dolan · January 18, 2011

    congrats, jonathan! thrilled for your new adventure – and excited to read your stories on the blog!

  2. Joe McAlpine · January 18, 2011

    Congrats man! Your church just got an upgrade!

  3. Glen Alan Woods · January 18, 2011

    Congratulations, Jonathan! That’s huge. I look forward to hearing more about your journey as it progresses.

  4. leena prindle · January 22, 2011

    It is a big call, but possible. I have a similar position as. Director of Faith Formation at a small church. I also coordinate adult education….so it is cradle to grave. I have found the Lifeserve conference to be an awesome place of encouragement for equipping others for such a broad range in ministry.

    • Jonathan Cliff · January 22, 2011

      Thanks for the comment. I’m gonna check out that conference for sure.

      And love the “cradle to grave” reference! That cracks me up!

  5. Carol Waller · February 4, 2011

    Jonathan, I am wondering if you could elaborate on the leaders you lead — do you have age-level staff who work for you, and are they full or part time?

  6. Carol Waller · February 4, 2011

    Jonathan, I am wondering if you could elaborate on the leaders you lead — do you have age-level staff who work for you, and are they full or part time?

    • Jonathan Cliff · February 7, 2011

      I have the following full-time staff:
      Youth Minister (overseeing middle school and senior high students)
      Elementary Production Director
      Early Childhood Director
      College and Young Adults Minister
      Youth Ministry Administrative Assistant
      Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant

      And part-time staff:
      Early Childhood Setup Assistant
      Elementary Check-in Manager
      Youth Ministry Leader/Intern/Assistant

      Right now I’ve inherited much of what has already existed, so much of this will be tweaked and altared moving forward. But this is what is currently.

      Thanks for the comment!