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Hello. It’s me again.

After a few weeks of looking, I’ve finally found that blog that I had misplaced.  Seems it got thrown out with the garbage, and there I was in the alley with a flashlight at 10pm looking for jonathancliff.com.  Or maybe I lost it somewhere in a couch cushion, or maybe my toddler hid it in a pair of shoes that I never wear, or maybe my wife had left it in one of the suitcases from vacation and it was in the attic, or maybe my kids loaned it to a neighbor kid that never brought it back, or maybe I just got super busy and took a blog vacation with no formal announcement.  You know, let’s go with that last one.

As I get ready to post thoughts and teachings from my life over the past few weeks (and I promise it’s coming), I wanted to kick things off with an official “Friday Bag” of goodies:

  • I got to spend an entire week with good friend Sam Luce and discovered that New York has it’s own special blend of rednecks.  And they use the word, “wicked” way more than a person should.  Seriously it was a highlight of my summer to spend time with Sam, and speak to his middle schoolers.  I left more impressed with Sam than I was before, and excited for the great team he has working with him there at Reedemer Church.  (I also can attest to the existence of his family, and the greatness of his wife’s Italian cooking.)
  • Speaking of New York, I felt like I was in an episode of Candid Camera as I travelled back home to Lubbock last week.  I took the strange route of Albany, NY to Detroit, MI to Pittsburgh,PA to Memphis,TN to Lubbock.  One word to describe that day of flights: KILLER.
  • I also got to spend a weekend with Kenny, Matt, and Sam at the Illuminate Conference in Birmingham, AL.  It was so encouraging to spend time with leaders and volunteers that work in Children’s Ministry.  There are some great leaders in the Birmingham area, and was so impressed with the team from Gateway Church in Austin and Westwood Church in Alabama.  Great, great leaders!
  • The kids started school last week, and for the first time in my life all three of my kids are at school at the same time.  I’ll no longer have a kid home with me on my day off work.  Except for the fact that we currently have an 18-month old fostering with us.  There is that one thing.
  • We are beginning to get seriously amped up for the Forever Remember 9/11 event that Trinity Church is hosting at the United Spirit Arena on September 11th.  It’s going to be a great city-wide memorial service and a great chance to honor first responders.  With all that the morning service will be, it’s going to be a fun family event afterwards on our church campus.  Trinity Church is a church that loves it’s city!


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. Lindsey Whitney · September 4, 2011

    Hey, welcome back!  That’s so interesting that you guys foster– how has it been?  We’ve thought about it as well, but our are pretty young still, so in the future.  Glad the conference went well!  

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

    • Jonathan Cliff · September 4, 2011

      We’ve only had 3 kids, and been doing it for 8 months. The kid we have now, we’ve had for 6 months. It’s been an adventure to say the least!