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Helping to Make our Message Real

Let’s talk about making that real lasting investment in our communities, and making it outside of our church.  (Catch-up with the introduction HERE.)    I love  MY  church,  THE  church, and the  calling of the church.  However, sincerely believing that doesn’t mean that the Church Can Do Everything, and it doesn’t end there.  One of the most important benefits to us as leaders to serve outside of our churches, is it Helps to Make our Message Real.

I know that for years I would speak, preach, teach, and talk family, family, family.  However, it wasn’t until I started fostering kids in my home that people began to listen.  There is something about backing up your message that will soften the hearts of the people you lead.  Those you influence will begin to see you truly leading from your passions in all areas of your life, and there may be no greater testimony that that to the people in our churches.

What in our personal life backs up what you preach?  And don’t say the work you do at the church! That’s only part of it.  Your calling is bigger than that 3 hour window on Sunday Mornings!  Put some  legs to all your talk of life-change, family discipleship, and bringing hope to children.  It’s time for those in churches to back up our Sunday talk with some Monday living.  We are not exempt from community outreach, just because we are ministers within a local church.

But what does it look like?  That’s up for you to decide.  

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. Neil Hancock · January 25, 2012

    Great Post and Great reminder!! Thanks!