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Looking Forward to CPC

I’ll be heading to Orlando, FL this week to make my very first visit to THE Children’s Pastor Conference.  I’ve never made it to this gathering of Kidmin leaders, and I’m looking forward to so much as I escape the relatively cold climate of West Texas in January for the relatively warm climate of Florida!

What I’m looking forward to:

  • My friends are gonna be there.  The short ones, tall ones, smart ones, curious ones, and even Matt McKee.  Seriously, I love anything that  incorporates  the leadership of Sam Luce, Jim Wideman, Craig Jutila, Gina McClain, and so many others.
  • Experiencing some of Michael Chanley’s new ideas.  Michael is the newest Executive Director of INCM, and I know that he brings a ton of connecting ability to the organization and conference.  I’m super-excited to see all he’s told me about played out for everyone to experience.
  • The 5 Initiatives.  What are the 5 Initiatives?
    1. Impart God’s truth to this generation
    2. Provide a safe and relevant environment
    3. Communicate with families
    4. Network with a community of leaders
    5. Pray for the international children’s ministry community
  • The INCM Certificate Program.  Basically, it’s a way for you to specialize in something and take it back home to your church as a expert in that area.  I’ll let Michael explain it in more depth HERE.
If you aren’t able to be with me in Orlando, would you consider the next CPC in San Diego?  It’s at the end of February!  Register today!


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. Matt McKee · January 10, 2012

    Thanks for the mention. Can’t wait to hang out.

  2. ginamcclain · January 11, 2012

    I officially fall under the ‘short’ descriptor.  :)