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Away I Go

This morning I’m getting on a plane so I can go wait at another airport for 3 hours to then get on another plane and then eventually find myself at “The Gathering.”  The Gathering is a special collection of family ministry leaders from around the country.  David C. Cook explains it this way:

The Gathering exists for the purpose of inspiring, equipping, and supporting the faith community in order that they may become awakened to their role as ambassadors of God, His kingdom movement, and spiritual formation through family ministry within the local church.

I’m excited about being there for a bunch of reasons, but I’ve been narrowed it down to really just ONE thing.  I don’t know anyone teaching, speaking, or leading there. When I was invited to participate, and was having to decide (along with my family) if this was something worthy of me being away; the really big draw was the opportunity to hear some voices I’m not familiar with.

It’s important to note that I do NOT work for a curriculum provider.  I’m NOT in the “business” of church ministry, and I’m NOT selling anything.  Sure, I have my favorites and I have the resources I use at my church.  But at heart, I’m a man that has a burden for the Next Generations in my local church.  The Gathering is about tapping into that passion I have, and helping me lead better from where I am.  I’m looking forward to a week that helps me increase my leadership to families in a new way.

I’ll be blogging a bunch here over the next few days, so stay tuned for some new fresh voices for you as well.  Maybe you’ll hear something you’ve never heard before, and most likely it comes from somebody you’ve never heard of.

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.