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Make your Time Count

We all want parents to be on time.   It s hard on leaders everywhere to stop mid-way through a teaching segment to stand up and let the kid into your class for the last 20 minutes of your time together.   It s hard in the middle of a fantastic storytelling moment in large group, and somebody has to get up and help the latecomer find his place.   Maybe your church has time cut-off limits, and good for you; but most of us don t have the luxury.   To overcome this, you must begin to ask yourselves if you have done your very best to give them something to arrive on time for?   Does it matter if parents arrive on time?   Have you tweaked and adjusted your classroom settings to encourage early arrival?   Many times all it takes is to build the relationship aspects of our ministries into the very first few minutes; and that alone will get those kids cheerleading to their parents to be on time.

We can communicate the value of timeliness by building value into the earliest parts of the morning, and training teachers to lead through this arrival time.  

It s on me.   It s on you.


We Wish Parents Would __________.

Help Parents Be at Church


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 Comment

  1. Chris · May 16, 2012

    Good stuff Jonathan!   I believe when parents are always late…they are teaching their kids to NOT honor others.