Jay L. Perry

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Growing up in a pastor’s family, I have lived in several states, including Michigan, Northern California, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota.

In 1994, language studies took me to Bogenhofen in Austria, where I met Kendra.  We married in 1997 and adopted Nathaniel in 2005.  Kendra is a language and literacy teacher.  Nathaniel enjoys gymnastics and painting.  And we all love music, reading, nature, and spending time together.

I was my mom’s primary caregiver from April 2010 until her death in December 2011.  In August 2012, I accepted a call to the San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay church district in the Central California Conference.

Professionally, my motivating passion is helping people and churches take the next step on their spiritual journey.

I love seeing God change people’s lives as they encounter Him and decide to follow Him.  I enjoy being part of that journey through evangelism, relevant preaching, discipleship training, mentoring, and coaching.  I have published the Getting to Know Jesus Devotional Journal and  Personal Vision Workbook to help people discover Jesus and understand their unique calling.

I also enjoy seeing an entire congregation discover and choose to follow their next step as a church.  I have a strong emphasis on developing functional systems – guest path, membership track, assimilation systems, etc – to help the church get to the next level.  In past congregations, I have raised funds for a building project and helped a church find a new permanent home.  I have transitioned leaders into a functional team-based ministry structure.  I have used Natural Church Development to analyze and address church weaknesses and build on strengths.

On this website, you will find my résumé and education information.  You will also find several resources that I have created.  From time to time I will also be posting news, ideas, projects, and soapboxes.  Please look around the site and consider subscribing, so you will receive an email when I post something new.

My Personal Vision Statement

My Purpose
I exist to live in childlike dependence on God, growing and maturing every day, letting people see His hand at work in my life.

My Core Values

  • Excellence – honoring God and inspiring people
  • Authentic Relationships – intentionally deepening with family and a few close friends
  • Visionary Leadership – listening, dreaming, obeying, mentoring, and leading the charge
  • Team Ministry – completing gifts, sharpening, challenging, inspiring, holding accountable
  • Pioneering – trying new things, starting new ventures
  • Church Planting – expanding God’s kingdom through new, mission-driven churches
  • Practicality – doing only those things that work
  • Worship – publicly and privately honoring God as Creator, Redeemer, and Lord

My Calling
My calling is to live a balanced life of love and service to God, my family, and my community.

I am called to place my family above my vocation, to be a loving and accessible husband and father, ministering to my family’s needs and demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways.

I am called to facilitate a healthy, growing network of churches that glorify God and prepare communities for Christ’s soon return.  I am called to pastor churches that will become very significant in their communities.

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