Jay L. Perry

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After a leave of absence to take care of my mom, I’m now looking to get back into pastoral ministry.

I have big ideas for big churches and I have experience growing small churches.  I might even be interested in church planting again.

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Leadership through Longevity

Today’s time management tip is really a part of my big soap box rant about pastors staying long enough to make a difference in a local congregation.

The average tenure (meaning “ten years”) of a pastor in North America (across all denominations) is less than five years.

Back in 1954, a pastor could walk into a new pastorate and have… Continue reading

From First-time Visitors to Members

Guest Path and Assimilation Process


Every church needs a well-thought-out system for assimilating people.

It’s a stewardship issue. I really believe that God will not entrust more visitors to you than your church is spiritually, physically, or organizationally capable of dealing with. If you don’t know how to deal with them when they come, don’t worry; you won’t have to.

This used to be… Continue reading

Planning a Sermonic Year

Planning out my sermonic year seemed like such a good idea. So I would put it on my list: “Plan Sermonic Year.” And I would look at those words every day. And the guilt would build. I knew I needed to do it, but I didn’t know where to start. Every year, I would take a couple of months… Continue reading

Large Church Hiving Proposal

“Mother Church” as a Base for Discipleship and Church Planting

Of very large Adventist churches, College View Church in Lincoln, NE is uniquely situated in a growing, economically stable area with great potential for growth through a network of new campuses and church plants to make Lincoln the most Adventist city in North America.  Other known potential locations include… Continue reading

Been Gone a While

In the summer of 2010, I took a leave of absence from pastoral ministry to care for my mom who had come to live with us.  She had been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2007.  After surgery and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she was weak.  Her pain, nausea, and diabetes weren’t well managed… Continue reading

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