May 8th, 2013
"I just watched the PLACE training videos again and felt like I was visiting with old friends. I’m so excited to bring PLACE to NEXT. I know it made a big impact on many people at my previous church. Thanks for all you do!"
Next Community Church
May 1st, 2013
"Jay, I vividly recall our meeting some years ago at a Subway when you reviewed PLACE with me. Your summary statement is that you hoped that I would pursue a field in keeping with my strengths. Wanted to let you know that I've retired from my full time career and am pursing my PHD in Pastoral Clinical Psychology. As I look back, your good advice was a part of that decision. My specialty will be in Temperament, which has a great deal in common with PLACE. I love this stuff!"
Daytona Beach, FL
April 25th, 2013
"Last week, I began a PLACE class (5 weeks, 1 1/2 hrs per class) in my office for a group who is "unchurched" but know Christ. I think this is a great "in-between" experience and will also help them to recognize not only "where" God is leading them next but "how" to serve in the place He leads them to."
KAREN H. PREVATT, PCC
LIVING TALL, Inc.
April 18th, 2013
"We are planning to incorporate this class as part of our new members classes in the fall that we will rotate through 3 times a year. Thanks again for the work you do, the facilitators guide made preparation and presentation, go very well. For those younger in their faith, it really cleared up a lot of questions they had. I appreciate your detailed and extensive biblical support. I pray that you will reach many more congregations in helping the body of Christ thrive!"
Faith Bible Church
April 4th, 2013
"Thank you so much, Barbara for your help with producing the reports we needed from the Mobilyzr system. The PLACE Ministries staff has always been incredibly helpful, and works very hard to support our church’s PLACE program needs. You always go above and beyond the call of duty, and do so with a friendly smile and a great attitude. Helping others to find their “Yes” in service comes naturally to your staff, because it’s at the core of who you are, and it shows in the way you support the ministries that you serve! Thanks again for all your help!"
Brentwood Baptist Church
April 4th, 2013
"God is doing a mighty work in a local Houston area prison where hundreds of inmates are receiving Christ and enrolling in an extension of Southwestern Theological Seminary actually located within the prison compound. 120 men are now enrolled in seminary classes. PLACE is finding a new place within this prison environment to help validate the worth, abilities and potential ministry within each man’s life. PLACE is helping them realize that God never throws a life away. To the contrary, God can and will use them right where they are to bring them joy while serving others in His name."
Pastor of Adult Ministries
Sugar Creek Baptist Church
March 29th, 2013
"As Relate moves to increase volunteering and serving within our population, I thought it would be wise to begin discipling our folks by equipping them with knowledge of their spiritual gifts, so they can serve in areas where they can be most effective by God's design. Here is a program that I have been through and highly recommend. It is like no other spiritual gift "assessment" you have ever seen... guaranteed. The way it incorporates all aspects of who a person is (i.e. gifts, talents, personality, and life experience) empowers believers to maximize their potential success and satisfaction in truly knowing that they are doing what God created and molded them to do.
PS: I like how Jay created the website for PLACE because he intended it to help teach people about PLACE - not just be a marketing site. As you progress from page to page you learn how to implement PLACE, what coaching is about etc."
March 28th, 2013
"Jay, I want to thank you soooo much for coming to help us last week. The "experience!" you provided us was amazing and exactly what we needed. The sessions on Thursday were extremely productive. We needed your direction and help so much."
Centreville Baptist Church
Director Ministry Operations and Teamwork
March 22nd, 2013
"Thank you for this concise explanation. God’s timing is always perfect. We are preparing our first “Next Steps” class utilizing the PLACE materials and this info is very helpful for our video announcement."
March 22nd, 2013
"Thanks for your kind words but I am actually the one who should be thanking you--for the PLACE "experience" as well as for the one-on-one time. Although I've only met you briefly on 2-3 occasions, I sense a
kindred spirit and value your insight on ministry issues. I hope that the Lord will allow our paths to cross again."
March 15th, 2013
"Hi Jay, it was a pleasure to meet you today at Shorter. As I said, I love personality/skills inventories and loved your multi-faceted approah. It was so helpful to see more about how God's wired us, discuss results and the heart behind our results with you.
Like I said, I took it along with my Fiance, Nathan, and we loved the process, using it to better understand ourselves and each other. I love how tools like that show us how to accept and respect each other."
March 15th, 2013
"Hi Jay, thanks again for meeting with us today, and for spending some time discussing coaching with me afterwards. I would be delighted to learn more about coaching and the place inventory"
Again, I am very excited about getting together with you and then coming back to Shorter to help you incorporate PLACE beyond just taking the assessments with students and those who are serving in residence life."
March 13th, 2013
"Thanks so much for your time and these notes! I have been working through the Purposeful Vision Workbook and look forward to that time each week. I am more excited than ever about the future of Connections and the lives that will be forever changed by Jesus!"
March 12th, 2013
"After the one year "angelversary" for Justin, I really started to feel better. I felt so "renewed" and kept feeling God tapping on my shoulder. He was telling me that I have the gift of leadership and I needed to use it to help other parents like me. I kept pushing it off my shoulder, but on the Sunday that Jay McSwain came and spoke to us, he touched me deeply and I accepted God's command that day sitting in church.
I have been joined by other bereaved parents and have started a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends. You can Google it and read about it if you don't already know about it. Our chapter was accepted today and we are very excited. I will be chapter leader and I have 11 other parents & siblings that are particpating on our steering committee."
March 12th, 2013
"God is using PLACE in a big way to help a marriage that is two weeks from being over. Thought you'd like to know."