May 12, 2018
Graduating from an HBCU college was a milestone achievement that gave me a strong sense of accomplishment, but receiving my certificate from a church that utilized PLACE in their new member assimilation classes while living in Charlotte in 2004 gave me true internal joy. All my life I have wanted to do God's will for my life, I just never knew exactly what it was. Going thru PLACE, I had many revelations about myself and while it wasn't crystal clear exactly what the plan was, I knew in my heart that I was on the right path and would find my place not only in ministry but in life! Fast forward to 2014, I end up working as a Church Administrator at my home church and brought PLACE ministries to Milwaukee. "...your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58
Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee
February 20, 2018
At our church we combined a few ministries to form one group. The ministry group would now cover technology, video, audio, social media, and networking. The Ministry Leader inquired if we could search our database to find potential members of the body that might be interested in participating in the ministry group. They wanted artistic and creative individuals, energetic, enterprising, social, knowledge based, teachers, trainers, writers, techies that are investigative, analytical, leaders and followers that are committed. Even though they wanted people that were social. They did not have to be social butterflies.
We used mobilyzr to search various criteria to identify individuals that had completed the PLACE Workshop. The names and contact information were sent to the ministry leader and all of the individuals that were contacted came out to the informational meeting. All of them expressed interest and all were still serving with the ministry several months later. Using the mobilyzr database helped us to match the right volunteers with the ministry that was suited for their own spiritual gifts, abilities, and passions.
Ingrid C. Lias, PHR, SHRM-CP - PLACE Team Lead
Human Resource Director
The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc.
July 31, 2017
My pastor is such a big reason why PLACE can succeed at CCMP. We all know it is a tool, but it is also a mindset. If you truly believe that every member is a minister, then you are held accountable to empowering and equipping the people under your care. That happens so much more effectively if everyone believes that, and then self-evaluates where they are in that process. If the whole church body becomes aware of how vital it is to connect people to and affirm people in meaningful ministry, then making that a reality becomes everyone's role. Not just the PLACE team.
Sue Drake - PLACE Team Lead
Community Church of Mt. Plesant - Mt. Pleasant, NC
June 1, 2017
Your recent Coach's Corner "Irritates & Energizes" column prompted this memory. While in Ukraine recently I was talking with a local leader about an individual with whom we had just had an extended meeting. As I was talking about my "take" on the person in question the leader said, "You nailed it. That is exactly what he's like." Anyway - I realized that I had used each aspect of PLACE to describe my assessment of the person. Thanks for your years of input into my life and ministry!
Dave Dunson, Pastoral Care Minister
Highland Park Christian Church - Tulsa, OK
November 2, 2016
We are still dong PLACE here at least twice a year. We have had over 300 go though PLACE since we began some years ago and needless to say we have many that have and are being involved in our ministry and it is because they completed PLACE.
Dr. Gene Schuyler, Membership Pastor
Mid-Way Church - Raleigh, NC
November 1, 2016
We've found such a successful way of holding the workshop with breaks for participant discussion and it's working to cultivate really incredible relationships. On Saturday we had two different people who have been involved in various churches/church ministry for several decades tell us that they have never participated in anything like PLACE and how impressed they were by the experience! Both are new to CBC and it was so exciting to hear from them.
Rebecca Wadas, PLACE Coordinator
Centreville Baptist Church - Centreville, VA
October 20, 2016
I found the presentation of the PLACE information to be incredibly helpful, not only in terms of getting the content in order to teach it, but getting invaluable tips on how to implement it in our church and a very helpful modeling of how to coach. Fantastic experience!
Randall Johnson, Missions & Equipping Pastor
Central Church - Collierville, TN
October 19, 2016
I’m a lover of and proponent for PLACE because it helped me understand myself better than anything has and I’ve taken a lot of assessments over the years.
Avis Nichols, PLACE Facilitator
Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington, TX
August 25, 2016
Place workshop was life changing. God bless you all.
Jennie Couch, PLACE Facilitator
Whitesburg Baptist Church
March 30, 2016
I had the pleasure of coaching a young man this morning who will be leading other young men soon. He is a smiling powerhouse!!
Thanks for opportunity Jay. It’s always a learning experience and a joy to see how PLACE is changing the body….one person at a time!!"
Kelly Williams, Director of Membership and Women's Ministry
Biltmore Baptist Church, Arden, NC
January 28, 2016
A great quote from one of our workshops
“Are we using God’s people to build (our) church; or, are we using God’s church to build God’s people?”
Ronnie Kendall, Sr. Pastor
First Baptist Church Loganville, GA
January 15, 2016
In talking recently with Mike, and how PLACE would be incorporated into the church’s overall process he said “We don’t want PLACE to be simply an ‘appendage’ we want it to become the heart of the church.”
Mike Mathews, Education Pastor
First Baptist Church, Pearland, TX
August 25, 2015
When I first took the online assessment, it took me 2 hours, and in the end, I felt lost. I read the disclaimer, but my mind focused on one word...cheerless. And it bothered me until I took your class. The key for me was being in a group of all personality types. Hearing from a confident type D that there is no right or wrong personality, feeling supported from the S group because we all can do this together, being cheered on from the I's, and knowing that I'm not the only "Spiker C" in the world was very helpful. I really like the way you are given Bible verses and specific people in the Bible to help you understand your personality. I came away from your class feeling uplifted and at peace with my personality.
Beth A. Martin - PLACE Participant
Crossroads Church Jackson County, GA
June 1, 2015
"Our first PLACE workshop was a smashing success. All the participants were enthusiastic about the curriculum, and excited about what they had learned. At the end of the final session I asked the participants what they had gained and what they were going to do with it. Almost unanimously they said they had gained confidence to share their faith in Christ with others and invite their friends to their church! One women, a nurse, said she had gained the knowledge that she could pray aloud and could see herself being part of a visitation team and praying with those she visited. A man said even though they were all different, with different background, gifts, personalities and passions, yet he was pleasantly surprised to find, he was not alone in his faith--they were all on the same path, (all believers seeking to grow closer to Christ). He said he no longer felt alone in his faith and that gave him confidence to share his faith with others."
Debbie Ryder - Pastor
Asbury UMC, Altoona, PA
April 20, 2015
"PLACE is such a vital tool in spiritual growth, and in my opinion, the best product out there for putting all the pieces together (and customer support !)"
Kristin Dawsey - Director of Connections
Brookwood Church, Brookwood, SC
February 22, 2015
"Jay, Good devotion this morning. I just discussed this with one of the guys in my discipleship group who is anti-inventory. He is so gifted and just hasn't seen it. Thanks."
Alan Jones - Minister to Adults/Missions,
FBC Opelika, AL
February 11, 2015
"A few years ago we used PLACE for Personal Discovery and the people really liked it but now we also do the Coaching and that has made all the difference for getting people into ministries. Its like night and day. The Coaching really helps people understand all the elements. I don't know why all churches don't use this."
Steve Darr, Connection Coach Leader
New Beginnings Lutheran Church, MO
Dear Centreville Baptist Church PLACE Team,
I want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the PLACE Experience at Centreville as a guest. The day was a valuable experience for me and I know the presenters and those behind the scenes put in a tremendous amount of effort for it to be so.
I now have clearer direction about how to serve in the local body. Years past, I would just plug in where there was a need. What I gained from PLACE is motivating me to get off the sidelines of non-involvement since relocating to Maryland 6 years ago and encountering a major church hurt.
In addition, as a counselor in private practice, I can recommend with confidence PLACE as resource to those who I work with who would gain from the rich insight of how they are uniquely gifted to serve.
The quality of the seminar was one that I could have paid a significant amount and I don’t take this for granted.
January 16, 2015
"During the Coaching we had a lot of 'a-ha' moments and our Coaches were really blessed by the sessions. Doing PLACE really strenghened our body and it really brought us together, so much so that we feel like we are forever connected."
New Song Bible Fellowship, Bowie, MD
October 1st, 2014
"During our Ministry Leadership Team meetings we have our PLACE profiles handy. At first we thought we'd use it to figure out how we could communicate better. Our biggest discovery was that our "D" personalities were dominating the discussions. Our C's were not contributing at all. It was then that we realized that to have an effective meeting were all contributed we would have to stop and ask our C's to speak. Understanding PLACE revolutionized our meetings."
Dr. Ricky Ray Senior Pastor
Highlawn Baptist Church Proctorville, OH
September 10th, 2014
"My son Cam loved the retreat and all that he learned, and because of Cam’s enthusiasm, his younger sister Cambrie who was also at the retreat (she is 10 and in 5th grade) has asked me to go through the assessment process with her to help her learn about her PLACE. I can’t thank you enough for how you have helped minister to our church, to Cary’s family, and to my own family through your willingness to be used by God in His service. I pray that many churches and families will be impacted through offering PLACE in this kind of setting. Have a great week out there to all the PLACE team!"
Kip Salser Minister of Discipleship and Connections
First Baptist Church, Longview, Texas
August 29th, 2014
"Just wanted to say thank you for a great conference. What I learned will help me become a more effective facilitator and coach. I came away encouraged, with practical tips to pass along to the rest of our PLACE team."
Elaine Bonds Centreville Baptist Church
Centreville, VA PLACE Facilitator and Coach
August 7th, 2014
"The "Obstacles" video from Your PLACE was outstanding. Thank you for providing the STORY outline."
Marj Cox Robinson, TX
July 21st, 2014
"Your PLACE devotionals are GREAT!! Nice job!!!!"
Scott Cunningham Director of Game Entertainment Atlanta Braves
July 10th, 2014
"Jay and crew, Devotional Videos are great, watching them every day! Thanks for being a blessing!"
JACK BRADY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, COORDINATOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
July 10th, 2014
"Just coached an 85 year-old man who said that PLACE helped him see himself and his life in a new way. Very cool!"
Ryan Mason, Associate Pastor-Education & Discipleship
Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX
May 28th, 2014
"Thanks Jay for leading us through a great workshop! I agree that a small group setting makes for a richer experience since we get to know each other better and understand how PLACE can impact the lives and ministries in our congregation."
Lou Anne Hoffman-Church Administrator
Grace Lutheran Church, Arlington, TX
May 28th, 2014
"I have been processing everything from the PLACE workshop last Thursday and Friday. What I gleaned was so clarifying for me. I want to spend even more time asking myself questions."
Rev. Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick Associate Pastor
Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Marshall - TX
May 3rd, 2014
"I'm up late tonight grading final papers for CHR250, and cannot overestimate the impact that PLACE and Jay's visit had on the students. They refer to it in powerful, encouraging ways."
Chuck Fuller, PhD Anderson University
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
March 22nd, 2014
"I finally ordered the PLACE workshop video so now I am simply having fun sharing the PLACE journey with others :) I am especially eager to see how God works in these precious lives as they take these assessments, during our coaching sessions and beyond......."
Michelle Mullins - Life Coach
March 3rd, 2014
"I just wanted to thank you for coming to our class at AU. Your ministry is making a hug difference, and your help and guidance is going such a long way in so many lives. I often find that the biggest stumbling block to my ministry is myself. Trying to understand and "work with" myself is so frustrating, and you have been such a huge help in this area. I'm also a pretty strong C personality, and you coming and talking to our class has helped change the way I look at myself and my personality, and the PLACE assessment is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life and ministry. Thank you for ALL that you do for us college students. Your investment is changing the world."
Jordan Baylor - Anderson University Student
March 3rd, 2014
"Last week, you came to Anderson University to talk about our PLACE profiles. I have been praying about what God would have me do in my life. The assesment helped open my eyes to my passions and my personality. Thank you for taking your time to come up to Anderson and share with us."
John Echols - Anderson University Student
February 24th, 2014
"Thank you so much for the plethora of information, as well as the sincere kindness you bestowed on me during the PLACE workshop this past week. You not only made me comfortable, but also listened to "my story". I had a great time! I am very excited at the prospect of sharing the information I was given with the leaders of our church. Our pastor, Brad Park, took the workshop a few years ago. I feel pretty confidant that we will get to begin the process shortly."
Randi Thornton - PLACE Workshop Attendee
January 15th, 2014
"Good things happening here. PLACE and one other ministry have been officially adopted as the ministry focal points for HBC 2014. Have our first PLACE seminar coming up on Jan 24-25. Have four trained coaches and am actively recruiting more. Goal is to have eight to ten trained, committed and active coaches before 2014 ends. Have two data base administrators that will be trained on Monday."
Sue Drake - PLACE Implementer Highland Baptist Church
New London, NC
December 13th, 2013
"Thank you for presenting the PLACE workshop at Smyrna Presbyterian (SPC). Though I had had taken other personality surveys and spiritual gift assessments before; your workshop integrates both, as well as passions, abilities and life experiences to help believers and local churches utilize their God given gifts to glorify God. We all well know (or should) that we are where God has put us to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Though I have been a Christian and an elder for many years, and I know myself and my wife better than most; I learned even more about myself and my wife. Frankly I found the workshop convicting: "to whom much has been given, much will be required" (Lk 12:48)."
Ted Schmidt Elder - Smyrna Presbyterian Church
October 28th, 2013
"Just a note of thanks for the seminar in Nashville a week ago...our team was very impressed with your presentation, knowledge, and engaging manner and methods! Well done. We look forward to moving--slowly--through the process of implementing PLACE."
Lee McCroskey Christ Community Church
October 21st, 2013
"The momentum I first visualized for introducing and then believing that the PLACE process would become an important part of the multi-dimensional momentum is exactly as was originally foreseen, and the evolving timing of the roll-out is so very smooth and orderly. You will be interested to know that another reason for the meeting next week is Pastor Eddie sees the advantage of administering PLACE with " potential nominee's for the soon upcoming nomination process for next year's Board replacements. With the team graphs it will further help him see what holes need to be plugged in as a result of departing Board members. This is so very impt. because the team charts show how amazingly balanced we are in that all the bases are covered. We set a date for an all day Saturday meeting for the full Board. As you can sense from all the momentum, we have been busy in Dalton because it is so easy to see the promise of PLACE upon our congregation and its momentum, plus we have a Pastor and Board 100% supportive and willing to invest themselves into the process. Thank you again for your early pioneering work for birthing PLACE, plus your sustaining passion for sharing the fruit of your investment of time and money for the benefit of us."
Gilbert A De Armas Jr. Professional Mentor / Coach Performance Development Systems
August 22nd, 2013
"I want to take a moment to say thank you! I so enjoyed the workshop last week and especially getting to know other people that share the same passion! I continue to unpack all the great ways God met me there and what He is asking me to do now :)"
Michelle Mullins President - Connection Coach Consulting
August 13th, 2013
"Dear Rev. Jay, I love your sermonettes. You say such powerful things in such a short time."
Artrisia Edwards Atlanta Braves Staff
August 1st, 2013
"Prison is an environment were ministry is extremely difficult solo. PLACE helped me to understand how my personality and gifts are complimented to those with whom I do ministry, and how the furtherance of the Gospel is altogether a team effort."
Jason S. Karch Inmate and Seminary Student
Darrington State Prison, Rosharon, TX
July 22nd, 2013
"We are also pretty excited about the many ways that PLACE is being creatively used here at BBC. Starting this fall, we will be offering a couple of PLACE classes for parents and teens to take together-- one focusing on increasing communication, and the other geared toward High School Juniors and Seniors who are looking for direction as they choose a career path. We’ll also be offering PLACE as part of our Building Blocks for Marriage ministry, for engaged couples to take together. So, the reach of your ministry continues to expand at BBC, and we’re excited about the diverse and creative ways God is allowing us to apply the material!"
Michele Dyer PLACE Coordinator Brentwood Baptist Church
July 18th, 2013
"I have loved coaching those who have completed PLACE and it has been interesting and challenging to walk through someone's life with them. I meet with the Education Staff once a week, and the Preschool minister said that she thought recruiting was getting a little easier because we are emphasizing Service More."
Allison Nuckolls Member Assimilation Coordinator
Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
July 17th, 2013
"We used the PLACE process to move a young couple into student ministry these past few weeks. So thankful for your help in ministry!!!!"
Rod Zwemke Senior Pastor-Crossroads Church
July 12th, 2013
"Individuals are so amazed to see the unfolding of how God has knit them together for a purpose and churches are so excited about getting people who are willing and able to volunteer. There is absolutely no question in my mind that PLACE is one of the most needed and necessary ministries available to churches today."
Landis Balke Paul Administrator/Controller
Arkansas Assemblies of God
June 23rd, 2013
"PLACE has impacted our lives in such a way that we can't help but share it with the world. Thank you for having such passion, and vision for PLACE." Ingrid C. Lias, PHR The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc.
Human Resources Director
May 31st, 2013
"What started off as a PLACE Personality mini-session for coworkers, just so they can begin to see how God fashioned each of us uniquely, has resulted in all of them asking to take the full Workshop. I am just as excited as them in seeing what God is up to now!"
Lillian Our Nation's Capital
May 29th, 2013
"I attended your PLACE leader training a year ago and worship/serve in Marble Hill, GA. The 3-earthly-assumptions letter regarding Spiritual Gift inventory resonated, especially the example of John and the bereavement ministry. Enthusiasm for PLACE built slowly. My reluctance to be "all-in" was removed with a personal experience that shone incredible light on how personality was affecting a situation. That experience has made me Foothills' Church second greatest champion of PLACE ministry Pastor Lee Weeks is #1."
Elaine Neumeyer Big Canoe, GA
May 10th, 2013
"Jay, PLACE is just going nuts at our church, so much so that we have determined that PLACE will never end. We use to have breaks in-between PLACE workshops, now we will never have breaks. It will be continual, year round. We have people on the waiting list for it. I always want to share with you what's going on. I praise God that we continue to be blessed by the vision God gave you for this amazing ministry brother and I hope you are blessed by it. I pray for you often and your ministry. Thank-you so much for all that you mean to me and many of our people."
Brad Graves The Waters Church Assoc.
Pastor/Elder-Pastoral Care & Membership Katy, TX
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!"
Amy McMullen 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!"
Bob Fischer 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!"
Joe Gee Family Pastor 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!"
Michele Dyer PLACE Implementer 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."
John Rushing Pastor of Adult Ministries
Sugar Creek Baptist Church Sugarland, TX
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." David Hendersonville, NC
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."
Cindy Hall Centreville Baptist Church
Centreville, VA 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." Joe
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." Bill
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." Sarah
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." Josh
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!" Davin
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." Brent
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." Jamie