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A word from Dr. Jay…

Last July a conversation began just between Jason and me regarding a potential adjustment to his work duties for our church.  In time, this conversation extended to the church staff, to our Personnel Committee, and most recently to our deacons.  It is now time to widen this conversation to our greater church family.  Below you will see words from Jason regarding his personal pilgrimage.  A proposal regarding his transition in duties is planned for the February 17, 2021 Business Meeting.  Until then, if you have questions or thoughts, please accept the invitation to share in conversation with Jason about them.  Thank you for the honor of ministering together.     – Dr. Jay

A word from Rev. Jason Cox…

      Getting older is an interesting event.  For me, I have always had the desire to impact as many people for the gospel as I possibly could, and the outlet for me to do that has always been through student ministry.  I turned 40 years old several years back, and I really began to ask myself if I was impacting as many people for the Gospel as I possibly could.  I realized that I was in the prime of my working career and that this time period would likely be the most influential time in my life.  I sat down with Dr. Jay and expressed my feelings to him, just to say that I was open to more opportunities to influence people for Jesus.  I really had no idea where that would lead but felt it strongly in my heart and mind.

      Before I go on, let me say that I believe Youth Ministry to be my life’s work.  I have twenty years invested in the field as a vocational minister and I believe I have a lot more to give to the field.  I could see myself writing materials in the future and adding my perspective to what is a very young vocational field.  There simply are not a lot of youth pastors with the experience I have, and I believe I can add a different perspective of youth ministry than what many people can.  I say that to let you know I have no desire to leave student ministry.  That’s where my heart is.  I have a daughter that is a year and a half away from our student ministry, and I cherish the thought of being her youth pastor!  In short, student ministry will always be my priority work at North Cleveland Baptist.

      I do, however, have a great desire to impact as many people for the Gospel as I can, and with our current opening in our Education and Adult Ministry, I feel a strong call to step into that role.  I believe I am equipped to lead this ministry well and that it provides an opportunity for me to exercise some of my talents across a broader scale than youth ministry alone.  Scripture tells those of us in vocational ministry that we are “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” and I believe I can do this well in this role.  I am a coach at heart, and I love to motivate people.  I feel that this role is very much a role of a coach:  empowering, encouraging, challenging and putting people in position to do ministry that they are passionate about.

      Can both positions (Youth AND Adult Education) be filled by one person well?  I believe that with expanding the time and duties of our student interns, the structure is in place for the answer to be “yes.”  I don’t believe that I have the space in this article to talk through that, but we have a solid plan in place for both AREAS to be done well.

    So, this journey for me has been going on for over three years now.  I honestly didn’t know where it would take me, but I do believe that if the church saw fit, it has brought me to a place to offer the church more of myself and the talents and knowledge that God has entrusted me with.  If you have any questions for me about this, please don’t hesitate to call the church office and talk to me about it.  I am completely open to sharing with you more of how God has led me to this point.                

                                                                                               In Him!






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