I wrote a letter to PTM’s future high school director as a blog post in March. It is a tool we have used to lay out in more detail what the “job” really entails. For the high school director we were looking for someone who would love the position, who demonstrates great faith,
with great wisdom, someone who is hard-working, a team player, a great communicator, and a builder. More than one person we have interviewed for various positions has cited their connection to a particular letter as the reason for their desire to pursue a position with PTM. So, when I asked Jay how he connected with this letter, he said “I don’t measure up”. He proceeded to outline areas he was looking to grow in and a commitment to depending on the grace of God. He did an awesome job in a 30 minute skype interview captivating our committee’s attention and convincing us that we need him leading our high school. I followed up with a 45 minute phone conversation and we had a second committee skype interview.
Jay started in late May and did a fantastic job leading our Summer SaLT program and developing our summer high school program at Community House. I had the privilege of going on a high school retreat to end the summer where Jay led beautifully in every way. Multiple times a day a breathe prayers of thanks for God’s incredible provision to send leaders to PTM.
Here is a snippet from Jay’s cover letter…
… growing up without my father was extremely difficult. Throughout High School I was faced with pressures and experiences that I would not have been able to handle unless I had certain people in my corner. God has strategically provided men in my life at certain times to help me move forward. These men ranged from coaches to teachers and pastors. 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Looking back at how God provided all these mentors and spiritual guides in my life during those pivotal years, I cannot see myself doing anything else but dedicating my life to that endeavor. I believe ‘Preston Taylor Ministries’ is the place where I can show the tangible love of God the Father to teenagers as a High School and Thrive Director.
I hope that you have a chance to meet Jay soon. You will enjoy serving with him and will share my excitement that our youth have another Godly leader to help them pursue God-inspired dreams.