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November 11, 2020

Adam's Blog: 5 Things I Appreciate About Jerry Day

Did you know the median tenure of a pastor is 6 years? I always knew Jerry was great, but he's going on 30+ years! That’s 5X the average pastor! Impressive!

I am personally very thankful for Jerry. As we continue in the transition as he nears retirement, we’d like to invite you to “An Evening with Adam and Jerry” where we can celebrate Jerry and everything God is doing through The Ridge. 

There are a lot of things I appreciate about Jerry, so narrowing it down is difficult. Nonetheless, here are 5 Things I Appreciate About Jerry:

1. Jerry has integrity, no matter what. I’ve known Jerry for six years. I know many of you have known him much longer. When you talk to someone about Jerry, it doesn’t take too long for his integrity to come up. I recently had a meeting with a community leader, and we weren’t five minutes into the conversation when he said, “I’ve always respected Jerry. He has amazing integrity.” I agree. Even in difficult situations, even when people might not agree, Jerry leads in a way that attempts to honor God and do the right thing, no matter what.

2. He takes every opportunity to laugh. I have a weekly meeting with Jerry, and I look forward to it. While we often have lots of things to cover in a short time frame, I inevitably find myself belly laughing because I enjoy his company so much. I think Jerry is a joy to work with and for because I know he genuinely cares about me and wants to enjoy life in the midst of work.

3. He works hard. Like, really hard. At everything. His fitness journey is inspiring. He is the type of person that, if he sets his mind to something, will make it happen and it will be better because of him. He works toward excellence, wants to get better, and is often the first person here and the last person to leave.

4. Jerry loves his family. As I've gotten to know Jerry, I've seen how deeply he loves his wife, Janet, and his three kids. As he and I have talked about what it means to be a lead pastor, he consistently talks about how important it is to love his family well. He leads by example in that way.

5. Jerry wants people to be reached for Christ. It shouldn't surprise me that the best personification of "doing whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ" is Jerry. He lives it out every day, and I have seen time after time how passionately he attempts to do "whatever it takes" in his work, in his personal walk with Jesus, in his friendships, and in the way he treats others the way they'd want to be treated.

All in all, I think Jerry is pretty great, and I am thankful he has been on staff for thirty years. Will you join me in celebrating this amazing milestone? If you'd like to show your appreciation to Jerry, there are a few ways to do that. First, plan to join us next week for an evening with me and Jerry. Since we're not going to have a retirement party for Jerry because of Covid restrictions, this is a great way to celebrate him as we send him well. Second, send Jerry a note to tell him you appreciate him. You can either mail those to the church (2800 Bonnell Rd.), or email them (you could even send a video, if you're feeling extra creative).

Whatever it takes,

Adam