Learning to Lead Episode #42: Jay Slocum

In this podcast, I interview Jay Slocum, Founding Pastor of Jonah’s Call. In the interview, we talk about leadership and ministry. You can find Jay’s bio, the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, and ways to connect with Jay below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!


1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series – Our first breakfast is this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pine Richland Youth Center. My good friend, Ben Rath, who is the founder and pastor of iChurch will be speaking. Register for this event here.

2.) Learning to Lead Small Group –  Our small group started last week. If you’re in Pittsburgh and would like more information about joining our small group, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

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Learning to Lead Episode #42: Interview with Reverend Jay Slocum



The Reverend Jay Slocum is an Anglican priest serving in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the founding pastor of Jonah’s Call, a church that is joining in a Gospel movement that brings flourishing to the city through worshipping God, loving neighbors and shaping culture.

He graduated from the King’s College with a BA in Sociology. He earned his Masters in Divinity at Trinity School for Ministry, An Anglican Seminary in Ambridge, PA.

With two decades of cultural study combined with a deep love for reformed theology, he has taught groups ranging from junior high students to post doctorates. He has a passion for seeing the emerging generation grow in its understanding of having all of life come under the Lordship of Jesus and works to that end in a variety of domains in Pittsburgh as the Rector of Jonah’s Call.

His Meyers-Briggs is ENTJ. He is a D.i. on the DiSC Profile, and his main giftings are preaching-teaching, leading vision, leadership development, and spiritual counseling.

Jay is an audio and bibliophile, an avid bmxer and mountain bike rider, a foodie, a design geek, and a cultural omnivore. Jay and Catherine have been married for 19 years and are parents to Emma (15) and Lydia (11).

Connect with Jay:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jonahs-Call/236594562929 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jay-slocum/12/192/a60 

Blog: http://the-holy-city.blogspot.com/ 

Church: http://jonahscall.org/


  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions!
  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . How did you learn leadership?
  • Can you name one or two people who have had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • How do you balance ministry with your family life?
  • How do you process pain as a leader?
  • Tell us about Jonah’s Call -> Reuse, Restore, and Renew…
  • How can we serve what you’re doing in the city?
  • Talk to us about money and leadership. How are the two related? What advice do you have for young leaders when it comes to money?
  • You’re passionate about developing the next generation. How do you actually do that?
  • Where do you see young leaders “missing it” most often?
  • If you could give young leaders any advice, what would it be?
  • Our of everything you’ve accomplished in your life and ministry, what are you most proud of?
  • Where do you see yourself in 15 years and What do you want your legacy to be?

Key Takeaways:

  • See things not for what they are, but for what they could be
  • Leadership can be hard and brutal – you’re making decisions that affect others lives, they are often unpopular, challenged, and it’s hard to find time to rest.
  • Have something outside of leadership to do that keeps your grounded
  • As a leader, you need people beside you and in front of you, not just behind you
  • Young leaders need to listen to those who have done it. Not just because of their intellect, but because of their experience.
  • See what could be and pay the price to make it happen. Make the world as it ought to be.
  • Leaders with privilege need to give it away!

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