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Scott's References

CURRENT LEAD PASTOR AT HARVEST

Scott joined Harvest 6 years ago, fresh out of seminary and green. He has really grown over the past 6 years.  He, and the Elder Board, think that Scott is ready for the role of Sr Pastor. 

He said that Scott has solid character and there are no concerns there.  He is a gifted preacher.  He is a lover of people and cares deeply about them, and people are drawn to him and his wife.  Their congregation just love Scott and Courtney. 

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect older members of the congregation?
• Scott is very respectable.  He is unassuming and impresses more and more over time.  He isn’t the guy that comes in an immediately make his presence felt and be over the top.  He has a slow and steady pace that wins people over and build relationships.  
• He asked about the demographics of our church and feels that our demographics is a strong fit for Scott.  
• Scott is a hard worker.  No one will question his work ethic, or what he is doing. 
• Scott is an intellectual, along the lines of Piper, but able to communicate with people and still be accessible. 
• All of these things will build on one another and he believes that Scott will prove himself more and more over time to those that may need it from a new pastor.

2. How would you describe his leadership and ability to accept feedback?
• The elders did an overall evaluation process with Scott.  It was this evaluation that has led to this season in Scott’s life, as He and the Elders sense his readiness and call to the Sr Pastor role. 
• Evaluation came up with the following top strengths: Character, Preaching, Counseling, and Love for people
• People flock to Scott and his wife, and they have a great ability to win people over and build relationships.  
• Believes that Scott will be very receptive to feedback and has seen him take it well and grow significantly. 

He closed with saying that we have a very strong candidate in Scott.  It is tough to see him go.  He is the type of guy that he has often wished he could keep on staff forever and work with in ministry. We will be getting an awesome 1-2 punch in Scott and his wife Courtney.  


PASTOR TO WHOM SCOTT REPORTED TO WHILE IN SEMINARY 

Scott made a significant contribution while there.  Scott growing up had experience with CEF, and had training there as a teen.  Did a great job helping them to minister to kids.  He mapped out curriculum updates and pros and cons and helped them pick. Any church hires him is making a wise decision and getting solid gold.

1. Dealing with conflict
• Remembers a teacher that did not like the direction providing.  Scott communicated that direction to this person.  He sat down with them and tried to work things out and help them understand they were leading the direction they were leading.  This solved, did not necessarily agree, but went along with the plan due to Scott’s leadership
• Ability to work together as team and develop collaborative vision for ministry?
• Would be excellent and was there.  He oversaw all Wed evening 60+ servants while he was there.  Keeping all classes on track and worked collaboratively with leaders to accomplish goals.  He was good at communicating his progress and finding out the Pastor he reported to needed and next direction 

2. Weaknesses?
• Could not think of any.  He was a delight to work with.  He would hire him if he was able.
• Believes would also be blessed by his wife Courtney.  She is gifted woman. He gave an example about how he and his wife were concerned she didn’t have help in a kindergarten class of 25.  They offered help and it became clear that she did not need help and they were superfluous. She was able to control a classroom of 25+ energetic kindergarteners and have them engaged and listening
• He could not say enough about Scott and said that any church that gets Scott and his wife are getting an amazing pastor

 

WORSHIP LEADER / CO-WORKER AT HARVEST

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation?  
• Scott does not come across as a person of his age. He is kind of an old soul. Displays a lot of maturity.  I’m amazed at how older people not only respect him but gravitate to him for interaction and counsel. 

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• Works well with others in a team. 
• Built from nothing a biblical counseling team at Harvest. Set up ministries like children’s ministry and small groups. Cast a vision for why small groups is important.

3. How would they describe his leadership style?
• Servant leader. Does not ask anyone to do anything that he hasn’t probably already done or wouldn’t do. You see him going around busy on Sunday morning. He is able to delegate and he is willing to allow the person to do their thing. You can see this as he works with many volunteers in various ministries.   

4. How would they assess his interpersonal relationships?
• Probably his best quality. He has a shepherds heart and is able to connect with people
• He is a shepherd and a refuge that a lot of people run to for comfort, counsel, and biblical advice.

5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise, that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• No concerns in this area. 
• A senior pastor position has always been in the cards for him and moving into this position is clearly where he is meant to be

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes.  I’ve seen him receive some pretty tough scrutiny and he was able to sit and receive it, being humble and willing to grow

7. Scott seems to connect very well with the older generation, does he relate well and connect with young adults?
• Many young people and adults look up to him or come to him for both guidance and fellowship
• He added that he is younger than Scott and he looks to him as his pastor and that Scott is one of his closest friends.

• He added that Scott truly cares for the souls that are entrusted to his care and is excited to see Scott moving into a Senior Pastor role. 

 

CHURCH SECRETARY AT HARVEST

Former church secretary at Harvest who worked with Scott for a couple of years. Scott came after she was with the church as a secretary for a year.  
• When it comes to ministry and serving, he accepts input from others and supports their ideas.  He also had a lot of ministry initiatives that that he pulled together and made happen.  He organized and started the children’s program. 
• He works hand in hand with his wife.  He is very involved with his family and has biblical parenting style.  Their special needs child fits right in as well. 
• She has been praying for about a year that he would seek a senior pastor position. He has set up so many programs and seen them through.  He is ready for the next step.  Whoever gets him is very lucky.  
1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation? 
• She was concerned when he first arrived because he was the same age as her kids.  She quickly started to view him as a pastor and no longer things of him as young.  
2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• He developed and strengthened a Small Group ministry that had been weak. 
• He trains a lot of people for ministry.  
3. How would they describe his leadership style? 
• Wonderful.  Makes sure everyone has the tools they need and stays in active communication.  He is very supportive.
4. How would you assess his interpersonal relationships?
• She doesn’t think there is anybody that he has butted heads with. 
• They have people over for lunch 2-3 Sundays a month.  
• He takes feedback well.
5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise, that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members? 
• I don’t think so. 
6. Does he accept feedback well?
• He takes criticism and feedback well.

 

HARVEST ELDER #1

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation, or staff?  
• When this elder joined he was youngest elder and wrestled with this due to the weight of the position and what scripture calls elders to. Scott helped him with this. 
• Scott’s view is that if you preach from and stand on God’s work it doesn’t matter how old you are. It is not your authority, but God’s authority that you are standing on
• He is humble, willing to have a conversation about his age. Would stand firm on God’s authority and not his own
• Scott will earn trust and confidence from the congregation just as he has at Harvest 
• As more people interact with him it will become very clear and apparent, that he stands on God’s word, and age will not be an issue
• He is an old soul

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• Does a really good job from this perspective
• Their church loves him.  Has seen his ability to collaborate and get people moving in a unified direction in many areas
• From perspective of getting people around and collaborating, he has done a good job.  
• Used example of their Discipleship Wheel and how Scott was able to get consensus
• Thinks he will do a very good job, and knows he has done a very good job with their current lead pastor and worship director

3. How would they describe his leadership style?
• He is not a commander type personality.  Very much a servant leader who will lead by example and service 
• Would not see him as being the type A high dominant personality
• He is the kind that will meet faithfully with guys and pour into their lives so that they turn around and serve
• Sees that he takes more of discipleship approach rather than command, sees him model Christ’s approach of discipling to make disciples 
• Sees him developing other leaders and equipping them 

4. How would you see his leadership play out with a staff?
• Leading staff:  He absolutely can.  What he has observed is that it will be from an equipping and coaching perspective.  This is how he handles things at Harvest.  He has done this with their leadership team.  He is very good at giving coaching advice and helping with creating a structured approach, very much a coach
• He will do well in situations where there is a challenges or disagreements he can articulate from God’s word his stance, and the compassionate side can reconcile the differences and move forward 

5. How would they assess his interpersonal relationships?
• Very discipleship driven
• Known him as a friend and then pastor.  In both cases he and his wife loved going over to The Allison’s home.  They learned a lot form osmosis from him and his wife through their life on life model.  
• Even watching how he instructs and disciplines his kids has been a learning experience
• He has been very faithful in getting involved in the church’s life and the life of people 
• Across board church would say he has been with them in difficult times and counseling, and times of joy.  Many went through counseling and are still with church, even with difficult situations such as marriage, and are now joyfully serving. 

6. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise, that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• Not from his perspective.  Thinks he would do very well at this size
• Scott is very well equipped for our size church

7. Does he accept feedback well?
• Does a good job at accepting feedback

8. Anything else
• From his perspective Scott has been amazing.  He has had the chance to work with him for the past 6 years.  Scott is one of the gentleman that discipled him.  They would meet early on Friday’s, with a few other guys for discipleship and scripture study.
• It is very clear that God has been leading him to a different position. Hard to see him leave, because he is an amazing his pastor 
• His small group loves him and their church loves him
• He has been through multiple church discipline processes where he has needed to be strong and direct. Thinks he does this well, but does it very calmly and confidently.
• Strengths: process development, consoling ministry, approach to discipleship

 

HARVEST ELDER #2

He first met Scott when he moved to the area from Chicago and called the church looking for moving help. Scott organized a team that showed up at his house to help with the move.

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation? 
• This is not much of a problem.  Scott is somewhat of an “old soul” and this helps him relate to older saints. Also not an issue interacting with leadership. Scott looks for counsel from others when necessary.

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• In the last year he built a “Kids for Truth” program from the ground up. He assembled a team and got everyone on the same page. In the places he has leadership roles, he casts a vision and also works shoulder to shoulder with people. He has trained other leaders in various ministries.

3. How would you describe his leadership style?
• He has a servant-leader mentality. Likes to get in the trenches with those he asks to do things. 

4. How would you assess his interpersonal relationships?
• His relationships with the congregation are extremely strong. He loves the church but feels called to a senior pastor position. Very positive relationship with the Elder Board. Receives feedback well. Thoughtful and reflective person.  Not trigger-happy or reactive. Not an impulsive person at all.

5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise, that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• Nothing in terms of his character that would be a concern. No red flags. 

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes. Very humble and receptive. Does not come in with “I’m going to show you the way it’s done” mentality.

HARVEST ELDER #3

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation?
• No, older men in leadership have a tremendous respect for Scott and his spiritual maturity.

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• Yes, our Sr. pastor has a strong personality and leadership style but when Scott has had the opportunity to lead on his own, he has risen to the occasion.  He has been instrumental in the small group ministry and children’s ministry. He also took it on his own initiative to get a group together with him to be trained on Soul Care. After the group returned from training Scott continued to meet with the group and encouraged them to put what they learned into action.

3. How would you describe his leadership style?
• He acts on something that he believes in. People get behind what he is passionate about. 

4. What are Scott’s strengths?
• Unwavering belief in the authority of scripture. Desire to be faithful to God’s word. Willingness to speak truth. Strong leader. Handles God’s word well.

5. How would you assess his interpersonal relationships?
• Very well loved. He submitted to the authority of the Sr. pastor and Scott was very willing to be in his current role even though he is very capable of being a Sr. Pastor.

5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• When you are in a role for the first there could always be growing paints, but Scott will be fine. 

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes, he never experienced any negative issues with how Scott handled feedback or constructive criticism 
7. What would you like to share with me that I haven’t asked about Scott?
• Scott is not an A type leader. He will rely on the feedback and direction of the Elders. He is a consensus builder.

Summary: He had nothing negative to say about Scott.  He was excited that Scott was interviewing for a BFC church since he used to attend BFC churches.  He did not seem to have any concern about youth playing a factor in Scott’s ability to be a Sr. pastor and felt that he was more than capable of leading a church.  It was very evident that he highly respected Scott and Scott’s passion for ministry.

 

HARVEST DEACON #1

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation?
• His youth is not a problem once you get over the initial appearance of his youthfulness you quickly forget how old he is and wiser than his age.

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• He has overseen many deacons and small groups and has no problems with collaboration and bringing people together.

3. How would they describe his leadership style?
• He is forthright no games, direct but in a loving way, be puts things in perspective.

4. How would they assess his interpersonal relationships?
• He goes out of his way to connect with people and pulls people in to relationships easily

5. Are there areas of maturity or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 and multiple staff members?
• No, he adapts well

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes, he takes things in, prays upon it and responds accordingly 

 

HARVEST DEACON #2
He met Scott at Harvest Bible Chapel when his wife made him try a different church one week. He was disappointed to find out that the day they were visiting the senior pastor wasn’t preaching. But when Scott started preaching, he was blown away by the fact that he wasn’t the regular preacher.

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation? 
• People seem blown away by him- he seems like he should be much older than he actually is. He has seen more than once that people of all ages stay after events such as small groups just to hear Scott’s teaching of the Bible.
• He has full support and respect of the elders of the church  

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?  
• He gets along well with everyone.
• If he’s not teaching, he is serving alongside others somewhere else in the church

3. How would you describe his leadership style? 
• Collaborative, servant oriented, humble (see above)

4. How would you assess his interpersonal relationships? 
• There is a lot to Scott, and there is still more to learn of him after you have known him for a while
• His family is important to him and his wife is a phenomenal teacher and involved in music.
• They open their home all the time to people
• People seek them out and often show up at their house to talk if there is a problem

5. Are there areas of maturity or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• He should be leading a bigger church than where he is at now
• He is jealous of whatever church will get Scott because he is such a wonderful pastor with great potential. He hates to see him leave because he is so amazing. Whoever gets him will be blessed!

6. Does he accept feedback well? 
• He learned a lot from his time with working with the senior pastor and was always seeking to learn more
• Scott wants to do what he can to be a better person

Other thoughts/discussion
• He goes along with Scott to do nursing home visitations and he has seen Scott involved with many people.
• Scott wants to please God and he is the same person even when no one is looking
• Scott makes lifetime relationships. 
• He had a Christian friend that committed suicide a few years ago. Everyone was quoting the verse from Romans about God working everything together for good. Scott took him out to lunch and instead of quoting him this verse, he brought his Bible and opened it to a passage in Job and had He read it. Scott didn’t even say anything, but it was exactly what He needed at the time and helped him process everything. He really appreciated that. 

 

FEMALE CHURCH MEMBER AT HARVEST
Met Scott after attending Harvest Chapel. She had been a Christian for a while, but drifted away. Scott helped her to become a more committed Christian and to see how she is a part of God’s kingdom. 

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation?
• She is 61 so she is “the old people” and Scott is younger than all of her children. But he is so mature that everyone thinks he is older than he actually is. She says this is because of his integrity
• A person can tell that he spends a lot of time in the word and this is what comes out of him.

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• Her best example was going on a mission trip to Barbados with Scott. They went to a church to lead VBS and when they arrived, it was not at all like what had been described. They had about 100 kids every night with a lot of chaos. Scott was pulled in every direction. Everyone on the trip was incredibly exhausted, but Scott continued to give 100% wherever help was needed. He was a shining light and an encouragement to all the older members of the team. Even after losing his voice towards the end of the week, he continued to encourage the whole team
• While the senior pastor was on sabbatical, it became obvious that Scott is a true shepherd- he developed several programs during this time and has continued them even though the senior pastor is back.
• He felt that biblical counseling would be a good area for their church to develop so he took a group of individuals to Indiana for some training. Since they have come back, he has continued to teach a class on this

3. How would you describe his leadership style?
• He has a team building/collaboration approach- he finds resources to help team members involved
• Servant leadership

4. How would you assess his interpersonal relationships?
• He gets along with everyone
• Even when faced with difficult, or emotional situations, Scott has had a lot of grace and he has handled himself better than she ever would have. He is not led by emotion even though he has emotions.

5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• She thinks he has been held back by their church size and thinks he will thrive in a bigger church

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes- one of his main character qualities is humility. It is definitely not a weakness!

Other thoughts:
• His wife Courtney has become one of her very best friends, even though Margaret is 61 and Courtney is about 31. She too is very mature for her age and a huge asset. They meet at Courtney’s home every Friday morning to pray.
• Scott is very devoted to his family- he does the breakfast routine in their house every single morning. Margaret has been there a few times on Fridays if they are late finishing prayer- and Scott is getting everyone their food while also singing them some hymns and then reading the Bible with them. 
• She said she has absolutely nothing bad to say about Scott. She has seen him in the worst of situations on this missions trip to Barbados and Scott was the one to help others and pull them up
• She can tell that he spends a lot of time in the word

MALE CHURCH MEMBER AT HARVEST

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect older members of the congregation?
• No, he carries himself well, has never really been a question.  He does things with humility

2. Does he collaborate well with others and does is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• Very good at drawing people in to see the big picture and leads by example. He is not afraid to work a long side that example.

3. How would they describe his leadership style?
• You can tell he has a heart for Christ and his leadership flows from that. He uses the Bible as his reference and leads by example.

4. How would they assess his interpersonal relationships?
• He is a great disciple builder in his relationships when necessary, he has no problem speaking into people when the need arises  
• (This man shared how he was an Alpha male and how he looks at people in a negative way.  Scott counseled him and when having disagreements, Scott always pointed him to the Word and in the end he found Scott to be right and was able to grow.  Scott counsels and challenges with humility, never overbearing) 

5. Are there areas of maturity or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• No, he is a great wartime pastor and leads dynamically.

6. Does he accept feedback well?
• Yes, very well with great humility.  He would 100% sacrifice himself for the flock.  He takes all things in pray, not rash.  This man described himself as a skeptic of people, but that Scott is the best he has seen in a long time .

The word humble and humility was used to describe Scott on more occasions than could be written down during the conversation 

NEIGHBOR OF SCOTT
Met Scott after moving into Scott’s neighborhood. 

1. Does his youth impact his ability to gain the respect of older members of the congregation?
• After building relationships with people Scott is viewed as one with a pastor’s heart and shepherds heart.

2. Does he collaborate well with others and is he successful at building a team and consensus?
• As a fellow pastor and one of a different denomination their relationship is excellent. They don’t have barriers or walls to separate them and they have explored collaboration of ministries, such as VBS. Scott has reached out to Jeff to bounce off ideas related to ministry.
• They have have had candid discussions on how God is leading them in their personal lives, as well as discussions on ministry life.

3. What would you say are Scott’s strengths?
• Genuine with people
• Good team worker
• Willing to engage as a pastor where some might stand afar.
• Servant leader

5. Are there areas of maturity, or otherwise that would negatively impact his ability to lead a church of 400 with multiple staff members?
• A challenge but he is well able to accept and make it happen.

What would you like to share with me that I haven’t asked about Scott?
• Scott is a guy who is wired to be a pastor and shepherd, and you get administrative qualities as well, which is a bonus.

Summary: He mentioned Pastors Heart and Shepherds Heart many times throughout the discussion.

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