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M4 Pastor's Conference


Keep Your Chin Up, Pastor!

The entire 2020 M4 Ministry Enrichment Conference is geared toward encouraging pastors mentally, physically and spiritually. Ministry in the days of COVID-19 has been exhausting, and it is time to gather for refreshment and encouragement!​


Pastor Scott Poling

Scott can relate. He knows what it’s like to be the only pastor in a very small church answering the phone and opening the mail. He also knows what it’s like to practice delegation and oversight of a larger staff. He understands the pressures of ministry and all the criticisms that come with it. After serving as Senior Pastor at Harvest New Beginnings for 25 years, he has gained a unique perspective on ministry and leadership which allows him to speak into pastors’ lives. He speaks your language.

Scott grew up in and around Ocean City, New Jersey and at the age of 17 received Christ as his Savior. He graduated from Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary and has been married to his wife, Carla for 29 years. They have 5 children ages 13-26 plus one son-in-law and one adorable grandson. Scott’s heart is for encouraging and building up pastors and other leaders in ministry.

Outside of being a pastor, Scott enjoys trail running and hiking America’s national parks.

Pastor Mike Hess

Mike is passionate about learning and teaching the Bible and is currently serving as the National Representative of the GARBC. His call is to encourage, mentor and train pastors. He is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and has served as a senior pastor in both Illinois and Iowa. Mike has also been blessed to teach God’s Word in various countries including Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, Italy, Israel and Australia.

He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oswego and came to know Christ as his Savior at the age of 17 through the faithful witness of a high school friend. Mike married his wife, Christina, in 1996 and they are blessed with two children, Joseph and Hannah. He is a graduate of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary.

Along with his focus on ministry, Mike loves to read, travel, spend time with his family and faithfully root on the Chicago Cubs.


Monday, November 2, 2020


Check-in opens


Main Session #1

Speaker: Scott Poling, Harvest New Beginnings




Main Session #2

Speaker: Scott Poling, Harvest New Beginnings


Small Group Prayer


Lunch (included with registration)

One-on-One Appointments


Interactive Breakout Session #1




Interactive Breakout Session #2




Interactive Breakout Session #3

5:30 - 5:45

Small Group Prayer


Dinner offsite at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club (included with registration)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020


Continental Breakfast Available / One-on-One Appointments


Main Session #3

Speaker: Mike Hess, GARBC National Representative


Small Group Prayer




Interactive Breakout Session #4


​Small Group Prayer


Lunch (included with registration)

One-on-One Appointments

Head Home!

*Schedule details are subject to change


Harvest is confident in recommending the following two hotels. Please note the special group rates are
only available until the dates shown.

Best Western

(Formerly Holiday Inn Express)

5.7 miles

$65/night until 10/16

(scroll down the page to select room & length of stay)

2055 Wiesbrook Rd., Oswego

(630) 844-4700

Hampton Inn

9.5 miles

$99/night until 10/2

(one night option is available by clicking “Edit Stay”)

310 E. Countryside Pkwy, Yorkville

(630) 553-9805


Harvest is confident in recommending the following two hotels. Please note the special group rates are
only available until the dates shown.


Distance from Harvest





Phone Number


Best Western Oswego Hotel (previously Holiday Inn Express)

5.7 miles


until 10/16

M4 Best Western

(scroll down the page to select room & length of stay)

(630) 844-4700

2055 Wiesbrook Rd.; Oswego

Hampton Inn

9.5 miles


until 10/2

M4 Hampton

(one night option is available by clicking “Edit Stay”)



310 E. Countryside Pkwy.; Yorkville


Why should I attend M4?

M4 is a conference for those who want to:

  • Learn from the ministry struggles and successes of others
  • Receive encouragement from the spoken Word
  • Catch a vision for the future direction of your ministry
  • Network with others in ministry

Who should attend M4?

M4 is geared toward pastors, but would be beneficial for any male staff or key volunteers seeking encouragement and enrichment in their ministry.

What does it cost?

Early Bird Registration (thru October 1st):  $50

Regular Registration (after October 1st):     $75

(Please Note:  Harvest sees M4 strictly as a ministry to encourage pastors. Your registration fee helps cover a portion of the costs incurred to host M4 and no profit is made by Harvest from your fee.)

Will refunds be available?

In these days of COVID we understand circumstances can change quickly.  If you must cancel your registration we will refund your registration fee in full if you notify us no later than 4:00pm Friday, October 30th.  If for any reason Harvest cancels the conference, your fee will be refunded in full.

What does the fee include?

2 days of ministry enrichment and encouragement

Conference notebook and general materials

Monday:  Lunch and Dinner

Tuesday:  Continental Breakfast and Lunch

What should I wear?

Dress is casual.  Wear whatever you find comfortable.  Masks will not be required while at Harvest, however your hotel, as well as our offsite dinner location on Monday night, will require you to have one.

Where is the conference taking place?

Harvest New Beginnings Church;

5315 Douglas Road; Oswego, IL  60543

(630) 554-3858

What is an Interactive Breakout Session?

Facilitated by an experienced ministry leader, participants will discuss pertinent topics with peers who understand and appreciate the challenges they face and the solutions they’ve found.  Agenda topics will be set based on the needs and interests of the group.

What is a One-on-One Discussion?

These appointments are optional and may be chosen during registration.  Our main session speakers sit down with attendees one-on-one for 30 minutes, allowing you time to discuss specific items that affect you and your particular ministry.  If you choose this option during registration, you will receive a follow up form to complete. 

Where can I stay?

A list of recommended hotels close to the church is provided above.  Please note both businesses require masks to be worn in public areas and are not currently offering a hot breakfast option.

How do I register?

Or text the word "pastors" to (630) 554-3858, or call Harvest at (630) 554-3858. Ask for Nancy.