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M4 Pastor's Conference


M4 is a conference for pastors, or those in ministry leadership, focusing on these four areas of ministry enrichment:

* ENCOURAGEMENT for the emotions of MINISTRY
* INSPIRATION for direction in MINISTRY
* WISDOM from those experienced in MINISTRY
* FRIENDSHIPS with men serving in MINISTRY

Our 2021 Main Session speakers. Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings Church in
Oswego and Pastor Terry Thompson of Rock Point Church in Crawfordsville, IN, are praying you
will find your leadership skills enhanced and the burdens of your heart lifted.

Unlike other conferences where attendees select predetermined breakout topics, participants
will share the struggles, difficulties and questions they are personally dealing with and will be
actively involved in setting the agenda for the M4 Interactive Breakout Sessions. Plus, there is
an option of sitting down one-on-one with one of our main session speakers.

Plan now to join us for this much needed time of ministry encouragement and enrichment.


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 26 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 30 years. They have 5 children ages 14-27 plus son-in-law and two adorable grandsons. 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 Terry Thompson

Terry’s passion is for helping pastors fulfill their ministry to the church and their families. He has been the lead pastor of Rock Point Church in Crawfordsville, Indiana for 23 years and has helped lead the church from an unhealthy, struggling church revitalization project of 20 people to a thriving church of over 1,000 in Sunday morning worship. He is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College and is a certified leadership coach who has personally worked with 100’s of pastors and ministry leaders. He and his wife, Kelly, are founders of Small Church USA, a nonprofit ministry committed to encourage and strengthen pastors, pastors’ wives and churches to revitalized health.


Monday, November 1, 2021


Check-in opens


Welcome and Worship


Main Session #1


Discussion Groups and Small Group Prayer


Main Session #2


Lunch (included with registration)

One-on-One Discussions


Interactive Breakout Session #1




Interactive Breakout Session #2


Small Group Prayer


Interactive Breakout Session #3


Dinner (included with registration)


Free Time

Tuesday, November 2, 2021


Continental Breakfast Available / One-on-One Discussions


Main Session #3




Main Session #4


​Small Group Prayer


Lunch (included with registration) & Breakout Session #4


Head Home!

*Schedule details are subject to change


While other options do exist, Harvest is confident in recommending the following hotels.  Links are provided for hotels that are providing special rates for conference attendees.

Best Western Oswego

5.7 miles from Harvest

2055 Wiesbrook Rd.; Oswego, IL  60543


Click here for special pricing!

Hampton Inn

9.5 miles from Harvest

310 E. Countryside Parkway; Yorkville, IL  60560


Holiday Inn Express

9.3 miles from Harvest

577 E Kendall Dr. ; Yorkville, IL 60560



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):  $99

Regular Registration (after October 1st):     $125

(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. If the cost would prohibit you from attending please contact us for possible options.)

Will refunds be available?

If you must cancel your registration we will refund your registration fee in full if you notify us no later
than 4:00pm Tuesday, October 26th .  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:  Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday:  Continental Breakfast and Lunch

What should I wear?

Dress is casual.  Wear whatever you find comfortable. 

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.  Spots are limited and will be filled by date of registration.

Where can I stay?

A list of recommended hotels close to the church is provided above.  

How do I register?

Or text the word "HARVESTM4" to (630) 554-3858,

What if I still have questions?
We’re here to help. You can email Nancy Buel, Senior Pastor Support, at or call the
church office at 630-554-3858.