220 BARROW DOWNS | ALPHARETTA, GA 30004 | HM 770.619.1260 | WK 770.641.5590 | CELL 770.298.0725 email@example.com MATT FARLOW LIFE PURPOSE To live fully alive in Christ, (John 10:10) marked by acts of faith, (Hebrews 11) serving according to God’s strength, (John 15) courageously loving my wife and family, (Eph. 5) leading in a local church, (Eph. 4) pastoring with loving strength, (1 Peter 5) and communicating God’s truth, (2 Tim. 3) in order that I might engage people from all backgrounds, helping them to experience the full life in Christ for God’s glory (John 17). EDUCATION Master of Theology – Dallas Theological Seminary, 2000. www.dts.edu Track: Pastoral Leadership Master of Business Administration – University of North Texas, 1995. www.unt.edu Track: Management Bachelor of Business Administration – Texas A&M University, 1991. www.tamu.edu Track: Marketing EXPERIENCE Started a church, small group ministry, and a ministry to engage newcomers. Pastoral staff experience in two fast-growing, large suburban churches. Ability to think strategically coupled with capacity to love people genuinely. Experience preaching to 1200 and preaching weekly at a church plant. Philosophy of ministry rooted in Scripture and in working models. Skills with small groups, evangelism, assimilation, and leadership development. Relational ability to connect and call people to new commitments. A record of high character that has been seen in action and validated. Man who cherishes his wife and kids through servant leadership at home. Matt Farlow A Servant Leader, Passionate for the Church and Spiritual Transformation RELEVANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS [ Spiritual Life Pastor ~ Fellowship Bible Church ] Roswell, Ga. 2007-present. Giving strategic direction to the adult ministries of Fellowship. Working with staff and lay leaders to build effectiveness of their ministry efforts. Engaging newcomers to Fellowship, facilitating relational and ministry connections. Serving on teaching team to effectively share Biblical truth in creative & effective ways. Results: Developed multiple community group leaders and their ministry skills. Designed and facilitated a clear path of engagement and discipleship. Assisted people and families break new ground spiritually, evident from clear lifechange. [ Lead Pastor ~ Crossroads Church ] Ruston, La. 2003-2007. Partnered with another lead pastor to grow this plant from infancy to sustainability. Developed strategy and structure for maximum impact on active attenders of all ages. Served as a primary communicator, preaching both expository and topical messages. Provided pastoral counseling in such areas as marriage, conflict, life decisions. Gave direction to a staff of six ministry leaders, providing mentoring and development. Results: Led the church to grow in spiritual maturity and community impact. Developed the passion for outreach into effective ministry initiatives. Played an integral part in raising up a generation of passionate and mature leaders. [ Church Life Pastor ~ Denton Bible Church ] Denton, Tx. 1999-2002. Served as primary pastoral contact for newcomers at this fast-growing church. Integrated hundreds of people into the church, placing them in diverse ministry roles. Developed a new outreach to engage people at various spiritual levels, leading them forward in their spiritual development. Expanded DBC’s ability to integrate gifted and growing lay leaders in their ministries. Results: Accelerated relational and ministry involvement for hundreds of newcomers. Led team of lay leaders to introduce many to Christ, making significant spiritual impact in the lives of many others. Integrated many leaders in diverse ministry roles. [ Church Life Intern ~ Denton Bible Church ] Denton, Tx. 1998-1999. Assisted in developing a team of leaders, positioned to engage and serve newcomers. Developed Discovery material (DBC’s membership curriculum), still in use today. Built systems for leaders to direct and track members’ spiritual growth and service. Results: Helped develop the welcoming and connecting ministry from the idea stage to an integral piece of the church’s ministry. Multiplied leaders and their ability to minister to others in significant ways. Developed key systems still being used today. [ Credit Analyst ~ The Associates ] Las Colinas, Tx. 1995-1996. Led a team of analysts in responding to the rapid development of our finance division. Improved the team’s productivity by optimizing our workflow and analysis structure. Discovered solutions and provided accurate analysis on loan requests of $70 million+. Results: Established a sound credit analysis team with a reputation for adding value through excellent performance. Earned a reputation as a team member with sound character and growth potential. EDUCATION ➣ Masters Degree in Theology – Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX 1996-2000 Trained in pastoral ministry, graduating with honors. Selected as one of four graduating seniors to preach during senior preaching week. ➣ Masters Degree in Business – University of North Texas, Denton, TX 1992-1995 Trained in strategic management with focus on organizational development. Led the winning team in 1994 Johnston & Murphy National Sales Promotion. ➣ Bachelors Degree in Business – Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1987-1991 Trained in strategic marketing, graduating cum laude. Served in campus and ministry leadership positions. CHARACTER AND PERSONAL STRENGTHS ➣ Gifted in many areas of pastoral ministry, able to shepherd people compassionately and effectively. ➣ Well-developed skills in teaching, making God’s word clear and applicable to a wide variety of life situations. ➣ Trained in strategic management, able to develop leaders in a personal manner so that they reach and exceed their goals. ➣ Able to couple a “can-do attitude” with a servant’s heart, willing to serve wherever the need arises. ➣ Comfortable thinking strategically and creatively to design and develop plans to accomplish objectives. PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND ➣ Having grown up in a stable and loving home, my life was forever transformed when I trusted Christ as my savior as a junior in college. ➣ As a new believer, I experienced the excitement and joy of growth and service under the discipleship of several godly, older men at Denton Bible Church. ➣ My wife Jennifer and I were married in March 1996. Still newlyweds at heart, we are committed to one another as friends and ministry partners. ➣ We are privileged to have three lovely daughters – Ellie, Chloe and Emma. My wife (Jenn) Our Girls (Ellie – 10, Chloe – 8, Emma – 5) REFERENCES James Skinner, Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church – Ruston, LA firstname.lastname@example.org, work – 318-254-7990 x101, mobile – 318-243-9738 Danny Graham, Principal, Lincoln Builders and Crossroads Church Elder – Ruston, LA email@example.com, work – 318-255-3822, mobile – 318-245-7192 Tom Nelson, Senior Pastor, Denton Bible Church – Denton, TX firstname.lastname@example.org, work – 940-383-2115 Brent Bowen, Director of Discipleship, Denton Bible Church – Denton, TX email@example.com, work – 940-382-4198, mobile – 940-368-6501 I’d be happy to provide references associated with Fellowship Bible Church where I’m now engaged provided the process moves that point where it’s appropriate.
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