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Leadership: Scott Jones

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 1 - Issue 2)

17 If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (1 Corinthians 12:17-18)

As Christians, knowing our role within our job can be a difficult task. We desire to serve the Lord, but are unaware of how to do so as a cashier, secretary, doctor, or even an owner. Is there a place for God in the secular corporate world? The Bible states that we are all members of the body of Christ. The body completes its tasks with all the parts involved. In a like manner, the world keeps moving with the cooperation of all its members. We’re not all leaders, and we’re not all followers. Knowing our role and embracing it is important. Serving God in it is a must!

Scott Jones, Patewood Hospital President from 2005-2012, was kind enough to share his testimony of God in the workplace with “Greenville In One Accord.” As a leader, Scott learned some hard lessons along the way but became a better man because of it.

After being raised by Southern parents in New England and the Midwest, Scott relocated to Georgia for college. Being raised a Methodist, he had a salvation story at a young age but did not “walk the walk” in his school and early work days. The Lord started taking him in a different direction with the birth of his daughter in 1991. After many years of not attending church, Scott found himself back in the pews. God was not through with him yet, though!

“Materialistic” is how Scott describes himself in those days, and he soon found himself taking a significant financial loss after a business decision, made around 9/11, that he had been advised against. God woke him up, and he soon found himself studying the Word and listening to Christian programming. About this time, he was faced with a decision about where his daughter would be attending school the next year. Scott knew that he wanted her in a Christian school, and the Lord soon led his family to Southside Christian School in Greenville, SC.

The church there continued to feed his growth, and Scott found himself immersed in scripture. After recommitting his life to Jesus, the corporate world brought him to the position of president of the Patewood Hospital (part of the Greenville Hospital System). His recent spiritual growth found him with a new outlook in his job.

He realized that he had to work like he was working for the Lord. That humble servant had to show caring and compassion to those he worked with and realize what foundation everything in his life was set upon. Jesus stated that we would be known by our fruit (Matthew 7:20), and that is no different when we go to our jobs. We have a duty to shine our light to this dark world, which includes the job field.

The Lord “uses us where we are”, states Scott Jones. We have opportunities right where we are everyday. In the hospital field, there are many Christian doctors who offer to pray with their patients. The work atmosphere often does not allow us to evangelize, but that does not stop us from showing Jesus in how we handle business. Being honest, showing love, and offering those prayers are not forbidden territories. We sow the good seeds, and the Lord will even allow opportunities to reap the harvest sometimes. How many times do we miss those opportunities to reap and sow? We can be bold and stand for our God.

The hospital and most other employers support diversity, and as Scott Jones points out “Christianity should also be embraced in that diversity.” Unfortunately, the world can often have a double standard when it comes to Christianity being allowed. That should not stop us from living our faith!

Another unfortunate truth is that not everyone is going to be saved. We have to be sensitive to when God calls us and not miss those opportunities to reach out. Scott did not realize the far reaching effect of answering one such call when a tragedy took place at the Patewood Hospital.

A mass e-mail was sent out to all the employees of the Patewood campus of the hospital from their president. It simply offered encouragement, and mentioned God along with some scripture. To Scott's surprise, there was a tremendous outpouring of positive comments of people being encouraged and even some seeking help. Out of the tragedy, doors were opened. God uses everything for His glory.

Be sensitive to God’s calling, bear the fruit, shine His light, and always pray. God can and will use you for His purpose in your job. You just have to allow Him. In regards to prayer, Scott Jones encourages to “pray in the moment.” We have all probably told someone that we will be praying for them and end up forgetting about it in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. If somebody has a need and would like for you to pray, you should pray right then and there. Allow God to use you!

Christians are in all walks of life, and God has a purpose for each member of that body in the working world. As a leader, Scott Jones knows his role. Below are some of his “Thoughts On Leadership.”

From Scott Jones...

Personal Mission Statement
“Surrender to God daily to allow myself to be a part of His story and experience His grace. When people see me, they see God. Pray without ceasing, be Spirit-filled/Spirit-led, share the Gospel, and develop a rich, experiential relationship with the one true God.”

Thoughts On Leadership

1. “Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children." (Ephesians 5:1)
I am an adopted child of God, so imitate my heavenly Father! That grounds me…
I know who and whose I am. This is the foundation/know thyself anchor in my life.

2. "And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men," (Colossians 3:23)
Work for the Lord…so I work for His pleasure. Serve with humility as Christ modeled for us.

3. "Jesus, looking at them, said, With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God." (Mark 10:27)
And all things are possible with the Lord…so nothing is impossible as long as I am in His will.
I want to be Spirit led.

From: Volume 1 - Issue 2


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