About Scott Scruggs

Scott’s greatest passion is to help people consider who Jesus is and discover how His grace and teaching can change their lives. As a pastor, he feels called to help the church community grow closer to God and become more effective in reaching people.

Currently, Scott is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, where he has served for the past twelve years alongside John Ortberg. In addition to preaching regularly, Scott has led the staff that oversees all ministries of the church’s campuses. He has also helped launch Menlo’s most recent fifth campus and spearheaded getting people to participate in small groups, increasing the number of those involved from almost 1,500 to nearly 2,300.

Scott first joined the Menlo staff in the fall of 2005 as a teaching pastor and young adult pastor. For his first seven years, he preached monthly at the main Sunday worship services and at the young adult worship service. During this time, attendance at the young adult worship services more than tripled.

After growing up in Arkansas, Scott attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in English and discovered thoughtful Christian voices like C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Henry Nouwen, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who brought Scripture to life for him in an intelligent and compelling way. Newly inspired, he accepted a position in college ministry which led him to enroll at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he earned his Master of Divinity degree and developed a theology and approach to ministry that are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Northshore.

Scott says, “Most importantly, after being a pastor for more than a decade, I met and married the love of my life, Nina. More than any other person, she has both loved me as I am and challenged me to be the man God wants me to be.”

Scott loves to spend time with God in solitude, through Scripture, and reading books. He has a close community of friends who keep him grounded, and his mentor has been an unwavering support and source of personal accountability for almost twenty years. The most significant moment in his spiritual life, Scott says, happened in March of this year when he became a dad for the first time. “Knowing that my little girl will look to me the way I looked to my own dad, for love, guidance, and unconditional acceptance, is the best gift God could give me and the greatest challenge I will ever face.”

When he isn’t catching up on his sleep, Scott enjoys surfing, golf, travel, reading, playing music, watching movies, and spending time with the people he loves.

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The Search that Led to Scott

This video gives a glimpse into how Scott Scruggs was selected as the Senior Pastor Candidate of Northshore.

Message from the Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers is pleased and excited to recommend Scott Scruggs as the next Senior Pastor of Northshore Community Church.

Scott is currently the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Menlo Church, which serves nearly 6,000 worshipers on five campuses in the San Francisco Bay area. Scott is one of the lead teaching pastors at Menlo Church alongside John Ortberg, and he has been instrumental in Menlo’s drive to saturate the region with the gospel by planting multiple campuses.

On Sunday, August 27, Scott will join us at Northshore to preach at our worship celebrations. We will have two worship services that day, at 9 and 11am, so you can meet him between and after the services.

Later that day, we’ll have a Q&A with Scott from 4-5:30pm, followed by a Special Family Meeting at 6pm, which will include Q&A about the search process. At that meeting, members will vote whether to affirm his call. Questions can be submitted by 2pm on Sunday, August 27, to questions@northshore.church or on Connection Cards that morning. Questions about Scott will be answered at his Q&A, and questions about the search process will be answered during the Special Family Meeting.

If you are out of town, you can watch Scott’s message live on our Facebook page that Sunday morning around 11:20am. The Q&A will also be broadcast live on our page starting at 4pm at www.facebook.com/northshorecommunity.

The vote of affirmation requires a quorum of 10% of church members, which would be 95 members, with at least 75% of those voting to affirm the call. If Northshore members affirm Scott’s call, he would begin serving at Northshore on October 1.

This recommendation is the fruit of considerable study and prayer on the part of the Search Committee and the Board of Overseers, as well as prayer and fasting from our Northshore community. Throughout the entire process, our prayer has been that God’s choice for Northshore would be unmistakable and that we would be both unanimous and excited in presenting a candidate for affirmation. That is absolutely the case with Scott, and we are eager for the rest of you to get to know him as well.

Thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown us throughout this journey. There will be an opportunity to spend a casual Evening with Scott on Thursday, August 24 from 7-8:30pm in the Student Center. We look forward to seeing you at the 9 & 11am worship services on August 27, the Q&A with Scott that afternoon, and the Special Family Meeting that evening.

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In Good Hands

by Scott Scruggs

I’ve always been a very driven, perfectionistic kind of person. But around my thirtieth birthday, I started to feel anxious and worried all the time. I was stressed out more during the day and unable to sleep well at night. I literally had to change deodorants because I was sweating all the time. Too much information, I know. I remember sharing this with a close friend of mine who said, “I wonder if you should talk to someone about it.”

“Aren’t I talking to you about it?” I thought to myself somewhat sarcastically.

“Someone like a counselor,” my friend said.

A few weeks later, I made an appointment and the counselor told me the last thing I wanted to hear, “You have anxiety.” Those three words reverberated through the room, and I could feel my whole body trying resist them. “I don’t have anxiety,” I thought to myself. “I’m a smart and gifted young pastor in a large, influential church.” Yet there I sat in that counselor’s office, thirty years old, waking up to this painful reality that I was struggling with anxiety and patterns of negative thinking—and it was only getting worse.

To be honest, my first response was to feel angry at God. Why did I have this struggle? What purpose could it possibly serve, other than to make my life more difficult and my ministry less fruitful?  Beneath the anger, I felt ashamed. How can I be a great leader if I’m anxious all the time? How I can help lead others to Jesus if my faith is clouded with worry or doubt?

Those questions were just the beginning. For years, I prayed, I met with a counselor, I confided in close friends, but God didn’t take this burden from me. Instead, I began to experience what God told the apostle Paul when he prayed for healing in his own life. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, “My grace is enough. When your mind is racing, when you feel anxiety in your body, when you feel like you can’t write a sermon because you worry it will be a colossal failure, my grace is still enough.”

Turns out, it was. Those years were filled with moments that proved how faithful God is. I met and married my amazing wife, Nina. I took on a new ministry leadership role that helped a 145-year-old Presbyterian church launch new multisite campuses and grow its existing ones. I received more encouraging feedback about my teaching during the difficult days than in any other time in my ministry. When I shared my story with our church, as a young pastor I feared I would lose my credibility with them. But, the congregation embraced this part of my journey and it created a deeper connection between us.

More importantly, I discovered something amazing about God. That while I might be worried, God isn’t. While I might experience anxiety in my body, God never feels anxious. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8).  You see, God has never had an anxious thought because his mind is filled with thoughts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and goodness. God’s kingdom is never in danger and his plans are never in doubt.  So even when I don’t feel like my life is in good hands, my life actually is in good hands.

Today, a moment of anxiety can still strike at almost any time. It’s never welcomed or convenient, but it doesn’t have the same power it used to. I can now recognize it for what it truly is: an opportunity to surrender my self-sufficiency, to ask for help or prayer from friends or family, and to actively trust God with whatever circumstances come my way.

Honestly, I think I’ve learned as much about God from this ordeal as I have from all the theology books on my shelves. In a way, I’m even grateful for the lesson.

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Watch Scott’s Messages

How to Deal With Difficult People.
Our Finest Gift.
What Have You Got to Lose?
 Is God Cold-Hearted?