“Dear Highlands College,
I am emailing you because we recently hired a Highlands College graduate, Sawyer McKenzie.
We took a risk hiring a 22 year-old… but I had such faith in the leadership development that Church of the Highlands does, that I was willing to take a risk.
I have so much respect for Pastor Chris and his systematic approach that I believed that this young leader would come to us well trained and ready to grow. I’ve watched you guys from afar for many years now. I use your resources, watch your messages, attend ARC conferences, and learn as much as I can from your church. I want to let you know that I have even more respect for Church of the Highlands after working with Sawyer for the past two months.
He has done a great job learning our culture, building teams, taking feedback, rising to challenges, and learning to be a communicator. I know that is largely due to the way you all have trained him up through Highlands College and to your leadership development culture as a church.
I have always wanted to hire a Highlands College graduate and have tried to do so for the past five years, but it never worked out. This time around, I finally got my wish and it was everything I thought it would be! Really, this email is to say thank you and to encourage your team at Highlands College. Thank you for being Kingdom- minded and for doing the hard work of intentionally raising up great leaders. You all are doing a great job and our church in Southern California is reaping the rewards of your hard work.
I appreciate you guys!”