Shortly after meeting Christ as a high school senior I sensed a call to pastoral ministry. Six months later I was a student at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas. I was immature in every aspect of life, but especially so in my new-found faith.
I helped launch a campus radio station. Upon graduation I accepted a position with an Odessa, Texas, radio station. Two years later I was the sales manager at a brand new station that took the market by storm. Two more years passed and I was out of radio and working at an advertising agency. My career was flourishing and thoughts of serving in vocational ministry had grown faint.
Phyllis and I joined a Life Group led by Joyce Stone, the wife of our pastor. She poured her life into our group, challenging us to live lives shaped by Scripture. Far more than a Bible study, this was a group of people who shared every aspect of life together.
Every now and again, when Joyce was away, I led our group. Others soon expressed the conviction that I should pray about serving in pastoral ministry. I did pray while we both continued to participate in every aspect of our church life.
Joyce and our pastor, Bailey Stone, encouraged and guided us as we navigated the challenges surrounding the growing conviction that God wanted us in pastoral ministry. The renewed sense of call was strongly affirmed by others in our Life Group.
Ten years after graduating from Wayland, we moved to Fort Worth and seminary. The most difficult aspect of the move was leaving our friends. God had used them to grow us in our faith and to teach us what life lived in community was all about.
This was far more than a church we attended. This was our family.
What can you expect God to do in you through an Alsbury Life Group?
• He will provide friends that become family.
• He will grow you in your faith.
• He will use you and your group to change the world as you respond together to Scripture.