Big Dreams for Small Groups
My name is Tony Hull, and I am excited to receive free education in ministry online at CLI. I was born and raised in the USA in a small rural town in Indiana. I grew up in the church. However, I did not truly come to know the Lord until my sophomore year of college. It wasn’t long after I began walking with the Lord that I started getting heavily involved with my local church. It was during this time I met my wife, and we began serving together.
A couple of years after we married, our pastor asked us if we would start a small group for younger couples in our home. Our church is predominantly older, so there were only two other couples at that time. The past couple of years leading our small group has been a bit of trial by fire with many challenges and equally as many beautiful moments as we have slowly grown.
Ministry Call and Free Education in Ministry
During this time, my passion for in-home small groups and coming alongside others to serve them and encourage their walk with the Lord continued to grow. I soon realized that this ministry was what the Lord was calling me to do. Therefore, if I were to take this calling seriously, I would need to further my Christian education. Then I could better serve those within the church. I looked at an online seminary, but it did not seem to be where the Lord was leading as I prayed.
Soon, I came across the Christian Leaders Institute. I was very excited as it seems to be a perfect fit for me at this stage of life. Ultimately, my dream is to be a better servant leader of others and to one day, help train other men to be servant leaders as well. Thank you, CLI, for this opportunity for free online education in ministry.