Small Group Ministry
I am Cassandra Morris and I am excited to be involved in a small group ministry. I live in the USA in New Hampshire. I was 14 when I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior. I grew up in the Catholic church but never understood or knew the importance (or even that I was able) to have a personal relationship with Jesus. My uncle invited me to his church (Non-denominational) and I was amazed by the people’s love for Jesus and the way they worshiped. Shortly after joining him at church, I went to a Christian concert where they had an alter call and I gave my life to the Lord.
My dream is to be used by the Lord in however He sees fit. I want to use the gifting’s and talents He has placed in me to bless others. I dream of using my love for worship and music and the ability the Lord has given me to play guitar and sing to lead his people into new levels of worship. I also think the word I identify with most is a small group ministry. My husband and I host a small group at our home currently. It is such a privilege to lead God’s people in worship, prayer and studying his Word. I also love that we get to know the people in our group more and pray for them daily. Our church in New Hampshire has encouraged me to step out in the gifting of worship the Lord has given me. They have also supported me in my ability and gifting to lead in our Sunday school program.
This first class at Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) has encouraged me in the importance of spending time with God daily and to build up my walk with Him through reading and studying the word. It has also reminded me that I’m not in this alone! There is a community of other like-minded, God-seeking Christians who want more of Jesus, who want to learn more about Him and to give of themselves to others.
I don’t think there has been a key experience that has prompted me to pursue ministry. I believe for me that it is a desire to walk in the fullness of who God has made me. To be obedient to what He is asking me to do in a small group ministry. Some of the challenges I face are the distractions from what God is asking me to focus on daily. There is so much pulling for my attention and so much I can spend my time on – TV, smartphones, shopping etc. The Lord might be asking me to spend more time in quiet with Him, but then my phone goes off. There is always something to do, something to see.
My husband is also attending CLI. I love that God has called me to study here as well. My husband and I get to connect and read together and with our children. I am excited to see what the Lord has for us as a family in small group ministry! My husband and I have four amazing children ages 12, 11, 9 and 7. We want them to be a part of whatever we do. We want them to learn the importance of serving God’s people.
My husband works 50-60 hours a week to allow me to stay home to school our children, but only having one income barely keeps us up with the bills. I am grateful that CLI allows me to receive an education at no cost to me. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to attend a great school to learn more worship, ministry and what I believe the Lord is calling me into.
I ask for prayer to be able to lead God’s people in worship and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit while playing and singing. I would love prayer for focus throughout my studies and that I would be open to whatever the Lord is calling me to walk into for the next chapter in my life as well.
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