As a child we all have dreams of becoming a rockstar, professional athlete or a doctor. However, I always dreamed of being an anchor woman, in fact, that’s the major I pursued in college. During and after college I found myself exploring the field even further by job shadowing local TV announcers, working for three local radio stations and being an on-field emcee for a minor league baseball team. During my free time I thoroughly enjoyed singing on the praise team at church, leading a life group and helping kick off young-adult ministries.
So the fact that I’m writing you today as a Communications Director for the local church is completely different from what I personally had planned. The truth is no matter what I personally wanted or thought was best for me is NOT correct. Gods plan for my life is FAR better than any fairy tale I could create for myself. Let me share with you the rather shocking, exciting and rewarding experience of God calling me into His ministry.
WHEN GOD SPEAKS YOU LISTEN
Earlier this year I found myself away from the media industry and into selling insurance. Let me tell you, for someone who is energetic, extroverted, enjoys public speaking and moving around this was not an ideal job for my personal skill sets. I felt very unfulfilled in this career. The paychecks were great but something much greater was missing. By not using my God given talents, I quickly found myself down and depressed at work but also outside of work. It felt as if everything in life was going down hill. I began applying for jobs and jobs but I didn’t hear anything! This was very unusual for someone who graduated with a 3.9GPA and has a lot of work experience for their age. It was as if door after door was slamming and I was caught with nowhere to run. The only hope I could hold onto during this time was Gods word, specifically the verse Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ohhhhh but let me tell you, my God is faithful and He never left me during those unfulfilling times. On a typical day while sitting in my office, God decided it was time to speak. If I had to quote what he said word for word it went something like this:
“Alison, what in the world are you doing here at StateFarm? I’ve created you for much greater things. Instead of insuring people’s property you should be insuring their arrival through my holy gates. Use your marketing, music and extroverted talents for my kingdom. Now go and get started!”
Then at my desk, an overwhelming flood of marketing/outreach ideas swarmed my head. I had to instantly pick up a pen and write down the plans of attracting the lost/unchurched community before they escaped me. That same night, I drafted an outreach/marketing plan. (Now trust me, most young twenty year old’s don’t spend their spare time doing something like this.)
WHEN GOD SPEAKS YOU LISTEN & GO
I did not question Gods calling, for it was abnormally strong, clear and powerful. I expressed to my parents the unique divine encounter I had experienced. I expected them to reply in a humorous way… like I was out of my mind for being called to the ministry. To my surprise, they agreed that I would be perfect for this type of work.
Long story short, the first preacher I discussed my passion and calling with expressed his church’s need for my exact offering. God clearly shut every door and opened the one He “called” me to.
Since I stopped, listened and followed Gods call I’ve had the privilege to work part time as the Minister of Communications & Involvement at MercyChurch and now full time as the Communications Director at SonRise Church. My mission is to keep current attendees engaged, involved and informed on church matters. Not only that, my mission is to help attract the lost/un-churched community to meet Jesus and be saved!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
If God is calling you to do something, understand that He is faithful and will open the doors you couldn’t imagine. Please share this article to encourage others to listen and follow when God speaks!