Portraits of Growth: Jim Longhurst

At NSCBC, we believe that multiplying disciples who make disciples is crucial to seeing a gospel movement on the North Shore. Throughout the year, we want to highlight encouraging stories of our people growing through discipleship groups and preparing to multiply their faith.

Will you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Jim Longhurst, from Gloucester, MA. I’m married to Jean, with kids, and grandkids 4 hours away by car, and 4 hours away by plane. I continue, at present, as a part time Interim Pastor of the Union Congregational Church in Magnolia. I also serve as the founder and President of Clapham Servants Inc.

Jean and I have been regularly attending NSCBC now for 3 and ½ yrs (the past six months have been far more irregular on Sunday physically). I am still active, though, in the Friday morning prayer meeting, as well as regularly watching the Sunday morning worship service.

Who was in your discipleship group last year, and what led you to want to join a D-group?

Rick C. and Bobby Warrenburg. My initial reason was to have a structured reading of the Bible with two other guys, through most of the Bible in a year. As the relationships became part of my life, the fellowship together eventually became an important secondary reason.

What was the most impactful part of your discipleship group experience last year?

Having a structured reading plan and a couple of guys to talk over what we had read. As I mentioned above, the fellowship with one another became as important over time. Also, the regular engagement with the Bible Project videos were invaluable as well.

What is one way you’re growing in your love for God and his word?

My mind has become more fully and regularly filled with the reality of God and God’s presence in my life through the Scriptures. I have become considerably less anxious in general about my life, and my concern over our finances.

“If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” 1 Timothy 4:6-7,15

What was one area of your life where you were spurred on to fresh obedience to Jesus, from being part of your discipleship group?

My fresh obedience with and to Jesus has resulted from my being more deeply nourished in the truths of the faith (the Bible reading), and not constantly checking how the DOW did on a given day.

What was one way that your discipleship group helped you to love others well (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers)?

I am more patient and have a greater degree of peace, and this has enabled me to concretely listen and be more fully present with everyone especially in times of intense stress.

How is the Lord leading you into multiplication, and discipleship of others? What is one thing you learned in your discipleship group that you want to take with you as you disciple others?

I now posses a plan of enrichment spiritually with God and others. I can easily and practically invite others into in my life.