NOTE: Ryan Geyer has served as a Home Groups minister at The Village for the last two years, overseeing groups in the Fort Worth area. He will be transitioning off staff this month. This blog post was adapted from his resignation letter.
The Village has been home for my wife, Emily, and me since before we got married and I came on staff as a Home Groups minister. The first Home Group we joined belonged to Lee and Andrea Lewis. I was sitting in the living room of that group when Matt Elkins, now the Missions pastor in Dallas, described a vision trip to Sudan and the Lord ignited my heart for the nations, leading me on a series of trips into the heart of Africa. The Village is the first place I’ve ever served vocationally and is a special place for my family.
Fort Worth is growing. Our people are hungry for the gospel and are committed to gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered service and gospel-centered multiplication. In just under two years, we’ve seen an incredible amount of growth, both in numbers and maturity, in the areas to our south and west. Serving The Village as a Home Groups minister has been one of the supreme joys in my life.
Six months ago, I was approached with a unique opportunity to return to business full time. When initially approached, my answer was, “No.” I loved my role here and felt called to continue in vocational ministry. But as I continued on, I felt a leaning to pray. The answer I kept getting from the Lord was, “No, but pray.” Emily and I entered an extended season of prayer and dialogue about what the Lord may have for us. As time went on, I invited Trevor Joy and Jared Musgrove, the two men I worked closest with, into our conversation.
After months of prayer, dialogue and confusion about where the Lord would have us, I attended South by Southwest (SXSW) in March. SXSW is an annual conference that hosts everyone from Google to the New York Times. Over the course of my five days in Austin, I began to gain clarity. It was on the drive home, just north of Austin, where the Lord clearly directed me toward a new people to pursue.
For the life of the disciple, vocation should be more than a 9-5 job. It should be an outworking and overflow of what the Lord is doing in your heart. In these months of prayer, the Lord has given me a heart for people who are blindly playing in the mud. My heart broke during my time in Austin as I heard story after story of rich young rulers – or wannabe rich young rulers – chasing a fleeting world with everything they have. It was made clear that my next season in life should be the building of a company whose bottom line isn’t a dollar sign – but the pursuit of hearts.
Transition is never easy, but often fruitful. For the short term, I will remain full time in my current role and serve Jared Musgrove, the new Home Groups pastor. The tentative timeline for my exit is mid-May. Following that, we’ll remain active Covenant Members of The Village in both Flower Mound and Fort Worth. The coming addition of a Fort Worth campus has done nothing but add a weight to this decision. I love you guys and will miss our day-to-day interaction.
If you have any questions about how the Lord led us in this direction, I’d be glad to chat. I’m thankful for the friendships that have begun in this place, and I will continue to enjoy whatever the Lord has before us.