Massie, Ludy 1990-03-20

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Ludy Massie discusses the ministry programs and School of Preaching at Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ludy Massie

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: March 20, 1990

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Beth Elmore

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born in Oklahoma Panhandle, Parents homesteaded in 1903, Education, Attended Panhandle state school, Graduated from Oklahoma State in 1941, World War II, Served in South Pacific and Philippines, Came home in 1945, Met wife at camp near Gainesville, Texas, Personal life, Met wife in 1942 at church, Married in June 1943, Career, Worked for Department of Agriculture and Soil, Conservation Service in Oklahoma, Purchased small ranch in Gainesville, Personal life (again), Moved to Lubbock in 1953, Discussion of five children, Career (again), Involved in insurance and real estate, Worked for local agents—Gil Phillips, Started own insurance business, Retirement, Retired in 1983, Involved in church activities, Lubbock Church of Christ churches, Description of churches in 1953, Sunset Church of Christ, Formation of church, Cooperative effort among other churches, Original meeting place, Additional churches, Discusses Sunset’s involvement in forming new, Churches, Mainline churches, Discussion of difference between these and non, Mainstream churches, Each church autonomous body, Relationship between churches, Churches interact with one another, Gospel festivals allow for joint fellowships, Sunset Church of Christ (again), Discussion of different ministers, Expansion of church, Outreach programs, School of Preaching, Realized not enough Spanish speaking ministers, Program began at Lubbock Christian University, Moved school to Sunset, Program for men primarily, Missionary training, Lubbock Christian University, Began with elementary school, 1957—College opened, Interaction between school and churches, Discussion of continuous education from elementary, to college at LCU, Minority Members, Sunset has a few minority members, Discusses three African American congregations in, Lubbock, Mexican-American congregation meets at Sunset, School of Preaching (again), Trains Spanish speaking people to return to their own country, Director raises financial aid for students, No tuition charged, Discusses number of teachers, Classroom facilities available, Originated 28 years ago, Two-year program, Discusses success of program, Prepares for ministry, Mission Group, Usually younger people, Remain on assignment 18 months, Many enter School of Preaching afterwards, Most single people, Supported financially by family members.

Tape 1, Side 2: Four groups go abroad, Sent to areas requesting young people, Sunset Church of Christ (again), Massie served as elder, Been an elder for 22 years, Discusses power structure within church, Attendance, Number of members, Average attendance, Problems, Divorce results in people leaving church, Church focuses on preventing divorce.

Range Dates: 1940-1990

Bulk Dates: 1953-1990

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