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The Next Journey…..

By imjohnnykelley, July 15, 2013

I have been quiet on my blog for a while now. There are a couple reasons for this. One reason is completely normal….life is busy and when I do have time I end up filling it with my family. Sometimes it just comes down to motivation. While writing a blog seems simple, it does take a lot of time to write and make sure it is actually something worth reading.
The second reason is, our lives in the Kelley house have been going through some incredible changes. 
About a year ago Sarah and I started to feel unsettled. God was moving in our hearts and we felt that we were going to have some major changes in our life…..even if we didn’t know what those changes were. We kept praying and asking God to help us find the direction to head. During this time we started to feel that God had a new job for us in ministry. The natural thought was that we were going to move somewhere and I was going to pastor again. So we started looking for a position. Over the next few months we interviewed at some incredible churches all over the country. But every single time, something would stop us from going to these awesome places. Some of them would take us all the way to filling out insurance papers, but something wouldn’t be right and we would walk away. Some of them would pursue us to work there and then they would walk away. All through this time, we were tired, and frustrated….but we knew that God had a plan.
All we could do is keep living in His will and wait.
Over the last few weeks we have realized that the church God has for us to work at is the one that we are going to start. During the last few years Sarah and I have talked about starting a church, but never really pursued it. But in the last 6 months we started to notice something as we interviewed with churches and talked with friends, family, and mentors. They all started to tell us we should plant a church. At first I just ignored it because “I knew” that God had a church for us to go to. Now we know why none of the places seemed like a correct fit. We are being called to build that correct fit.
We are extremely excited, scared, anxious, and many many other adjectives that show us we are walking in faith and are in the exact spot God wants us to be. We will be planting the church here in Florida next year. Our focus is going to be completely on the family. From the very beginning our DNA is to equip the family to grow in Christ together. So many of the problems we are experiencing in the world today all stem from the family falling apart. We are striving to create a place that heals those families and helps bring the whole family closer to God. We are extremely excited about this next journey. We have a ton of work to do over the next year, and are already getting started. So where does that leave us? Well, we need somethings from you guys.
  • First, please start praying for us as we go through this awesome process. Pray for the people that are joining us on this journey. Pray for us to have wisdom as we make decisions about the future of God’s church. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and really covet your prayers.
  • Secondly, I am looking to travel and speak during the next year to help raise funds for this awesome new opportunity. Starting a church takes a lot of money, and we  need to partner with people that want to be a part of this incredible mission to change the world. If you would like me to come speak, just let me know. If you just want to donate to the cause, we really appreciate that as well. Please keep the finances and my travels in your prayers as well!
  • Finally, if you want to be a part of an incredible journey and join with us as we work and plan to make a difference in eternity. We aren’t looking for people to do jobs….we are looking for people that want to fill the role that God created them to fill. If you just want to be a part of something new and family centered we would love to have you. We will be starting small group meetings in the next few weeks. If you are interested in being a part of the group, please just let me know.

We love and appreciate all of you that have been a part of our lives, and can’t wait to see what God has in store during this next leg of our journey. If you would like to contact me about any of our needs, please email me at johnnykelley@me.com and I will be in contact ASAP! This is just the beginning of the next journey….and it is going to be an awesome ride!

peace – love – recycle

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer Torres says:

    Though, we do not know ea. other, my husband and Sarah do from ack in the Quest days, maybe. Anyway, thanks for sharing your testimony, it definitely strikes a cord with me, hearing and seeing and experiencing the need for the family togetherness help and support from the church! I will be praying for you and your family for all provisions to be met and the leading of the Holy Spirit in any way to be clearly seen, in this step your family is faithfully taking for the kingdom of God.

  2. Loanne says:

    Hey guys,

    We are excited for you! I pray for God’s wisdom, guidance, humility and grace throughout this process.

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