First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who have followed my life and ministry and have been a constant support and encouragement to me. God has done some incredible things over the past few years and I'd like to let you in on the latest adventure in this journey with God.
To make it easy, I've written it up in FAQ form.
WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON?
Four years ago, I moved to Abilene, Texas to be the Student Pastor at Fountaingate Fellowship. God multiplied the movement from 15 students to over 250 passionate, radical young people going after a move of God. Accompanied by signs, wonders and miracles - Youth Church was one of the greatest adventures of my life.
After about 2 1/2 years, God led me to the ministry apprenticeship program (2K2) at Elevation Church for even more training. The growth I experienced there was incredible - and was offered a staff position with Elevation Church after the program ended.
SO WHAT'D YOU DO?
Well, sure enough, the week before I was offered a job at the church, God encountered me in a radical way and spoke to my heart. I heard Him speak to me clearly and say:
"You know what I've called you to do and who I've called you to be - I've made you to be a VOICE - to stir passion and steer my people towards revival. It's time to go."
I spent three days weeping - the feelings of excitement and confusion all meshed together. I knew that God was asking me to take a giant faith step, I was just way too scared to take it.
I decided to say no to coming on staff with Elevation Church. Although it was a difficult decision, I felt compelled to pursue a passion I believe God put in my heart when I was only 16 years old.
So, in obedience to that pull, I will begin moving into a season of traveling ministry as an Evangelist
existing to serve the local church in the way i know best - stirring a passion for more of god's presence.
WHERE WILL YOU GO?
The goal is to move back to Dallas as soon as possible. Ever since my years at CFNI, Dallas has been a type of "home base" for me and will provide me the climate to be surrounded by leaders who can cover me, lead me and launch me.
I will be planted - serving and submitted at Trinity Church in Dallas under the leadership of one of my Spiritual Fathers - Pastor Jaycee Jennings, as well as other leaders that are at Trinity as well as CFNI.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING?
To be completely honest with you, I am TOTALLY freaked out. There are so many voices in my head that are yelling at me - reminding me of the possibility of failure and inadequacy, but there's a Voice that speaks louder still. I'm choosing to believe that Voice.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Another honesty moment - this transition is super uncomfortable for me. I like having security and being independent but I realize that for me to move into this next season, I might have to be OK without either of those things.
I know that there are so many of you who have partnered with me in the past, so here are two ways you can partner with me right now:
1. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
I need all the prayer I can get. There has been an obvious attack from the enemy to try and prevent this season from happening, but I know that no weapon formed against us can prosper.
2. LET'S CONNECT
TD Jakes says that "the Kingdom of God advances amongst friends." I want to partner with what God is doing in your church, youth ministry or organization. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what God is doing and how I can join you in seeing your goals met.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about what God is doing in my life. I really hope to connect with you soon and find a way to partner with all that God has for you, your church, your ministry and your life!
- Jared Ellis