2014 has been a ride. Now, don’t shut this off. This isn’t a sappy recap of 2014. No one cares about my resolutions and what happened (or didn’t) with them. I want to talk about the future. 2015. I want to tell you about what I’m up to, because its been a while. Let’s chat.
However I must say, this year has been awesome. I have loved finishing up school and living in Northern Kentucky. My time at Lakeside has been such a blessing and I couldn’t imagine having been anywhere else for my internship and learning and growing at any other church. But my time there has come to an end as I graduate in December and look to the future. And after some searching, job hunting and prayer, Kathleen and I began to consider our next step.
We’ve decided to move back to my hometown, McDonough, GA. My heart has been back there at my home church, Momentum, the entire time I’ve been in the Cincinnati area. The Momentum team has been doing some really amazing things in the community and we desperately want to be a part of that. We decided that it was more important to us to get involved in a church that was partnering with the community and really seeking God’s direction than for me to get a ministry position for the sake of my degree or any other pressure. We just desperately want to be apart of what God is doing in McDonough and be near the people that we love there and that’s the real priority for us as a married couple. I realize that last phrase isn’t that important to the sentence but I’m really excited to marry her, y’all.
Kathleen and I have always wanted to be in Georgia. (It is the best state and I will fight anyone who disagrees). We’ve always talked about how we want to be in Georgia eventually and somewhere down the road we’ll get there. But we have no reason not to. Our hearts are in Georgia with my family and with all of the cool things that are going on there. We spend most of our breaks traveling to McDonough and being at Momentum. Why would we wait for later if God can use us in ministry there now? So, we’re coming home.
One of the biggest reasons for this move is that I am incredibly torn when it comes to vocational ministry. I don’t feel comfortable going to work at a church right off the bat simply because I don’t want to blindly step into a position without knowing how good of a fit it is. But more than that, my internship has really made me torn between worship and youth ministries. Ideally, I would love to be leading worship for youth because I love working with students and being an influence on their lives and I love leading worship and bands. However, that position in the full time sense is hard to come by but I can go to Momentum and get plugged in and serve in both capacities. We can be a part of that body and serve alongside those leaders. “We are more concerned with listening to what God wants instead of being consumed by finding a job that uses our degree. Our first steps after graduation almost certainly won’t be what we do forever. I think we’re under a lot of pressure to use the education that we just spent four years and thousands of dollars earning right out of college, which is stupid. Of course I want to use my degree, but I know I have the rest of my life to do that. I am not bound by the degree on my diploma. I have options and the rest of my life to explore those options. I want us to be in a place we love, doing what we love. Which is serving together.” – Kathleen
So, I’m sure you have questions. We do, too.
Hopefully, this helps:
(Thanks for the idea, Zac Manor)
Where will you live? Are you going to live with your parents?
Originally, yes, with my parents. I’ll move back at the end of December and move in my old room. But I am actively looking for a place because I don’t want to be worrying about our housing when we are getting married.
Do I have a job lined up? Does Kat?
I am working on that. I have some leads, but would love any help you can offer. Kathleen does not have anything lined up but has a psych degree and is excited to find something in Atlanta.
When will Kat move down?
Mid-March after we get married.
How does Kat feel about GA?
“I am uprooting from my life in one place for another place in which my heart has already taken root. The last three years, I’ve felt torn between two places that I love dearly and I feel like I’m cheating on Cincinnati a little bit. I am way more proud of being from Cincinnati than any person probably ought to be, but I can’t help it. Skyline Chili is probably what’s running through my veins instead of blood. However, I never pictured myself living here forever — it’s just not something I’ve ever wanted. The South is romantic to me, and Georgia just makes sense right now. My heart’s desire is to be open to what the Lord has for me, and right now, this is what I think we are supposed to be doing. Georgia always seemed like some lofty dream we would have to work toward because living there would be too good to be true, but here we are. It’s going to be hard, but it’s an adventure and I like those.” – Kathleen
Will I eventually get a ministry job?
I will have a worship degree and would love to use it but I don’t know God’s plans and I don’t want to try to make them for Him.
Is Buckner’s a factor in this move?
Yes. It is. Fried chicken and peach cobbler make most of my decisions.
Are we scared?
Yes, it’s a big move. But it’s been bathed in prayer and we can’t imagine a better place to start our life together and be in this season.
In all of this, we are seeking God. We are both extremely sad to be leaving Cincinnati but are excited for what He has for us in McDonough. We’d love to talk to you about what we’re up to but hopefully this gives you some insight. Thanks for reading about our lives!