hula_lessons‘Ohana…I love this word. On a visit to the Island of Oahu, I came to understand what this word means as I interacted with the wonderful folks at New Hope Christian Fellowship. ‘Ohana is the Hawaiian term for family. It’s phrasing signifies inclusion, relationship, and commitment. The phrase was made popular in the Disney animated film, Lilo & Stich. In the movie, a small Hawaiian girl named Lilo, boldly reminds her sister, “Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind.”

As a person committed to seeing the Next Generation embrace God’s Ways, I realize more and more the important role the family has in God’s plan. The family is the first institution/organization/system that God, Himself, created. He created it with purpose. It was at the very beginning of time here on earth that God formed man & woman and told them to be fruitful and multiply. It was through Abraham’s transient family that He began to reveal His promises for humanity. It was through Israel’s imperfect family that He began to release His plan. It was through David’s dysfunctional family that He would redeem humanity. The family is the vehicle that God has made Himself known for centuries.

Now I am not going to explore the sociological implications of the family. Nor am I going to attempt to define the family (tho the Bible does acknowledge a definition). There are many more brilliant and intelligent people who can spend their time exploring those aspects of family. Instead, I want to simply share what I feel is a revelation of God’s heart for the NextGen – ‘Ohana.

I feel the leading cause to pre-teen & teen violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, depression, suicide, sexual confusion, etc… is the on going disintegration of the family. We can trace most of these symptoms to the root problem of fractured families. It is because of this brokenness that a generation is wandering lost with no moral compass. The emerging generation feels a sense of hopelessness, not because of our depressed economy but because families have forsaken their responsibility to “pass on God’s Ways to the next generation” (Deuteronomy Ch. 6).

This is why I do what I do. This is why I have made it my life’s mission to “help this generation discover and become exactly who God has created them to be.” I believe, as my friend Gregg Johnson says, “we must reach them before we have to rescue them!” To reach the next generation we need to restore marriages and resource families with the tools they desperately need to “train up a child in the way they should go.” (Proverbs 22:6)

The church and the family must partner together to reach this emerging generation. We must both do what we are created to do. The church’s role is to equip for the work of the gospel. The family’s role is to pass on God’s Ways. Together we can reach the NextGen.


Kelly Fellows —  February 19, 2016 — Leave a comment

Cedar Crest LogoI have been part of kids & youth camps for almost 30 years. I have found that there is simply no environment quite like camp. Regardless of the season in which the camp program takes place, camp is a catalytic environment for true-life transformation. It provides a setting where students disengage with the distractions of everyday life and engage with God in His creation. Students experience baptism of the Holy spirit powerful worship and faith-filled teachings that draw them into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The activities are intentionally designed to foster community and programming encourages team building.
The camp programs that I create are a compliment to local church ministries by super-charging kid’s church and bolstering youth groups. Simply put . . . #campmatters
This year one of my favorite camps is celebrating 70 years of operation as the premier Foursquare Camp. It’s name is Camp Cedar Crest, located in Running Springs, CA. During those seven decades, tens of thousands of children and youth have received salvation, been filled with the Holy Spirit and called to ministry. If you want more information about camps happening this year at Cedar Crest visit

Who is Kelly?

Kelly Fellows —  April 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

My mom died 1 month after my 16th birthday. Needless to say, I was devastated. My privileged life seemed to come crashing down around me suddenly like the World Trade Center on 9/11. I wandered aimlessly the year after she died. I was looking for something to take away the loneliness and pain. After that year of emptiness, I decided that life wasn’t worth living.

The day I was going to “end it all,” was in May of 1985. As I sat in my living room, I contemplated what I was going to do. Through the tears and sorrow I noticed a small paper sitting on the coffee table in the middle of the room. I picked it up and read these words:

Dear Friend:
How are you? I just had to send you this letter to tell you how much I love you and care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. I waited all day, hoping that soon you would want me to walk along with you too.
As evening drew near, I painted you a sunset to close your day and whispered a cool breeze to refresh you, and I waited. You never came. Oh yes, it hurt Me, but I just kept on loving you.
As I watched you fall asleep last night, I longed to touch your brow. I spilled moonlight upon your face, trickling down your cheeks as so many tears have. Again I waited, but you did not even think of me. I wanted so much to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you.
The next day I exploded a brilliant sunrise into the glorious morning for you. But you awakened late and rushed off for the day. You didn’t even notice Me. My sky became cloudy and my tears were the rain. Oh, how I LOVE YOU!
Today you looked so sad and so alone. It makes my heart ache because I understand. My friends let Me down and hurt Me many times too. Oh, if you would only listen. I really LOVE you. I try to say it in the quiet wind as it whispers my love throughout the treetops and spills into the vivid colors of all the flowers. I shout it to you in the thunder of the great waterfalls, in mountain streams, and I compose love songs for the birds to sing for you.
I warm you with the clothing of my warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature’s sweet scent. My love for you is deeper than any ocean and greater than the biggest want or need you may have. If you’d only realize how much I really care.
We will spend eternity together in heaven. I know how hard it is on earth. I know because I was once there. I really want to help you.
My Father cares for you and wants to help you too. Fathers are just that way. So please, call on me soon. Just call Me, ask Me, talk to Me. It is your decision. I have chosen you. No matter how long it takes, I will wait forever because I LOVE YOU!
Your truest friend,

There on the bottom of the page was a scripture reference; Psalm 139:13-16. It reads:
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

That day, I cried out to God and gave Him my heart. Through the rubble of my emotional wreckage, rose the demonstration of God’s love – Jesus Christ.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT

 “Kelly Fellows embodies everything that makes Jesus smile:  Heart after God, heart after people, and unshakeable integrity!  Seldom do you find an individual in Christian leadership circles who is more the ‘full package’ – Kelly is one of those rare individuals.”
Jeanne Mayo: Youth Communicator & Coach
President of

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 “Kelly Fellows a one of a kind leader filled with passion, wisdom and a heart for God. I believe in him and his ministry. Rarely do we find a person who combines exceptional speaking skills with even more exceptional people skills. His ministry is a very important platform for this next generation in the Church.”
Jim Burns, PhD
President, HomeWord

One of a Kind

Vision of The Storm

Kelly Fellows —  December 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

stormI recently saw a picture of this generation. It could be called a vision:
The scene was a sandy beach facing west toward the Pacific Ocean.
The beach was packed with people all under the age of 25.
From babies through young adults. They were laughing and partying.
In my minds eye, I looked out over the ocean. Off in the distant horizon I
could see a storm building. No one on the beach was aware of the storm.
In my Spirit I was alarmed and wanted to yell and warn all those on the beach
about the coming storm. The storm continued to build into what appeared to be a hurricane with surging waves and tempest winds. As the storm made land the people were scattered, many were blown away. My vision then focused on one young man approximately  18 years old. He was standing poised as a warrior facing the oncoming storm. As he faced the ragging, violent squall – his hair and clothing were being blown back but he was not shaken. The beach was completely cleared.. The wind increased and as it did, even the sand began to be blown away. The young man was not moved. Even as the sand around his feet disappeared, he did not waver.  I looked at his feet and realized that as the sand was displaced it revealed that his feet were molded and imbedded into solid bedrock that looked like granite. He was able to stand strong because his feet were securely fixed not just on, but in the rock.

The Holy Spirit then gave me the interpretations of this vision and spoke two distinct scriptures:

Luke 6:46-49
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom
he is like:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the
foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently
against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth
without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and
immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord,  And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22 NKJV)

The young man represents this current emerging generation. The enemy has placed burdens, baggage, and bondage on them so heavy that it is crushing individuals, families and communities. Clearly, this generation will (and already does) face social, spiritual, and cultural storms like no other past generation.
This ragging, violent storm will victimize most. But the person who is firmly secured on The Rock will be able to stand.  The family that declares, like Joshua “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”, will raise a rock solid generation. The community that firmly embraces the Words of Christ will be a safe haven for the lost and broken in the midst of this furious storm. Jesus Christ (and His Word) is the solid rock that this generation needs. This is the hope for  these turbulent times. (Lk 6 & Mt 7)
The call for this generation is:
Come to Jesus – Hear His Word – Do what He says!

 “I’ve known Kelly for years, watching how his passion for Christ and his heart for teens merge, allowing for exciting outreach in ways that could (and should) be duplicated by others.”
Bob Waliszewski: Director, Plugged In
Focus on the Family


What’s NEXT?

Kelly Fellows —  January 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

NEXT_2013_960x225_r2NEXT is a conference where those who shape the next generation can converge to be inspired, encouraged and equipped. This inaugural “NEXT” conference is a response to a call from leaders who desire to gather and hear from current and relevant “shapers.”

  • Shaping: “To fashion, sculpt, carve, cut, whittle, develop, influence or DISCIPLE.”
  • Shaper: “The term used to describe an artisan and the process applied to creating a work of art from raw materials.”

In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 28, Jesus said, “go and make disciples of all nations…” Essentially He was saying be a “shaper.”

To inspire, encourage and equip those who have a heart for the next generation by bringing together shapers from various spheres of culture. Some of those spheres are; Church, Business, Education, Family and Entertainment. These influential shapers will share their best practices from their unique perspective.

The environment for NEXT is being intentionally designed as a creative and innovative space allowing for times to connect and collaborate with fellow “shapers.” Each session will involve a time of musical worship, interviews, quick-talks, artistic expression and spiritual impartation.

I invite you to join me as I pray for each attendee to leave with more than information, more than inspiration… I want them to leave with revelation of God’s heart and call for children, youth and young adults of the next generation.

NAME: “NEXT: A conference for those who shape the next generation”
WHO: Children, Youth & Young Adult Leaders (Include H.S. Student Leaders)
WHERE: Anaheim, California (Rock Forum)
WHEN: March 28-29, 2014

– $49 Student (Ages 16-24 years-old)
– $79 Early (On or before Feb 14, 2014)
– $99 Regular (After Feb 14, 2014)