Core Values

The metaphor KCN has used to understand The Core Values of our church is "scaffolding".  The following are the "scaffolding" that will support us in pursuing the vision God is unfolding for the Kona Coast.  As God leads us in "painting" a new future for the Kona Coast, these values will assure that we model and therefore make changes that align with the heart of God.  These values "prop up" all that we do. 

We are a people of PRAYER

God’s people have always been in communication with their Creator—through repentance, intercession, thanksgiving, worship, etc. The practice and language of this communication is prayer. As practiced by Jesus, as taught by Jesus, and as witnessed in the lives of his closest followers, prayer is a fundamental ingredient to a life of Christian faithfulness. Before all else, we are a people of prayer. (Exodus 32-33; John 17; John 11:1-13; Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

We are a people shaped by the WORD

The Word of God as recorded in Scripture is the story of God’s creation and redemption of the world. It is therefore a powerful story of who God is, how God’s people can be faithful (or not), and reason for hope in the future. It is in the Word that we witness the atonement by Jesus for humanity, and it is in the Word that we receive promise of grace. The Word is our story, and through it we received meaning for our lives. We are people shaped by the Word because we commit to reading it, studying it, meditating on it, proclaiming it, and retelling its story. (2 Timothy 4:1-5; Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 119:11; 2 Timothy 3:16)

We are a RESURRECTION people

The resurrection of Jesus Christ changed the course of history by conquering the power of death once and for all. Resurrection, offered the power of new life to the first Christians in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit still bears the power of this resurrection and offers it to us today, allowing us as the Body of Christ to live as witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus. We are a people of life who offer life in the midst of a dying world; we are a resurrection people. (Acts 1:21-22; Acts 3:11-16; Matthew 28:1-10; Phillipians 3:10-11; Acts 4:33)


Jesus’ final mandate recorded in the gospels is to baptize and make disciples of all nations. Again, Jesus’ one and only mandate recorded in Acts after his resurrection is to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. We are charged to be witnesses to the powerful truth that following the resurrected Jesus as Lord offers an objective alternative to the kingdom of darkness. Where people are lost, God’s church is called to witness. We are therefore charged to witness to the end of the earth but also in our own neighborhoods. We are all missionaries. (Acts 1:8; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Chronicles 16:23-24; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19)

We are a REVIVAL people

God desires to pour out the Spirit on God’s people. Throughout scripture God renews and revives worshipful intimacy. But this always begins with a burden for sin and humility by God’s people. God’s desire is not that we would “receive” a revival in the future, but instead, that we would turn back to faithfulness and be revived today. Fundamental to revival, then, is a hunger for God. The Church of the Nazarene was birthed out of the Holiness Revival at the beginning of the 20th century—it’s in our DNA. Today, we still hunger for intimacy with God and are burdened by our unfaithfulness. Therefore, we are a revival people hungering to know more deeply our reviving God. (Joel 2:28; Psalm 63; 1 John 4:1-3; Acts 2:1-13)

We are a people of COMPASSION

God's chosen people--Israel--legally mandated mercy and compassion toward the poor and suffering. Jesus was moved to compassion for those in need. The early church practiced compassion so that no one among them was in need. As representatives of God’s love, God’s people have always practices compassion (sharing in hardship). We extend the very hand of Jesus to our neighbors in need when we do so compassionately. When we stand with people through the valleys of life and offer hope that God's love prevails, we are faithful people of compassion. (Matthew 9:36; James 1:26-27; Isaiah 1:11-18; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 25)