Our Mission:

Reach the lost, Disciple the found, Model the Kingdom


Kona Church of the Nazarene is committed to REACHING THE LOST. In the heart of God, and in the spirit of the Great Commission, offering the Good News to the lost and downcast is fundamental to everything that KCN does. Given the contemporary challenges of ministry and the unique nature of ministry on the Big Island, reaching the lost should be specific to (and therefore strategically unique to) each distinct cultural context. Cultural relevance of the Gospel is the forte of missionaries; solidarity with the downcast is central to pastoral ministry: the most effective evangelistic tool, then, is to equip missionary-pastors to embody and proclaim the Good News in each unique mission field. (Matthew 8:12-14; Luke 15; Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10)


Discipleship is the life to which Jesus called his followers and the end to which he sent them before he left. KCN is committed to DISCIPLING THE FOUND, the process of learning about and growing in obedience to the will of God. Further, discipleship offers a genuinely alternative future because discipleship is transformation, transformation into the likeness of Christ. KCN commits to discipling in the way of Jesus—focusing on transformation in the Kingdom of God. KCN will disciple toward transformation of individuals and communities; KCN commits to discipling kingdom-focused disciples to multiply disciples and positively influence their community. (Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 12:1-2; Mark 1:14-20)


The Kingdom of God is at hand and has characteristics that contrast the world. As Christ’s Body, KCN is committed to MODELING THE KINGDOM by demonstrating these kingdom characteristics and preparing leaders to do the same. But faithful leaders are not born; they’re taught. Current and future local leaders must be offered resources and support to become change-agents for their own communities. This begins with a sensitivity to and understanding of the unique needs in different communities and is accomplished ultimately through training and empowering local leaders to meet those needs in sustainable ways. KCN, with a commitment to seeing the Kingdom exhibited and God’s reign experienced, will prepare faithful local leaders to manifest the Kingdom in their communities. (Matthew 5-7Matthew 6:33; 1 Peter 2:9; John 17:15-18Matthew 13Mark 1:15)