We aren’t your typical church.
That’s the first thing you need to know about Kauai Christian Fellowship. We are very a funny mix of people who subscribe to the tenets of our ancient faith and the Bible as God’s Word, yet at the same time are constantly trying to rethink what it mean to be followers of Christ, the church in our day to day lives.
We are quick to admit that we don’t have all the answers but we know Who does.
We are a wild collection of characters that have come to faith in Jesus including a number with messy, complicated lives and even a few with squeaky-clean ones.
But our common denominator is the fact that we are incomplete souls in need of having our foul-ups forgiven by the One who paid for our sins on the cross.
We don’t mind it loud… or illustrated… or simplified.
There’s a place for you at KCF.
We care more about what sticks to you when you walk out the door than the quantity that was delivered and we will use all kinds of tricks to help God’s ideas attach to you.
We take ancient unchanging truths of the Bible and explain them in a way that is relevant to modern folks.
We put a lot of value on authenticity. None of us want to be posers and we readily admit that there are none of us worthy of calling ourselves a Christian or even a Christian leader except through the work of Christ on the cross.
We dig kids. Young ones, teens, we intentionally reach out to them and enfold them into the family of Christ.
Our History & Who We Are
In September of 1991 we held our first meeting in Koloa School and soon thereafter rented out space in Rainbow Plaza in Kalaheo where we met in cramped conditions until October of 2002 when we moved into our current new campus in Poipu.
Since our founding, Kauai Christian Fellowship has remained a non-denominational Christian church… but we happily hang out with believers of various Christian backgrounds.
Before our first meeting one of our team said “Let’s figure out who we are going to offend and offend them right off the bat!”
We all agreed as we figured it was better to show our colors and let those who enjoyed our style and emphasis jump in with us and those who wanted a church experience different than what we were offering to not waste time trying get us to “see the light”.
Part of our DNA is that we are a community that is comfortable with change. We don’t have to do it the same this week as last week.
If something doesn’t work we put it out of its misery rather than perpetuating a loser.
We are happy to mutate and try out new ideas as long as they are honoring to God and fit with our purpose and vision.
What makes us tick.
We get real fired up about the core of timeless Christian beliefs; like the things mentioned in the ancient creeds of the church. And of course we are deeply committed to the Bible as God’s revealed message to human beings.
We think that the church comes into the building to worship and be challenged or encouraged and then goes out to be the “church” at home, at work or in school.
We are real clear where the Bible is clear. We allow for fuzziness where the Bible is fuzzy. And we have nothing to say where the Bible is silent.
When we get together for worship gatherings or other community things we practice those things that are clearly taught or modeled in the Bible. And we avoid stuff that causes confusion, theological controversy or makes people think we are nutty. But you are free to do nutty stuff in the comfort of your own home…just don’t try to get disciples.
We try to form our Sunday gatherings to connect to our whole family of faith; those new in Christ, those who have been believers for years, the young, the old, the simple and those with an academic mindset. And we hope that things are put in such a way that those who are still wondering about a relationship with God will understand. You can expect to find teachings on most Sundays a blend of elementary and profound, Biblical yet not so theological as to be impractical in everyday life.
If you tell us you are a believer in Jesus we take you at your word and welcome you to be part of our fellowship. (So much for our membership policy) We figure that if you are clueless as to what a believer really is you will figure it out pretty soon by hanging out with us and become the genuine article. We aren’t looking for pretty or perfect people. We don’t mind helping you get your life untangled.
We are into kids and their families. Our ministries toward young people are a hallmark of Kauai Christian Fellowship. We take this responsibility very seriously. For example, we think it is a sin to bore a kid (or an adult for that matter) and so we do whatever it takes to keep our youth ministry and kids programs attractive and meaningful to each age level. We put lots of our time and resources into kids. We think it is worth it in the long run.
Small Groups are key to connecting at Kauai Christian Fellowship. As our church gets larger, it will be harder and harder to truly know people… unless we get into a small accountability group. We call these small groups “Base Camps” and they are springing up all the time.
We are evangelistic but we think it is the primary job of those in the church to lead others to Christ and not to rely on bringing them to a meeting where the job gets done for them. Therefore we seldom have altar calls or use other devices to bring people out of their seats for a response to the Gospel. We think a workbench in the garage or the kitchen table is a much better altar and ask all our people to be proactive in sharing their faith.