The DNA of Ke Aha
The Presense of God
We value God’s presence. This is the most valuable thing we have. Almost everyone has a theology of God's presence, but we want to not just understand His presence but to experience it whenever we gather.
Moses pleaded with God,"What will distinguish your people from all the other people on earth if You are not present with us?" (see Exodus 33: 14 - 17)
Worship is dramatically linked to the presence of God. Worship is our response to His presence. Both collectively and personally, it is those who worship Him who have the strength to stay with Him for life.
Consider Mary, who poured herself at Jesus' feet with tears and oil, drying his feet with her hair: she followed him all the way to the cross. (see John's gospel, chapters 12 & 19)
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
There is a powerful and huge distinction between the "gospel of salvation" and the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is calling us to do more than NOT SIN.
He’s calling us to WHOLLY new way to live as the people of God. True, salvation is included in this gospel, but it is so much more. It's a new way to live, not something new to believe. (see Matt. 6:33)
Equipping People & Making Disciples
Jesus issued this challenge: "Come, follow me." His modeled ministry for us by teaching his disciples how to obey the Father and then turning them loose to do so.
Doing church is all about "equipping believers to do the work of the ministry." (see Ephesians 4: 11-13)
Ke Aha Vineyard is part of the Association of Vineyard Churches, USA, a growing community of churches 650 strong in the U.S. and another 600 churches internationally. You can check out the Vineyard movement at www.vineyardusa.org.
In August of 2000, Ke Aha Vineyard welcomed all comers to a garage. White plastic chairs and a tiny garage housed the first 12 people who gathered there. Five locations, five cycles and 13 years later we are gathering people who love to hang out together, eat together, talk-story together, worship God together, support and encourage one another. Kahului, Maui is a former plantation community that has been transformed into a resort and hospitality community, so our congregation is a diverse ethnic assembly of Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Tongan, Samoan, Marshallese, Scot, Irish, German, other Pacific Islanders,
mainlanders and international visitors, and just about any mix of the above you can think of. Maui houses a junior college, so our congregation at this time is an assembly of young adults, most of whom are first generation believers who have grown up in the church.
What is Ke Aha all about? Christian writer and theologian Henri Nouwen once defined ministry as, “One person following Jesus and inviting others to come along.” Another less known theologian and pastor, Leopold Waiau I stated it a more humble way, “It’s one beggar telling another beggar, where the food is at!” Ke Aha takes a family approach toward in walking out a personal relationship with Jesus. Ke Aha takes a tribal approach in working out its place as a place of refuge and healing. Ke Aha takes a communal approach as an agent of kingdom change in the island community. We take both and individual and collective approach in going about following Jesus closer, nearer and dearer.