Pastor Dan Preciado and his leadership team at Kailua Assembly of God in Kailua, Hawaii, participated in the Acts 2 Journey (A2J) in 2017. Four years later, they took a look at the impact that the Journey had on their church family.
“Our leadership team was a little apprehensive at first when we began the Acts 2 Journey,” associate pastor Renee Lo says. “It’s always difficult to make adjustments and point out the changes necessary for your church to grow not only numerically, but also spiritually.”
A few months ago in 2021 during a staff meeting at the church, Renee brought their attention to the Acts 2 Journey information binder setting on a shelf. Curious whether Kailua Assembly had achieved the goals they had set forth during the A2J four years earlier, the staff decided to revisit that information and evaluate the church’s progress.
They checked their recent church brochure and saw that it reflected the core values and vision the leadership team and church had formulated during the Acts 2 Journey. Today, Kailua Assembly continues to reap the fruit of the prayers the leadership and congregation prayed and the work they did during the Journey.
“The Acts 2 Journey was amazing,” Renee says. She lists a few ways the church has grown numerically, spiritually, and relationally:
Love God-Love People-Share the Word is the mission statement for Kailua Assembly’s multiethnic, multigenerational and multicultural congregation. Some of their areas of outreach in addition to Women’s Ministries, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers, and Youth and Children’s Ministries include:
1) The church reaches out to the local high school and Pastor Dan Preciado serves as the golf coach; 2) Men’s Ministries is growing and ministering to residents of a men’s home that is similar to Teen Challenge; and 3) church members minister to military families and host activities for them at the church and on the military base.
Kailua Assembly of God supports at least 27 missionaries and missions groups, and for the past four years the church has been first in their district (Hawaii Assemblies of God) in giving to Assemblies of God World Missions.
“If your church needs new vision or revitalization in one or more areas, we recommend you consider participating in the Acts 2 Journey,” Renee says. “It’s one thing to talk about making adjustments, but having a comprehensive plan for action, like the A2J one-year process provides, is crucial to defining your church’s purpose and seeing the fruit of your vision.”
Dan and Jan Preciado accepted their first senior pastorate at Kailua Assembly in 2013, after serving at churches in California. Renee Lo serves as associate pastor at Kailua Assembly. Her husband, Alex, serves on the board and with other ministries in the church. Both were born and raised in Hawaii.
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