Arriving in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, NAMB church planter Jay Parks knew building relationships was vital to building New Life Church. When his son got involved in soccer, Jay attended practices and games, looking to “plug in where families already were,” he says. He soon began coaching, and after a year-and-a-half, he has met many families through it.
Jay and his wife April also committed to engage two families a week by inviting them to dinner, hosting over 100 families so far.
“This shifts a focus from just inviting them to church to simply trying to get to know them,” he affirms.
The soccer field and the Parks’ dinner table have brought many into the fledgling congregation. “Building relationships is so important when trying to reach people with the gospel,” Jay emphasizes.
(You can read more about the Parks’ story at www.newlifekona.com.)
By Ann Maniscalco