Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship celebrates 20 years

When one thinks of a slogan for a church, “Where Good Things Run Wild” might at first glance seem a bit unusual — unless you are familiar with Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship.

From their well-known and muscular ministries with students and their innovative worship services to their popular Corn Maze (on hiatus for this year) the imaginative sparks that fly from this community of faith located on the South Shore have made them a popular center of worship for locals and visitors alike, a news release states.

Founded 20 years ago by a group of Kaua‘i surfers who had big hearts for kids and those often left behind by typical churches, Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship has steadily grown into a large family of faith that touches people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life.

“Our DNA has always been about helping students discover a relationship with Christ” said Rick Bundschuh, one of the founding pastors. “And we are still deeply committed to being involved in the lives of kids, but we also have some terrific things going on with other age groups as well.”

Donna Mayo, who in addition to handling communication duties for the church has thriving Women’s groups on Friday and Saturday morning, said, “Our emphasis is helping women know the Word and their Savior so they will each feel confident in embracing the life designed just for them. My personal goal with these studies is that each woman feels like she has stepped into God’s living room to hear something deep and precious from Him.”

While they have a spacious building on six acres in Po‘ipu, the church leaders bristle gently at reference to their facilities as a “church,” the release states.

“The church is the people,” said Bundschuh, adding that the buildings are “more like our beehive.”

And like a beehive, the campus is often buzzing with the energy of people coming and going, the sound of rock music from bands practicing for Sunday morning, the clatter of skateboard wheels and the dull thud of small feet trampling around the upstairs playroom.

“We have seen some incredible things during our 20 year run,” said Bundschuh.

Christened the “2-0 Palooza,” the church is throwing a party complete with water slides, food and a concert headlined by the Duo Tones, a California-based guitar duo comprised of two of the original members of ‘60s surf bands, the release states.

The 2-0 Palooza takes place on Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. at Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship in Po‘ipu.

And joining the Duo Tones will be expats from Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship, the Las Vegas rock band Atlas Takes Aim and recording artist Jessica Penner.

The public is welcome.

For more info call the church at 742-9396 or visit www.kauaichristian.com.

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