At the JCBA 93rd Annual Meeting on October 11, 2016, messengers unanimously approved this recommendation to partner with New Life Church, Kona, HI. A trip is being planned for July 21-29, 2017.

Recommendation to Partner with New Life Church, Kona, HI

Whereas, Jay and April Parks have sacrificially accepted the call to serve as church planters through the North American Mission Board in Kona, Hawaii (HI);

Whereas, the city of Kona, HI has a population of 25,000 and currently less than 8% of these individuals attend an evangelical church.

Whereas, the Missions Mobilization Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention has established a state partnership with New Life Church and leaders from our association have met with Jay Parks and concluded the church plant is worthy of support.

Be it RESOLVED that we, the messengers, of Jackson County Baptist Association do solemnly and joyfully partner with New Life Church for three years from the date of the approval. This commitment will involve the following:

  • To prayerfully provide financial support to assist with the planting of New Life Church, a congregation of like doctrine and practice, by giving a total of $12,000 from the general budget (Line Item #403) over the next three (3) years.
  • To prayerfully consider supporting at least one annual associational mission trip to assist New Life Church in strategic outreach endeavors in their community.
  • To prayerfully seek other ways we can be involved in assisting New Life Church reach their city for Christ.

We anticipate that Pastor Jay Parks will provide periodic updates on their ministry, including progress, needs, and prayer requests.

We further resolve to personally and corporately pray for Jay and April Parks, New Life Church, and the people of Kona, HI.    

July 22-29, 2017, a team from the Jackson County Baptist Association will be traveling to Kona, Hawaii to assist Church Planter Jay Parks in reaching his community. Plans are to offer sports camps, hold outreach services, and survey the area. Since the area has a significant Hispanic population, some of the team members are from the primarily Hispanic congregation in Jackson County. We are prepared to offer any assistance needed to support the New Life congregation.