The Story of Aloha Church.
Since man's first days on Earth, God has moved in the hearts of people willing to listen and obey His call. He has always moved through imperfect people to do His perfect will. It’s the narrative of the Bible. Since the first disciples went out to make more disciples and start “churches", God’s Church has exploded across the globe. This is the God story that we get to participate in; God’s eternal plan for the world. Fast forward to 2018, where, in San Diego, God's story began to include Aloha Church.
Aloha Church was birthed in the hearts of Pastors Dru and Trish Teves. In December of 2015, after two decades of full time ministry, they heard the Lord calling them into a new season of faith. Not knowing what it was, they knew it was time to step out of the ministry they had been leading for 15 years at Rock Church San Diego. After months of rest and prayer, they were led to help a small church plant in downtown San Diego, called Soul Church, where they learned about church planting. God began to stir up a call to church plant in San Diego.
After a weekend of silence and prayer, the Teves' clearly heard the Lord telling them to start Aloha Church and that it would be a unique expression of faith. In perfect timing, God brought a team together of like minded people and gave them more vision. After eight months of preparation, public services were launched at Mission Bay High on September 23, 2018.
Since then, Aloha Church has served 16,200 free meals, accrued over $84,000 in Random Acts of Aloha to the city and world, we’ve helped plant two churches - in an effort to one day plant churches of our own, we’ve been called the friendliest church in San Diego, installed 160 water filters in Palmarcito Beach, El Salvador, and survived a worldwide pandemic as a one year old church.
Not only that, Aloha Church has even been featured in a magazine, a book, and multiple blogs for our Random Acts of Aloha and our Stay A While approach. It’s this community building approach that inspires other churches and organizations to cultivate a place for people to have conversations, build friendships and experience joy.
A: Actions > Words
Talk is cheap. Our actions afford us credibility to make a greater impact in the world around us. Jesus demonstrated His love for us, not by "wanting to help", but by actually helping - dying on the cross for us. 1 John 3:18, James 2:17
L: Love > Legalism:
Love is centered around what Jesus did. Legalism is about what we do. We attempt to love people in grace and truth and we don’t separate those two. Everything we do should be motivated by love. Legalism is the addiction to religious systems. Moralism fills us up with self righteousness or exhaustion. The world doesn't need more fixing, it needs forgiveness. John 14:15, John 1:3, John 19:30
O: Others > Ourselves
This is not a “me” thing. This is a “we” thing. We are free in Christ to put the needs of others over ourselves. Learning to care for the needs of those around us helps put to death our selfish inward movites. Matthew 16:25, Colossians 1:18