What is a Vineyard Church?
Our church is affiliated with the Vineyard Movement, “a community of churches that are proclaiming and practicing the full message and reality of the kingdom of God.”
If you like lots of theological terms, you can read this: What We Believe (Statement of Faith) It basically says we believe in Jesus. How we do that is best understood through our values and priorities.
We believe that God is searching for lost humanity in order to draw us into intimate relationship with Himself. We experience God’s presence as a palpable reality when we worship.The experience of God flowing out of a life of worship affects all aspects of our life so that all division between the secular and the sacred vanish. We become sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s presence so that we can do as Jesus did: “See what the Father is doing,” (John 5:19) and support His work with our lives.
“We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus, knowing we are sinners whose standing before God is utterly dependent on his mercy…We believe that ministry in Jesus’ name should be expressed in concrete ways through the local church. The poor are to be served as though we serve Jesus himself…With humility, we seek to avoid unauthorized judgments of others, realizing that we suffer and struggle along with the rest of humanity.”
“Jesus is reconciling people to God, to each other, and to the entire creation. He breaks down divisions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female. Therefore, Vineyard churches are committed to being communities of healing, engaged in the work of reconciliation wherever sin and evil hold sway.”
Jesus is uniting us together into a loving, peace-filled community where we are safe to be vulnerable and real. We are free to ask our questions, relate our struggles, and reveal our hurts. In doing so, we receive comfort, strength, and healing as God works through the prayers and compassion of others.
Culturally Relevant Mission
“We are called to bring the gospel of the kingdom to every nook and cranny of creation, faithfully translating the message of Jesus in language and forms that are relevant to diverse peoples and cultures.”
We believe all of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is working everywhere all the time. Jesus commands us to love our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and witness God at work in their lives.
Kingdom Theology and Practice
“From our beginnings the Vineyard movement has been committed to the proclamation of the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the deeds of the kingdom through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and delivering those held captive by evil. Since the kingdom of God is the future reign of God breaking into the present through the life and ministry of Jesus, we are a forward-leaning movement emphasizing the ever-reforming nature of the church engaging the world in love.” We want frequent encounters of God’s reality to transform each of us, our church, our city, and the world.
- Teaching the Bible: We are committed to studying and applying the whole Bible.
- Worship:We draw near to God in a personal and intimate way.
- Ministry to the Poor: We want to be an extension of God’s compassion, helping those in need in practical ways.
- Evangelism: Jesus loves us and invites us into a close relationship with him. We want to share Jesus’ invitation with others in the course of everyday life.
- Small Groups: We believe relationships are basic to what it means to be a Christian. In small groups, we grow deeper in community.
- Service: Through service, we become healthy followers of Jesus who bring healing to others.
- Prayer Ministry: We take time to pray for and with each other, asking God to minister healing and do what He wants in our lives.
- Leadership Development: We want to train leaders and prepare them for effectiveness in fulfilling God’s calling.
Quotes above are taken from Ken Wilson and the Core Values and Beliefs pamphlet available at vineyardusa.org