What is the Vineyard? That really is an important question. What distinguishes us from other movements, other churches, other denominations? Why do we even exist? When asking that question, we are really addressing the issue of core values. What are those core values that define us? Below are links to videos detailing each of our core values. The Vineyard's Statement of Faith is included within the Core Values booklet.
We are a people of the Kingdom of God who…
- Partner with the Holy Spirit
- Experience and worship God
- Reconcile people with God and all creation
- Engage in compassionate ministry
- Pursue culturally relevant mission in the world
The Theology and Practice of the Kingdom of God
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Vineyard is committed to the theology and practice of the kingdom of God, rooted in the vision of the Hebrew prophets and fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. We have been commissioned to proclaim the good news of the kingdom bearing witness to the already and not yet of the kingdom in words and deeds.
Vineyard is a movement distinctively centered in a renewed understanding of the centrality of the kingdom of God in biblical thought. We view the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Bible.
From our beginnings Vineyard 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.
^ Taken from the "Vineyard Core Values" booklet.
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God is eager to be known and experienced by all. We believe that God is searching for lost humanity in order to draw us into intimate relationship with Himself. In response to God’s initiative, we value the life-changing power of the experience of His presence. The primary place where that relationship is nurtured and developed is in the act of worship – both private and corporate. We experience God’s presence as a palpable reality when we worship. As we worship we can do as Jesus did: “See what the Father is doing,” (John 5:19) and support His work with our lives.
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Culturally Relevant Mission
Reaching Each Generation
In the Vineyard we want to join on God on his mission in every corner of the earth. The Vineyard encourages a creative, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to ministry that is faithful to Jesus and expressive of His heart to reach those who are far away from God within each churches community.
The community of the Vineyard is intentional in the participation of God reconciling all things. The church is in a time where it is ideal to be a particpant in bringing peace. We want to be known as a community that brings people together, to restore the things that are broken, to bring unity in all areas. The apostle Paul commissioned the church with the ministry of reconciliation, and in the Vineyard we hold it at the center of our values.
Caring for the Broken
In the writings in about Jesus he was moved by compassion, and miracles followed. Vineyard USA writes: "In all forms of ministry, compassion is a hallmark of the One who was moved with compassion in the face of human need. This being the age of grace and “the year of the Lord’s favor,” compassion should constitute the leading edge of our service to God, each other, and a broken world."
Watch this video from Director Phil Strout on Compassionate Ministry.