oUr core values

Partner With The Holy Spirit

The Vineyard story is driven by the  reality that God eagerly desires us

to experience His presence, and  then to partner with Him in His work

of showing His love to the world.  We believe that the Holy Spirit

distributes gifts among us, enabling  us to encounter God’s presence

personally and corporately, and then  to minister to the world around us in

the power of the Spirit.

Because the Holy Spirit is active  among us as God’s people, and in

the world around us, our job as  Christians is to partner with the

Spirit, giving God permission to move  in our lives and gatherings. Allowing

the Spirit to lead in our lives and in  our churches is the first step toward

experiencing the promised fruits of  the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). 

As communities of the Spirit, we  are not simply implementing the

best church strategies, trying  to accomplish what is humanly

possible. Rather, our mission involves  praying and finding power from God

Himself to accomplish what humans  could never accomplish on their own. 

We pray for the sick, we confront  injustice, and we seek to hear the

voice of God on behalf of others.

Experience And Worship God

The kingdom of God is not a geopolitical  territory, nor is it the people

of God. Rather, the kingdom of God  is a dynamic realm. When one enters

the kingdom she/he experiences  the dynamic reality which exists

within the triune God – Father, Son,  and Holy Spirit. This means that the

experience of the kingdom of God  (and thus, the experience of God’s

presence) is central to our faith and  Christian life. 

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. So, 

experience-based worship is the  central activity of all that we do

in the Vineyard. It is worship that  causes all else that we do to become

an act of worship. We experience  God’s presence as a palpable reality

when we worship. As we worship, we  become increasingly sensitive and

responsive to the 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. 

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 believe that the Spirit distributes  His gifts to us, resulting in prophecy, 

prayer languages, healing, miracles,  and many other gifts as we joyfully

experience His presence.

We value an approach to God’s  presence that is respectful both of

God and of those we are with. We  eschew hype and other efforts to

manipulate either God’s presence  or the response of others to His

presence. We distinguish between  the Holy Spirit and the human

response which shares in all the  beauty and brokenness of our

humanity. We also believe that as  we experience His presence through

Christ by the Spirit we will be  made more fully human and better

reflections of the God-image that we  were created to be. 

Reconcile People With God And All  Creation

Jesus is reconciling humans to God,  to each other, and to the entire

creation, breaking down divisions  between Jew and Gentile, slave and

free, male and female. Therefore, we  are committed to becoming healing

communities engaged in the work of  reconciliation wherever sin and evil

hold sway.

We seek to be diverse communities of hope that realize the power of the

cross to reconcile what has been  separated by sin. This requires us to

move beyond our personal preferences  to engage those who are perceived

to be unlike us and to actively  break down barriers of race, culture, 

gender, social class, and ethnicity.

We are convinced that the church –  locally, nationally, and globally – is

meant to be a diverse community  precisely because Jesus is Lord over

every nation, tribe, and tongue. We  are not satisfied with the status quo

when it doesn’t reflect this kingdom  reality, but are eager to pray for the

coming of God’s kingdom here and  now and to realize this mark of the

kingdom in our midst.

Engage In Compassionate Ministry

We lean toward the lost, the poor,  the outcast, and the outsider with

the compassion of Jesus as sinners  whose only standing before God is

utterly dependent on the mercy of  God. This mercy can only be truly

received inasmuch as we are willing  to give it away. 

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

serving Jesus Himself. This is one of  the distinguishing characteristics of

a church expressing the love of Christ  in a local community. 

In all forms of ministry, compassion is a hallmark of the one who was

moved with compassion Himself in the face of human need. This being

the age of grace and “the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:19), compassion

should constitute the leading edge of  our service to God, each other, and a

broken world. As such, we seek to avoid  unauthorized judgments of others, realizing that we are all fellow sufferers and strugglers with

the rest of humanity. 

Pursue Culturally Relevant Mission In  The World

The church exists for the sake of those  who are exiled from God. We are called

to bring the Gospel of the kingdom  to every nook and cranny of creation, 

faithfully translating the message of  Jesus into language and forms that are

relevant to diverse peoples and cultures.

We seek to plant churches that are  culturally relevant in a wide variety of

settings locally and internationally.  Each Vineyard church is encouraged

to reach those in its community not  already reached by existing churches. 

To this end, we promote 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.