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Values


As a local Vineyard church we ascribe to the 5 Core Values of the Vineyard USA.  The following is an explanation of those 5 core values.  For more information on the Vineyard please feel free to visit the Vineyard USA.

Culturally Relevant Mission
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 in language and forms that are relevant to diverse peoples and
cultures.

The Vineyard seeks to plant churches that are culturally relevant in a wide variety of
settings, both 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 desire to reach those who are far away from God.

Reconciling Community
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.

We also seek to be diverse communities of hope that realize the power of the cross to
reconcile what has been separated by sin. This requires that we move beyond our
personal preferences and engage those whom we perceive to be unlike us. We must
actively work to 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. Instead, we pray eagerly for the coming of God’s kingdom here and now and
hope to see the reconciliation that is evidence that kingdom in our midst.

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 Jesusʼ 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 Lordʼs favor,” 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.

Kingdom Theology & Practice
The 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. The movement is distinctively rooted in a renewed understanding of the
centrality of the kingdom in biblical thought. We view the kingdom of God as the
overarching and integrating theme of the Bible.

From the beginning, the Vineyard has been committed to proclaiming the good news of
the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom
in our words and deeds–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 that emphasizes the ever-reforming nature of the church and
engages the world in love.

Experiencing God
The triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is eager to be known and experienced by
all. We believe that God is searching for the lost and longs to draw us into loving,
intimate relationship with him. In Vineyard churches, we welcome God’s personal
presence, we seek to be attentive to his presence, and we value the passionate pursuit
of his presence in order to respond in obedience to his initiatives.

We understand God’s presence as a palpable reality. As we become increasingly
sensitive and responsive to the Spirit’s presence, we too can learn to “see what the
Father is doing” and support his work with our lives.

We value an approach to God’s presence that is respectful both of God and others. 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
to the Holy Spirit, which shares in all the beauty and brokenness of our humanity.
These, then, are the core values that draw us together as a movement.  They are
different aspects of the treasure buried in the field that is the Vineyard. The treasure, of
course, is the kingdom of God embodied and brought forth by Jesus of Nazareth.

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