The Vineyard family of churches is a missionally-minded community, committed to carrying the words and works of Jesus into every arena of human life.
Joining the Father in what He is doing in the world, we have identified who we are, what we do, and where we are going as we take our place in the wider Body of the 21st century Church. The following three statements combine to communicate our purpose as Vineyard USA.
OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER
Who We Are
The Vineyard is a God-initiated global movement of churches (of which VUSA is a part) with the kingdom of God as its theological center. The Bible is our rule of faith and practice. Our desire is to know the Bible, do what it says, and experience the way of living it describes.
We embrace a full range of kingdom practices from proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, to healing and deliverance, to ministry with the poor. Vineyard churches embody a praxis that includes intimate worship, actively equipping ordinary people for ministry, responding to the initiative and leading of the Holy Spirit, and joining God’s mission in the world.
What We Do
In light of this, we believe that God has called VUSA to participate in the kingdom of God as it moves forward by:
• Providing pastoral care, vision, resources and oversight to help local Vineyard churches fulfill their God-given calling.
• Envisioning and motivating pastors and leaders to join God’s mission by multiplying churches both in the United States and around the world.
• Training and empowering current pastors to disciple, train and send future leaders.
Where We Are Going
We will know we have succeeded in our mission when we see thousands of churches with the Vineyard theology and practices multiplied around the world – led by pastors who are theologically, practically, and spiritually equipped to pursue their unique calling to “the greater glory of God and the well-being of people.”
God’s Mission Has Our Hearts
In Luke 4:18-21, Jesus begins to read in the synagogue words from the prophet Isaiah. He is announcing the inauguration of the kingdom of God, through Him, and sets the stage for God’s kingdom being within the reach of every man, woman, and child.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Like Jesus, we want to work with the Father in proclaiming the love and favor of God to every generation. Will you join us in this mission – to proclaim the Good News to a waiting world?
The Main & The Plain
Our experience of the Kingdom of God is rooted in the words and works of Jesus. We teach the Bible, and the main and the plain truths of the Kingdom.
The Already & The Not Yet
God’s Kingdom is here – it is already. It is also not fully here – it is not yet. That means we have a theology both for suffering, and for signs and wonders.
Come, Holy Spirit
We need a constant filling of the Holy Spirit, and this ancient prayer is an invitation for the Spirit to touch us again.
Everyone Gets To Play
We don’t have superstar leaders. Whether we’re praying for the sick or caring for the poor, we believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom.
Come As You Are, But Don’t Stay As You Are
You’ll be loved no matter what state you’re in when you come to the Vineyard. But we also believe that Jesus intends to change us, so we say “Yes.”
We avoid hype or emotional manipulation. We want to be naturally supernatural as we pray for healing, prophesy, or care for the broken.
Remember The Poor
We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus.
Join The Mission!
If you attend a Vineyard church, you’ll realize that you probably fit right in. God is at work in the world He loves (John 3:16), so join Him in what He’s doing!