HEAR IT FROM OUR LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY………………
Do have a look at the following Vineyard UK & Ireland video. It not only shows some of the history of the Vineyard in the UK but also what is the real heart of the Vineyard. Click on the “expand” button to view in “full screen”.
When the Portsmouth Vineyard started meeting again in 2011 the leaders strongly felt that God gave them this passage from Isaiah 61:1-4 (in the Old Testament part of the Bible) as the blueprint for the church here:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
John Wimber, the founder of Vineyard Churches internationally, said “You don’t join Vineyard, you discover that you are Vineyard“.
John Wimber defined the genetic code or “DNA” of the Vineyard as being the following:
- The Bible is central to our teaching, faith and life. This has to do with simple life-oriented teaching and Biblical exposition.
- Worship has to be our highest priority – not just singing, but not less than that. It has to do with regular corporate worship that is personal, intimate and non-manipulative.
- Small groups are the basic structure of the Church; the place of belonging, relationships, self-disclosure, growth, discipleship and practice of ministry.
- Spiritual gifts are in every believer – they are to be identified, evoked and exercised for the common good. We must be more gift-based than organisational-based.
- Training is fundamental to our being Church – to equip people for spiritual work and life itself.
- Signs and wonders are a normal and regular part of Church life – to practise the ministry of compassion and power in healing the sick and those feeling broken and doing the supernatural works of God.
- Caring for the poor is very important to God and to the Vineyard – we aim to always be in touch with those in need and helping to feed, clothe, help and serve them.
- Outreach is normal for every believer – to bring others to know Jesus Christ through friendships, His healing power and other ways of reaching out. Real church growth means reaching out into the world.
- Other Churches must be loved, respected and worked with, because we are part of Jesus Christ. We must seek to have good relationships with the broader Church.
- Church planting and mission are at the heart of the Vineyard calling. Every church must have a vision to grow and multiply and to touch other parts of the world. John Wimber always said that the best form of outreach is planting a new church.