A Vineyard Church Is A Christian Church
Vineyard churches are well within the boundaries of the definition of a Christian Church. In fact, we strive to stay within what we call the “radical middle” between legalism and liberalism, formalism and hyper-emotionalism.
A Vineyard Church Is An Evangelical Church
Vineyard churches are part of the National Association of Evangelicals. As such Vineyard churches believe in…..
- The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit
- The authority of the Bible.
- The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
- In a real and personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus.
- A literal heaven and a literal hell.
A Vineyard Church Is A Charismatic Church
Vineyard churches believe in the present day gifts and operations of the Holy Spirit. As such we seek and experience the miraculous power of God in the lives of ordinary people.
We place a strong emphasis on worship, praying for one another, and meeting the needs of others with the abundance of God.
A Vineyard Church Is An Autonomous Church
What that means is that each Vineyard church is self-governed. They have their own 501c3 designation. They have their own board of directors, and they own their own property. They have their own by-laws that govern the way they operate and they alone choose who is their pastor and who they will ordain.
A Vineyard Church Is An Associated Church
Even though each Vineyard Church is autonomous that does not mean they are not part of a larger body of churches. There is both wisdom and safety in the multitude of counselors.
Every Vineyard Church is part of the Association of Vineyard Churches. They provide support and guidance, fellowship and accountability to each church.
What Makes A Vineyard Church Unique?
The Vineyard Church believes that the primary message of Jesus was the coming of the Kingdom of God (the rule and reign of Jesus). When He died and subsequently resurrected from the dead, the Kingdom of God established a beachhead on this earth. We are currently living in the time between establishing that beachhead and the final culmination of the total rule and reign of Jesus yet to come. We call it the now and not yet. Everything we do flows from an understanding that we are called to continue to establish His rule and reign in the lives of individuals.
The Vineyard church has a value of seeking the radical middle. We have not always been perfect in finding that middle, but that is our goal. We stay away from legalistic approaches to Christianity, and liberal approaches as well. We are not formal in our culture or approach, and we are not interested in trying to hype God. We are the no-hype Charismatics.
The Vineyard church is not afraid to take time to wait for God to move. Times of meditation or quietness do not bother us. We also have a sweetness about our worship that is rarely found in other churches.