Vineyard Churches all have a common DNA. Things that make us "us". If you hang around you will recognise these beliefs.
Jesus gives us our aim and focus. He organises us, and holds us together. We want to be like Jesus. We desire that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' love and power would shine through all that we are and do.
The Bible is our final and absolute authority. We want to hear the Bible taught in a practical, inspiring and relevant way. We aim to hear and obey God's word to us.
We seek to move in the power of the Holy Spirit, ministering through His gifts, and seeing God heal and perform miracles. The Kingdom of God is the dynamic rule or rule of God.
We live in an imperfect world but we do still, in part, experience Jesus' rule and reign of His Kingdom here on earth.
We desire to worship God with our whole being. We want Jesus to be at the centre of our lives as our Lord and Saviour. We want to worship in a style that is intimate, dynamic, culture-current and life changing.
By worship we mean living in such a way as to bring glory to God. Worship is more than just singing songs; worship should be seen in our daily lives- the way we deal with other people, clients and so on.
The Vineyard is known for its contemporary worship music style and within the Vineyard there are 5 main values that underpin our approach to worship. These values and Intimacy, Integrity, Accessibility, Passion and Expectancy.
Worship leads to the presence of Jesus and He, by His Holy Spirit, brings compassion. Compassion is not just a feeling; it leads to action!
We expect God to make us a compassionate church and we expect to spend money, time and energy expressing it not just to each other but also outward to our community and beyond.
We value the local church in all its expressions. In the Vineyard we believe that our churches have four key facets.
Army: To be mobilised together in doing ministry instead of being consumer and spectators- helping others, giving and bringing good news to our neighbourhood.
School: A place to learn and grow in our faith and be equipped.
Hospital: A place to receive healing, and recover from the pain and brokenness of life.
Community: A place to practise and experience community and connection with others that builds deep friendships and support groups.
As a movement, we aim to build the kingdom of God by sending trained people to plant churches in the UK, Ireland and around the world. We are committed to the practice of planting new Vineyard churches that will share Vineyard values, convictions, priorities and practices.
Training and equipping
We believe that all Christians should be trained to "do the works of Christ". We can be even better at everything we do! We are committed to apprenticing leaders and giving hands-on learning experiences from making tea and coffee at our Sunday Services, to leading a small group or one of our courses. When people are trained, we continue to follow up with them to support and encourage.