The Vineyard Movement is rooted in the charismatic renewal and historic evangelicalism. Instead of the mainstream charismatic label, however, Vineyard prefers the term 'Empowered Evangelicals'.
The name Vineyard is based on the Bible passage Isaiah 27:2-3
There are now more than 1,500 Vineyard Churches around the world, including over 100 in the UK and Ireland.
Vineyard Churches has some distinctives that define our personality in the wider Church, and carry our unique way of doing life as Christians. They are the things that might stand out to you if you were visiting a Vineyard church for the first time.
The Main and the Plain
We base everything we do on the ‘main and the plain’ teaching that Jesus gave. We refer to what the Scriptures say as the basis for all our doctrine and practice.
The Now and Not Yet
Our theology and practice of the Kingdom makes it so we can acknowledge both miracles and suffering. We pray for people and sometimes they are healed and sometimes they are not.
Come, Holy Spirit
This is our central prayer liturgy. We all need a constant filling of the Holy Sprit. In the Vineyard we believe the Holy Spirit is available to us all the time to renew, refresh and restore.
Worshipers of God and Rescuers of Men and Women
We are given to express worship and compassion in every part of our lives. This is our expression of loving God and loving our neighbours. Compassion is a natural overflow of our worship to God.
Everyone gets to play
We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom. We are all commissioned – men and women, children, of every age, race and background, to join God in His restoring work; ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Come as you are – but don't stay as you are
You are loved no matter what state you are in when you come to the Vineyard. We believe that Jesus can love us all to health and wholeness.
We avoid all hype or emotional manipulation. Going about our lives naturally, we pray and listen for God’s voice in all circumstances.
Equipping the saints
We will continually invest ourselves in training and equipping God’s people to do what Jesus did, equipping the saints for ministry. (Ephesians 4:12) All of us are called to do our bit in the kingdom.
Plant Churches who plant churches
The very nature of the Gospel and the Church leads to reproduce kingdom outposts in the world – the planting of new churches. New churches attract new people and new converts.