As the Vineyard has grown over the past 40+ years, certain distinctives of our movement have risen to the surface.
As a movement, we believe that all networks and associations of
churches have a part to play in the wider Body of Christ. The Vineyard
has some distinctives that define our personality in the wider Church,
and carry our unique way of doing life as Christians.
Listen below to hear our National Director share about these Distinctives
We avoid all hype or emotional manipulation. Going about our lives
naturally, we pray for healing and listen for God’s voice in all
come, holy spirit
This is our central prayer liturgy. As Carol Wimber used to tell us,
“There should never be a time in our gatherings together that we don’t
invite the Holy Spirit.” We all need a constant filling of the Holy
the already and the not yet
In the Bible, Jesus sometimes talks about the kingdom of God being here,
and within our reach. People are healed. Lives are transformed. Signs
and wonders occur. At other times, Jesus talks about the kingdom as a future reality,
as our hope beyond this life. In other words, sometimes people are not
healed in the present. Intractable social issues remain. Jobs are lost,
hunger continues, and suffering is real.
Our theology of the already and not yet of the
kingdom enables us to believe God for miracles, with a theology of the
miraculous, and to also trust God when pain is occurring, with a
theology of suffering. We believe that both are necessary for a healthy
come as you are, don't stay as you are
You’ll be loved no matter what state you are in when you come to the Vineyard. We believe that Jesus can love us all to health.
the main and plain
John Wimber would always look back to what the Scriptures say, right on
the page. We base everything we do on the “main and the plain” teaching
that Jesus gave.
everybody gets to play
We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom. We don’t have an
elite or superstar leaders – we are all commissioned – men and women,
children, of every background.