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Core Beliefs and Values

Association of Vineyard Churches (AVC)

The Vineyard Church of Houston is part of a community of churches (AVC) - a network of over 1,500 churches worldwide - committed to seeing each generation reached by the power of the Gospel. With a view to embrace integrity in Christian character, along with the activity of the Holy Spirit, each Vineyard church seeks to be an outpost of God’s compassionate love in a broken world. Although individual churches may differ in some of their perspectives and theology, they all share similar values and priorities concerning our relationship with God and the calling through which he has commissioned us.

Led in its earliest years by the late John Wimber, the Vineyard has become one of the most influential church movements of the 20th-21st centuries. As an extension of the church movement, Vineyard worship music has deeply impacted the experience of thousands of churches around the world.

From the beginning, Vineyard pastors and leaders have sought to hold in tension the biblical doctrines of the Christian faith with an ardent pursuit of the present day work of the Spirit of God. Maintaining that balance is never easy in the midst of rapid growth and renewal. With our core values at center, we seek to take our place in the Body of Christ, serving alongside those who truly desire to experience God.

If you are interested in more information, there are a number of books and DVDs available from Vineyard Resources that explore the history, events, issues and people who shaped the Vineyard in its first two decades. Vineyard Worship also continues to serve the 21st century church with intimate, accessible music of faith.

The AVC provides oversight for its churches and pastors through area pastoral coordinators and a national board of directors. While each Vineyard church is autonomous, AVC is there to provide care, communication, and connection with needed resources, training and accountability.

Resources for the Vineyard Movement

  • To learn more about the history and beliefs of the Vineyard, the following will be useful resources:
  • The Quest for the Radical Middle - Bill Jackson
  • Back to Our Roots - Carol Wimber
  • Empowered Evangelicals - Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson

Resources for the Vineyard Church of Houston

  • One Body, One Spirit: Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches - George Yancey
  • Divided by Faith - Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith
  • United by Faith - Michael O. Emerson, Curtis Paul DeYoung, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim
  • Naturally Supernatural - Gary Best
  • Breakthrough - Derek Morphew
  • Invitation to a Journey - Richard Mulholland

Position and Policies

  • Women in Ministry
  • Statement on Immigration
  • Thoughts on Immigration Reform
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • What is worship?
  • Why I believe in supernatural gifts of the Spirit