Classes

The desire of the apostle Paul is that everyone who trusts in Christ will be in a continual process of becoming more like Jesus in character and lifestyle. He expresses this passionately in Galatians 4:19, where he says that he is “in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” So, at the Vineyard we create opportunities for each person to grow in their life in Christ, with a view to being formed into his image in all dimensions of life. To that end, we have created a series of classes to provide you with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to help this growth take place. This series of classes are designed to give you a solid foundation in four crucial areas; God, his church, your identity, and healing. It is our desire that every adult and teenager at the Houston Vineyard complete these in order to have a similar language and shared experience to help one another grow.

The following offerings are considered our 5 core classes:

Vineyard 101 – Over lunch with the pastors, you will learn about the global Vineyard movement and our church’s history, values, mission, and vision. And hopefully we’ll get to know you too! This class is offered once a quarter and held after 2nd service in the Norhill Room on the 2nd floor. Childcare is offered with pre-registration. Click here to register for the next class.

An Integrated Approach to Healing - This workshop is vital to helping you know God’s heart for healing. You will get hands-on experience using the practical instruction you receive, helping you to partner with God to bring physical, emotional and spiritual healing to others. It will prepare you to listen to God, pray with confidence, and minister effectively through the power of Jesus Christ. Some of the topics that are covered include healing the body, healing past hurts, and demonization. This class is a requirement for anyone wishing to serve on prayer ministry teams and is offered once a year, usually on a Friday night and Saturday. Childcare is offered with pre-registration. Click here to register for the next class.

Living in a Multicultural World - The changing multicultural landscape of Houston, and our desire to be faithful witnesses, opens our eyes to a key message of Jesus Christ: reconciliation. Reconciliation between races, cultures, generations, and economic levels are needed now as much as any time in history. We realize this has deep implications for the church and our lives. At Vineyard Church of Houston, we have been intentional and purposeful in responding to that message, growing into a church that reflects the diversity of our urban center and communicates the message God values everyone. This workshop will give the biblical, missional and cultural rationales for our commitment to be a multicultural church and provide the opportunity to explore concepts and practices for relating and ministering better with people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This is a very interactive time featuring videos and lively discussions. This is usually a one day workshop offered once a year. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Biblical Metanarrative - The Biblical Metanarrative traces the storyline of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is the triumphant story of God ruling as king over his realm. He does so for his own glory in an all-out war with Satan and his rival kingdom of evil. This presentation is in is its selection of the stories that drive the narrative forward and the uncovering of the divine logic that connects those stories to make a sweeping whole, showing One God, One Plan, and One Story. This class is offered once a year in 7 Tuesday night sessions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Breakthrough - Jesus came preaching and demonstrating the Kingdom of God. So radical was this breakthrough, that human history is divided before Christ and after Christ. The theology of the Kingdom provides the best framework for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus, signs and wonders, healing, revivals, missions, and Christian life. This class is offered once a year in 12 Tuesday night sessions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

In addition to the core classes, we also offer the following:

Baptism Class - This class is offered once a quarter and is for adults interested in finding out what the Vineyard believes about baptism. Through our discussion, we will help you discover if baptism is the next step for you. Childcare is offered with pre-registration. Click here to register for the next class. If you are interested in your child being baptized, please contact Children’s Pastor, Jill Lively.

Faith Conversations - Faith Conversations is designed to help you learn how to communicate your faith in ongoing conversations and explain prayer or communication with God. Using the SEEK curriculum, each class includes a short presentation or DVD followed by group discussion over dessert and coffee.  This class is offered once a year in 12 Tuesday night sessions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Good Sense Financial Literacy - God offers us a grace-filled path in all areas of life, including finances, where he graciously provides for our needs and graciously forgives us when we fall short of good stewardship. This class will help move you towards biblical stewardship of God’s resources. This class is offered once a year in 12 Tuesday night sessions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Marriage Course - Using the ALPHA Marriage material, this marriage course helps couples grow closer and build a healthy relationship that will last a lifetime.This class is offered once a year in 12 Sunday evening sessions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Barnabas Coaching -  Barnabas Coaching trains you to come alongside others, helping and encouraging them use their gifts and find their calling. This class is held over 6 classes and is limited in size. Click here to register for our 2 day workshop (March 3-4, 2017). Childcare is offered with pre-registration. Email Harry Fritzenschaft to find out more about Barnabas Coaching.

Child Dedication Class - Although we do not baptize infants at Vineyard Church of Houston, we do give parents an opportunity to dedicate their children to the Lord on a Sunday morning. Prior to dedicating your children, parents attend the Child Dedication Class which provides an overview of our next generation ministry, a tour of the nursery and children’s departments, opportunities for service, prayer and a chance to visit with our Nursery Director (Veronica Moreno), Elementary Director (Kaylen Simpson) and Children’s Pastor Jill Lively). This class is offered twice a year, and childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Small Group Leader Training - If you have an idea for a Small Group or think you'd like to start one, this class is for you. This is offered twice a year and teaches you some of the ins and outs of Small Group leadership. This is a lively, interactive workshop that provides plenty of opportunity for questions. Childcare is offered with pre-registration.

Vineyard Institute - Vineyard Institute is an educational provider for the Vineyard movement that has been formed to develop leaders at all levels of church life through high quality theological training.If you are leading in a Vineyard church, or in the early stages of your leadership development, and interested in developing your theological, biblical and leadership theory/practical application, then Vineyard Institute is for you. Email Harry Fritzenschaft to find out more about Vineyard Institute or go to the website at http://vineyardinstitute.org/.


If you'd like more information before registering for any of these classes, please email David Gausepohl at david@houstonvineyard.org.