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Our Values

These are the five core values that make Vineyard unique and guide our mission and practices:

Kingdom Theology & Practice
The Vineyard is committed to the theology and practice of the kingdom of God—rooted in the vision of the Hebrew prophets and fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. We view the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Bible. We are committed to proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom in our words and deeds—through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and delivering those held captive by evil.

Culturally Relevant Mission
The church exists for the sake of those who are exiled from God. We are called to bring the gospel of the kingdom to every nook and cranny of creation, faithfully translating the message of Jesus in language and forms that are relevant to diverse peoples and cultures. We seek to plant churches that are culturally relevant in a wide variety of settings, both locally and internationally.

Compassionate Ministry
We believe that ministry in Jesus’ name should be expressed in concrete ways through the local church. Thus, we lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus. We know that as sinners, our ability to stand before God is utterly dependent on his mercy. In light of this, we desire to be a place that is extravagant in how we extend mercy to others.

Reconciling Community
We seek to be a community of hope that realizes the power of the cross to reconcile what has been separated by sin. This requires that we move beyond our personal preferences and engage those whom we perceive to be unlike us. We must actively work to break down barriers of race, culture, gender, social class, and ethnicity.

We are convinced that the church—locally, nationally, and globally—is meant to be a diverse community precisely because Jesus is Lord over every nation, tribe, and tongue. We are not satisfied with the status quo when it doesn’t reflect this kingdom reality. Instead, we pray eagerly for the coming of God’s kingdom here and now and hope to see the reconciliation that is evidence of the kingdom in our midst.

Experiencing God
The triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is eager to be known and experienced by all. We believe that God is searching for the lost and longs to draw us into loving, intimate relationship with him. In Vineyard churches, we welcome God’s personal presence, we seek to be attentive to his presence, and we value the passionate pursuit of his presence in order to respond in obedience to his initiatives.