Pursuing Christ, His Church and His Cause.
Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland exists to participate in the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the work of local Vineyard churches that communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and practise. We often summarise this mission as: Preach the Gospel, Plant (and develop) Churches, Change the World.
Preach the Gospel
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20. NIV Translation)
In all that we do, we look to the example of Jesus who fulfilled his ministry in both word and deed; things he said and things he did.
Matthew 4:23-25 says: ‘Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.’
We would describe this as ‘word and works’, one without the other is incomplete. Jesus proclaimed the word of the Lord and did the deeds of the Lord.
One of our highest values in the Vineyard is that each person does their own part in Kingdom work. We preach the gospel, pray for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and do all of this in a Naturally Supernatural way.
These are all acts of service, and is simply the local church at work. Our persistent goal is to see what God is doing and then join in. As Jesus said ‘the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’ (John 5:19. NIV).
The mission of the church is the continuation of the ministry of Jesus; so we actively train and equip people to preach the gospel and to feed the hungry, pray for the sick and to do all that we saw Jesus do in the Bible.
We’ve always felt, and believed, that who our country needs, more than anything else, is Jesus, and that Church Planting is the best form of evangelism.
So, having preached the gospel and led people to Jesus, and in order to disciple them, the best way to do that is through churches. Through both developing existing churches and at the same time, alongside that, planting new churches.
This was our original calling and is something that we will continue doing, nationally and internationally, in our culture and other cultures.
We’ll plant churches and be missional in our attitude and activity.
So as a movement, we aim to build the Kingdom of God by sending trained people to plant churches in the UK, Ireland and around the world. We are committed to the practice of planting new Vineyard churches that will share Vineyard values, convictions, priorities, practices and standards.
When the Vineyard started we knew that planting churches was not a new thing, instead we simply set out to do an old thing in a contemporary way: train people to continue the Kingdom ministry of Jesus.
Kingdom ministry is best summed up in Luke 4:13 as Jesus’ mission:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.’
Change the World
In John 14:12 Jesus said ‘If you have faith in Me, you will do the same things that I am doing.”(CEV)
In the Vineyard we often read John 14:12 like this: ‘I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do “the stuff” that I have been doing. He will do even greater “stuff” than these because I am going to the Father.’ From this came our popular phrase and practice ‘Doin’ the Stuff’.
Our understanding of the application of the words of Jesus’ from John 14, are that we should be able to minister (to do the stuff) like Jesus did. This covers preaching the gospel, praying for (and seeing God heal) the sick and taking care of those in need.
Vineyard churches have a firm belief that ‘Everybody gets to play’, by which we mean that the whole body of Christ (the church) should find their place and get working.
This involves locally, nationally and internationally; we believe that we have a role to play in changing the world, both through direct ministry and through example.
‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’ – John Wesley
We strongly value unity. We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honouring all who call on Jesus’ name and by seeking reconciliation with all parts of the Church. The role of the Vineyard is just one role and the body of Christ has many roles, so where we have a role to play we will, but we do not see the Vineyard as better or more special than any other Denomination or Movement of churches.