VISION / MISSION
Our Mission and Purpose:
Loving God - Loving People - impacting the world
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
“To be a place where Jesus and His friends want to hang out”
In the scripture, “Jesus is called a friend of sinners”.
We want to be a place where the unsaved and unchurched want to be.
How do we live out this mission?
Worship: Corporately and Individually
Our highest priority is to worship God. The Father seeks those that will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)
Preaching the Word
As part of worship on Sundays we have the preaching of the word. This isn’t just for the purpose of gathering
knowledge but is to point us the God. (1 Timothy 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:2)
Prayer in its simplest definition is “talking with God”. Through prayer we can draw
boldly with confidence to the throne of God. (Hebrews 4:16)
Seeking God in His Word
We are not only to study the Word for doctrine, knowledge, and truth but our primary purpose in reading the Word is to meet God. The Word is a living book. We can meet and hear God in it. (1 Peter 1:23: Hebrews 4:12)
We desire that each of us has a personal encounter with the Living God. (1 Corinthians 2:2-5)
Intimacy with God
Many times in the life of Jesus, He would draw away to spend time with His Father. It is in our devotional times (quiet time) with God that we are able to hear from Him, to experience His touch and love for us.
Preaching and Teaching
It is through the preaching and teaching of the word that we can grow in our
walk with God and our love for others. Discipleship, teaching, training and inspiration can all come from the
preaching of the word. (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:1-10)
Jesus set the pattern that disciples do mission together, in teams. It is in our mission together that we
can grow in relationships and love for one another. (Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1)
Our HUB small groups generally meet in homes. It is in these small groups that we
are able to do the “one another’s” of scripture. (Acts 2:42-47)
We strongly believe in eating and hanging out together. Part of church life is fellowshipping
outside of the doors of the church building. (Acts 2:42)
Equipping the Saints
Jesus is the head of this church. Through the power of the Spirit, we desire to equip the saints for the work of His ministry.
This is done through discipleship, mentoring, and various training classes. This also includes equipping
the future church (our younger parts of the body) (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Walking in our spiritual gifting’s
Our desire is to train our members in how to walk in the spiritual gifts.
(Romans 12:5-8; 1Corinthians 12)
The attitude of Christ was to stoop and serve; that is a chief attribute we seek to foster in our leadership. (Philippians 2:5-11)
Taking a “risk” (faith)
Spiritual growth often happens through “trial and error,” trusting in God’s provision and direction,
avoiding the fear of failure in stepping in to ministry. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Be a multi-cultural and multi-generational church
We strongly desire to be both a multi-cultural and multi-generational church. We desire to show our love to all people.
IMPACTING THE WORLD:
Reaching the Unsaved and Unchurched
Ministering (serving) in the power of the Holy Spirit to reach the unsaved and unchurched with the Gospel is our hearts’ desire. It is the common “commission” all Believers share, and the value that helps to shape every ministry here at the Vineyard. (Matthew 28:16-20)
“Doin the Stuff”
“Doin the Stuff” is a Vineyard colloquialism. It means doing the works of Jesus. Healing the sick, casting out demons,
giving sight to the blind, and setting the captives free. (Luke 4:18-19)
We strive to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ in ways that our post-modern culture will understand. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
In view of God’s rich mercy, we seek practical ways to love others with His mercy, compassion and acts of kindness. (Matthew 21:31-46)
We want more of God, and less of the things that distract us from Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
Just as the “first church” was extravagant in it’s giving, we seek ways to be extravagant in giving to
meet the needs of the poor in our midst. (Acts 4:32-35)