Faith & Values
Vineyard Church of Elgin is part of a church family known as Vineyard USA. Congregations in the Vineyard are autonomous; while there may be wide variety in worship, ministry, and any number of other things, we also share much in common due to our common heritage. Our values and distinctives are what unite us with the 600+ other Vineyard churches across the country and the 2500 around the world. The Vineyard has been called one of the fastest growing church movements of our time.
Often using the term “empowered Evangelicals,” the Vineyard seeks to blend the best of Evangelical traditions (a focus on Christ-like character and a deep regard for the Scriptures) with the best of Pentecostal/Charismatic traditions (welcoming the empowering of the Holy Spirit). We like to say that we are the “radical middle.” We stand on the Word of God, and we stand on the conviction that all the biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit are active today.
What We Believe
The Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
In the Vineyard, every community of faith has two primary obligations: absolute faithfulness to the Word of God and sensitivity to the world in which we live. This means we express the biblical beliefs we hold in common with all Christians, as well as the particular doctrines that are our distinctive voice, in terms that are relevant in the 21st century.
The Vineyard USA Statement of Faith is based on the conviction that the kingdom of God is the central theological motif that gives definition to all that we believe.
Five Core Values
In the Scriptures, we see Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme. Vineyard’s kingdom theology embraces five core values:
Partnering with the Holy Spirit by asking Him to accomplish what we as humans never could on our own.
We pray for the sick, confront injustice and seek to hear the voice of God on behalf of others—partnering with a Person beyond ourselves.
Experiencing and worshiping God
Experiencing God’s presence is central to our faith and life. When we lift our voices and bow our hearts, we expect to experience God’s presence as a palpable reality. There are many ways to worship, but singing is vital to the Vineyard.
Reconciling people with God and all creation
We are committed to carrying out Jesus’ work of reconciliation by becoming a healing community. We seek to break down divisions between people—men and women, rich and poor, different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds—and we encourage diversity, allowing the power of the cross to reconcile what has been separated by sin.
Engaging in compassionate ministry
We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus, as sinners whose only standing before God is utterly dependent on the mercy of God. We seek to serve the poor as though serving Jesus Himself.
Pursuing culturally relevant mission in the world
We are called to bring the Gospel of the kingdom to every part of creation, faithfully translating the message into language and forms that are relevant to diverse cultures. To this end, we promote a creative approach to ministry that is faithful to Jesus and expressive of His heart to reach those who are far away from God.
A Few Vineyard Distinctives
In the Vineyard, we believe that all church denominations and associations have a part to play in the wider Body of Christ. The Vineyard movement, birthed in the 1970s and influenced greatly by the leadership of John Wimber, has certain distinctives that define our personality in the wider Church and our unique way of doing life as Christians.
The already and not yet of the kingdom
In the Bible, Jesus sometimes talks about the kingdom of God being here, and within our reach. People are healed. Lives are transformed. Signs and wonders occur. At other times, Jesus talks about the kingdom as a future reality, as our hope beyond this life. Sometimes people are not healed in the present. Intractable social issues remain. Jobs are lost, hunger continues, and suffering is real.
Our theology of the already and not yet of the kingdom enables us to believe God for miracles (a theology of the miraculous) and to also trust God when pain is occurring (a theology of suffering). We believe that both are necessary for a healthy Christian spirituality.
Everyone gets to play
We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom. We don’t have an elite or superstar leaders. We are all commissioned—men, women and children of every background.
Come as you are—but don’t stay as you are
You’ll be loved no matter what state you are in when you come to the Vineyard. We believe that Jesus can love us all to health.
We avoid all hype or emotional manipulation. Going about our lives naturally, we pray for healing and listen for God’s voice in all circumstances.
Equipping the saints
We will continually invest ourselves in training and equipping God’s people to do what Jesus did, equipping the saints for ministry (Eph. 4:12).
Faith is spelled R-I-S-K
We believe the call to be the Body of Christ involves getting outside of our comfort zones. Adventurous faith is welcome in the Vineyard.
220 Division St.
Elgin, IL 60120