What We Believe

Core Beliefs

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. We express the biblical beliefs we hold in common with all Christians and the particular doctrines that are our distinctive voice in terms that are relevant in the 21st century.

Our 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:

1.  Partnering with the Holy Spirit by asking Him to accomplish what we 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.

2.  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.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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.