People often ask me, “What makes a Vineyard, a Vineyard?” There are several things that make up our “DNA” as a church and as a movement of churches. I filter everything we do through this grid to help keep us on track. Open Heavens, home groups and Bible studies, prayer and prophetic ministry, our pantry and food outreaches, even partnering with other churches to extend the Kingdom is part of our DNA.
The Vineyard Genetic Code
At a Vineyard pastors conference in September of 1992, Vineyard founder, John Wimber, taught on 11 areas of ministry that were essential to any Vineyard church. John called these areas the “Vineyard Genetic Code” because they are the common denominators that identify us as a family:
1. Contemporary worship in the freedom of the Holy Spirit
2. The gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation
3. Vibrant prayer ministry
4. Clear, accurate, Biblical teaching
5. Equipping the saints in areas such as discipleship, ministry, serving, giving,
finances, family, etc.
6. An active small group ministry
7. Ministry to the poor, widows, orphans and those who are broken
8. Unity within the whole body of Christ; a relationship with other local churches
9. Physical healing with emphasis on signs and wonders as seen in the book of Acts
10. A commitment to missions – church planting at home and world missions abroad
11. Evangelistic outreach
You can see these in action every day of every week, and every season of the year within our Vineyard family through our worship, outreach, family and children ministries, and equipping people for works of ministry. My goal for us as a church family is to live out this verse about Jesus, “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38 NLT) That is why we are doing this new message series from the book of Acts, Stronger Faith. I want us doing all the things the early church did!
If you have always wanted to go on a mission trip, we have two trips in the works… One to Costa Rica (Jan.2018) and one to Kenya, Africa (Nov.2018). For more information contact Kevin Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Kevin had an interest meeting last week, but you can still contact him if you are interested.)
Check out dvc.life/events for a complete listing of our events. There’s a lot going on!
P.S. Food for Fairborn is TOMORROW morning, 10A at our pantry. And Open Heavens night of worship is this Sunday night at 6P!