DISTINCTIVES

What makes us distinct as a tribe?

Click on each distinctive for a video explanation from Phil Strout, National Director of Vineyard USA.

 

The main and plain. 

John Wimber would always look back to what the Scriptures say on the page. We’re going to base everything we do on the Scriptures. You live out who you are, and who you are is based on the Scriptures and how you’ve experienced the kingdom of God up to this point. So we teach the Bible faithfully, giving people “the main and the plain.”

 

“Come, Holy Spirit.”

This is our central prayer liturgy. As Carol Wimber used to tell us, “There should never be a time in our gatherings together that we don’t invite the Holy Spirit”. We already have the Holy Spirit through Jesus, but we all still “leak.” So we all need that constant filling of the Holy Spirit.

 

We are worshippers of God and rescuers of souls.

We love God and love people. Being worshippers of God means cultivating intimacy with Jesus. And we provide a safe environment for people to be touched by the Lord’s presence inside and outside of our church buildings.

 

Everyone gets to play.

This is how we do ministry. Whether it’s speaking prophetic truth or healing people or prayer or other ministry, everybody can do it. You can watch other people and learn from them. We don’t have an elite or any superstar leaders. We’re all going to do it.

 

Come as you are, but don’t stay as you are.

You’ll be loved no matter what state you come to the Vineyard in. But we’re committed to discipling people of all nations, and we believe Jesus has the power to change and grow people and make them new.

 

Naturally supernatural.

We cultivate a relaxed atmosphere in the Vineyard. It’s not about hype or emotional manipulation. It’s about doing what we’re already doing, and then if we stop to prophesy and pray for people and for healing, so much the better.

 

The already and the not yet.

In the Vineyard, some people are sick, and some people are healed. We pray for people, and some things get better and some don’t. Our theology and practice of the kingdom of God makes it so we don’t have to make anything up. We’re not pretending or telling stories that didn’t really happen. It’s either the kingdom of God came and did something, or it didn’t. It gives us this beautiful theology and practice: The kingdom is here, but it hasn’t come fully yet. We pray, “Lord, let your kingdom come.” We are called to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons, and we’ll continue to do that. And we’ll do it with integrity as the Spirit moves.