Resources Mentioned in This Article
- Celebrating 40 Years
- Who Was John Wimber?
- John Wimber-Personal Testimony
- The Search for the Radical Middle by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson
- Empowered Evangelicals by Bill Jackson
- The Vineyard USA website: https://vineyardusa.org/
We Are Part of the Vineyard Movement
At Vineyard Community Church, we are part of an international family of more than 2400 churches in over 90 countries. What keeps all these churches in the Vineyard movement family is mutual commitment to important ideas and practices including:
- Jesus as Lord and Savior
- Jesus’ good news message of the Kingdom of God
- Bringing more people into God’s Kingdom by planting churches
- Relying on Holy Spirit to bring people into the Kingdom through naturally supernatural signs and wonders
- Intimate worship
This video gives an idea of what the Vineyard movement has been doing for the last 40 years.
At the beginning of the Vineyard movement, God used John Wimber to communicate a vision about how to be a church that follows Jesus. This video of Phil Strout (the current leader of the Vineyard churches in the U.S.) remembering John Wimber gives some of the flavor of the Vineyard movement’s founder, which helps us understand what the Vineyard movement is today.
Over the past 40 years, God has used the Vineyard movement to bring significant changes to the church in the United States, especially in how churches worship, in authenticity and informality, and in signs and wonders as a way God brings people into his Kingdom today. John Wimber’s testimony gives a glimpse into what a lot of churches were like in the mid-20th century and how God used Wimber and the Vineyard to bring significant changes. Wimber’s testimony is in the following video. It’s about an hour-and-a-half long, but it’s really very entertaining, starting about timecode 5:30 (the first five-and-a-half minutes are introduction to the course he is teaching in the video).
Books about the Vineyard Movement
You can learn more about the Vineyard movement in the following books.
The Search for the Radical Middle by Bill Jackson describes the first 20 or so years of the Vineyard movement. The author is a Vineyard pastor and scholar who was part of the history he describes in the book.
Empowered Evangelicals by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson tells about the history and theology of the Vineyard movement, showing how the Vineyard embraces the best of evangelicalism’s emphasis on biblical truth as well as the best of the charismatic church’s emphasis on the power and work of the Holy Spirit.
The Vineyard USA Website
The Vineyard USA website opens up a wealth of additional resources for those who want to learn more about the Vineyard movement.