What is the Vineyard?

The Vineyard Movement began in 1975 and is now a international association of over 3,000 churches. While each Vineyard is unique, we all share common values and common approaches to God and ministry.



We are committed to living out a Biblical faith in the context of contemporary society.


We are seeking practical, scriptural answers to everyday problems.


We want to experience God's power in our lives.


We long for meaningful relationships with others.


We desire our children to see that knowing God can be a great experience.


We want to be instruments for bringing spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wholeness to hurting and wounded people.


We want to be real and not religious, intimate and not isolated, agents of change and not just an audience.



Click here to learn more about the Vineyard.

statement of faith

The Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. However, since the Bible is a diverse collection of narrative stories, poetry, law, and letters, it is helpful to summarize its teaching in a concise form that can be comprehended by both those deeply rooted in the Church and those who have little exposure to the Bible. This is the historical function of the ancient church creeds in the first 400 years of Christ-centered faith.

Every community of faith has two major obligations in regards to its faith, namely absolute faithfulness to the Word of God, and sensitivity to the world in which they live. This means that the Vineyard movement must express the historical, biblical, orthodox Christian beliefs that we hold in common with all Christians, and the particular doctrines that are our distinctive voice, in terms that are relevant to 21st century Christians.

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. It is a “kingdom of God” centered theology. This statement is our best current understanding of the Bible from that kingdom perspective.

Vineyard Core Values, Beliefs & Statement of Faith

vineyard essentials


Here is a great opening look at the global family of Vineyard churches.



In this video, Phil Strout (the Director of Vineyard USA) introduces why the core values of our movement matter.



John and Elle Mumford led the Vineyard Churches in the UK and Ireland for over 25 years.  In this video, John gives a broader overview of the vision, values and philosophy of ministry that are found in Vineyard churches around the world.

(To skip to the beginning of the list of Vineyard Distinctives, start at 25:58.)



John Wimber was the founder of the Vineyard. In this video (recorded in 1985), John shares his journey of coming to faith in Jesus, and some of the many adventures that followed. Understanding his story is very helpful in grasping what God has done in and through Vineyard Churches.



Steve Nicholson (Senior Pastor of the Vineyard in Evanston, IL) unpacks the history of the church from the Roman Empire to today, and explains how the Vineyard movement fits into the overall picture.



Steve Nicholson (Senior Pastor of the Vineyard in Evanston, IL) unpacks the history of the church from the Roman Empire to today, and explains how the Vineyard movement fits into the overall picture.



Steve Nicholson (Senior Pastor of the Vineyard in Evanston, IL) unpacks the history of the church from the Roman Empire to today, and explains how the Vineyard movement fits into the overall picture.