1. What is the Vineyard?
The Vineyard (aka Association of Vineyard Churches) is a rapidly growing group of over 700 evangelical Christian congregations mostly located in the U.S. and Canada but also may be found across the UK and the world.
The Vineyard began in 1974 from a small Bible study group our of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA. The name “Vineyard” comes from Isaiah 27:2-3, “In that day…sing about a fruitful vineyard; I, the Lord, watch over it. I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.” The name also reminds us of John 15 where we are told that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and that apart from Him we can do nothing!
The Vineyard grew quickly including musicians, actors, business people, students who came together in small groups and large meetings with thousands receiving Jesus. The church met in a gym, on the beach and in homes. Couples soon went out and began other Vineyards.
In the spring of 1982, John Wimber, pastor of Calvary Chapel in Yorba Linda, CA began relating to the Vineyard along with several other pastors. It became obvious that God had called John to pastor the other pastors and in 1987 the various Vineyard churches formed a formal church association called the Association of Vineyard Churches (AVC).
The AVC is not considered a denomination at this time. We are simply held together by common values, priorities and beliefs. The local churches are independent and the AVC does not lay down rules of local governance. We want to focus attention away from our identity as the Vineyard and focus attention toward the Lord Jesus and His work. The Vineyard is nothing. Jesus is everything. So if you are able, hang around for a while. We enjoy having you with us!
2. Are all Vineyards the same?
No. Vineyard can vary widely in style and personality. However there are common characteristics which include a contemporary, relaxed and informal approach to music and worship.
3. How should I dress?
We invite you to come dressed in a manner that is comfortable for you. Perhaps for you that means dressing up or maybe it means casual clothes. Our desire is that you come dressed in the way that frees you to worship and focus on the Lord.
4. What does your logo mean?
Our logo represents the heartbeat of our church. The open Bible recognizes the authority of God’s Word in our lives. The Fire stands for the power of the Holy Spirit and the Heart represents the reality of His love.
Bible: The Authority of the Word
Fire: The Power of the Holy Spirit
Heart: The Reality of His Love