Randy Clark is a man that lives with expectation. I have come to respect him very much. We do not share all the same doctrine but I still value him and his ministry. You do not have to be a Pentecostal to be used by the Holy Spirit. (despite popular belief)
One of the things the Vineyard churches are very serious about is engaging culture. It is very important to them and very important to Jesus as well. The truth is we are called to engage the culture we live, not create a “christian counter culture” or a sub-culture. The counter-culture stuff being preached is not scriptural.
One thing that became a real hallmark of the Vineyard Churches is servant evangelism that is compassion in deed. It was the driving force for a small movement of churches within the association and how they grew from a small cell into mega-churches. One of them is pastor named Steve Sjogren. he build everything in his ministry around the [...]
Vineyard Churches were designed from early one to be places that facilitate holistic ministry. They are called to operate as healing centers.
In continuing our study on what the Vineyard Churches believe, we are to the value that Vineyard Music brings to the churches in America. I would say no other movement had the impact on the larger charismatic Church, including the Hillsong movement. If not for the Vineyard, we would probably still be singing Send it on down.
I was probably 20 at the time and Mike Bickle handed me a book to read about evangelism. It was The gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd. He was a Baptist pastor turned Fuller Seminary professor that had spend his life study what was the Kingdom of God. He is the one that coined the term, “Kingdom is here but not yet.”
We are going to begin a major study over the next few weeks into who the Vineyard are, what they believe and what are their values. If you are not sure who the Vineyard are, it is the movement started by John Wimber and led today by Phil Strout.
I am friends with Alan Hirsch, a director at the Missional Leadership Network on Facebook and we will just say he is very committed to the missional movement. I am a huge fan of the concept personally. I have been ever since hearing Ed Stetzer talk about it at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. However, you can be a fan of [...]
John Wimber believed in what we called Power Healing. It changed the church world as we know it. I would say that John Wimber did more to bring renewal to the Bride of Christ than anyone we know. In fact, the renewal outlived him if we are to honest. I did not know much about John Wimber as a kid. I do remember my grandparents flying us [...]