Mission & Vision

Mission Statement: (core meaning of why we exist) – Our mission is to be transformed by the life and love of God, so we can transform the world around us by God’s power.

Vision Statement: (how we carry out our mission) – Our vision is to change the world, by going into it, with the Word of God, the Love of Jesus Christ, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

We are a missional church. What are the five core values that define all Vineyard Churches?
• We will partner with the Holy Spirit,
• We will experience and worship God,
• We will reconcile people to God and all of creation,
• We will engage in compassionate ministry,
• We will pursue culturally relevant mission in the world.

What are the characteristics of our missional church?
We desire to see people decide to become Christ-followers and to cultivate an environment that allows people to move toward becoming more like Christ. Our focus is upon decision-making and discipleship.

“The missional church disassembles itself and seeps into the cracks and crevices of a society in order to be Christ to those who don’t yet know him instead of creating sanctified spaces into which unbelievers must come to encounter the gospel.” (Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, The Shaping Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church. p. 12).

How will we go about pointing people to Jesus Christ? By being a missional church that –
• Is engaged in reaching the community with the message of Jesus Christ,
• Partners with God in carrying out his mission of restoring creation to wholeness,
• Contextualizes an unchanging gospel message to the culture,
• Goes to the people, rather than expecting the people to come to it.

How will we address the brokenness that exists in the world?
We desire to be a racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse group of people who are interested in a relationship with God and with each other. The Bible is more than a moral standard, and it is not a list of rules. We are not going to impact the world by presenting the world with a list of rules; we are going to impact the world by pointing them to Jesus Christ through loving and safe relationships. We want to be known for who we are for and not for what we are against. Simply stated, relationships not rules.

What is the mission of Jesus Christ through the church?
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“Mission is not just something that the church does; it is something that is done by the Spirit, who is himself the witness, who changes both the world and the church, who always goes before the church in its missionary journey.” (Leslie Newbigin, The Open Secret, p. 56). The mission is carried out in a threefold manner – from the Father the initiator, by Jesus Christ the implementer, and through the Holy Spirit the energizer.

What does obedience look like for us?
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5 NIV)

We will seek God’s guidance, and His purposes and Plans, in everything we do by praying, listening, seeking wise counsel, and responding even when it might not make sense to us.

How will we go about building relationships?
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now I ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 NIV)

We call it building relationships with LACE. We will –
• Connect with each other in Love
• Hold each other Accountable
• Challenge each other to passionately pursue Jesus Christ
• Encourage each other to risk it all in that pursuit.

What about social justice?
Jesus the King says this: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40 NIV)

Our God is both a God of justification (He declares a sinner to be righteous on the basis of the righteousness of Christ alone) and a God of justice (proper ordering of His creation). Therefore, the church should be about proclaiming the good news of the gospel message and improving the social conditions of people in the world. Simply stated, the Kingdom of God acknowledges Jesus as the King who justifies and pursues justice.

What about the role of women?
It is our opinion that God does not limit anyone based upon gender, and that everyone has biblical equality to use their gifts to respond (obey) to their calling from God. In other words, God freely calls believers to roles and ministries without regard to gender, class, or race. Simply stated, Leaders lead.

What about generosity?
It is our desire to share our blessings with the poor and needy. We see the principle of tithing as the starting place not the goal, so we plan to give away more than 10% of our resources to God’s work through our missions, mercy and benevolence ministries.

What about environmental stewardship?
In the Creation Story found in the first chapter of the Bible, it is clear that God intended for mankind to tend and care for everything He created… the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the water we drink, the lakes rivers and oceans we swim in, the crops and vegetation we eat, the trees and flowers that beautify the earth, the living creatures in the water, all the birds in the air, and every land animal. Throughout scripture we read that God reveals Himself through all of creation (for example, see Psalm 19:1-6 or Romans 1:20), and that all of creation is important and good to God, so all of creation is important and good to us, therefore we intend to be eco-friendly (“green”) in all we do.

Dave & Robyn Garrett

June 20, 2012