We are every-day ordinary people; we welcome one and all to worship. Our dress code is relaxed and casual; our music is drums and guitars. But, despite being ordinary ourselves, we follow an extraordinary God who loved us so much he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, so we might be healed, consoled, forgiven, and have abundant life. Our ordinary music turns into extraordinary worship, empowered by the Holy Spirit, focused on praise to God, and in communion with Jesus Christ.
As an evangelical church, the Vineyard embraces Christianity as taught in the Bible and expounded upon in the great creeds and confessions of the historical church. We embrace the power of the Holy Spirit, known to the church since its inception as signs and wonders. We believe every disciple of Christ, from the moment of salvation, is baptized in the Holy Spirit and is given spiritual gifts for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God and the service of the saints (Romans 8:9). While not Pentecostal in doctrine or church culture, we do embrace the present ministry and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, making us a Word and Spirit Church.
Both a teaching and experiential church, we believe the Word of God is powerful, living, and active (Hebrews 4:12), and it is divinely inspired. This makes it useful for correcting, rebuking and equipping the people of God for every good work and ministry (2 Timothy 3:16). For that reason, Pastor Hal teaches directly from the Bible each week, emphasizing not only the background and original meaning, but also practical life applications for today. This teaching is followed by Spirit-led ministry, enabling everyone to respond to the message and experience the power of the Holy Spirit through private prayer, encouragement, words of knowledge, discipleship, salvation or whatever may be needed. We believe in praying for the sick, deliverance from demonization and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. We do not believe in making a show or treating the work of the Holy Spirit as something for church amusement.
Our highest priority is worship; not just music, but the all-encompassing concept that everything we do should be a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). For this reason, we begin every meeting with a time of worship, in praise to God. It also means the focus of our lyrics is directed to God, rather than singing about God to one another. We seek to directly extol him in song. We believe all ministry should glorify God.
The Vineyard Christian Church is a part of the Association of Vineyard Churches, a community of churches. For more information, visit www.vineyardusa.org.