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Values, Beliefs, & Distinctives

The Vineyard is a God-initiated, global movement of churches (of which Vineyard USA is a part) with the kingdom of God as its theological center.  The Bible is our rule of faith and practice. Our desire is to know the Bible, do what it says, and experience the way of living it describes.

We embrace a full range of Kingdom practices, from proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, to healing and deliverance, to ministry with the poor.  Vineyard churches embody a praxis that includes intimate worship, actively equipping ordinary people for ministry, responding to the initiative and leading of the Holy Spirit, and joining God’s mission in the world.

Core Values of Vineyard USA:
  • Partner with the Holy Spirit
  • Experience and Worship God
  • Reconcile People with God and All Creation
  • Engage in Compassionate Ministry
  • Pursue Culturally Relevant Mission in the World

Some Distinctives of
the Vineyard Movement

We believe that anyone can do the work of the Kingdom.  We don't have elite or superstar leaders; we are all commissioned--men, women, and children of every background.

We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus.  In some way, we are all in need.

We purpose to avoid hype or emotional manipulation.  Going about our lives naturally, we pray for healing and listen for God's voice in all circumstances.

In the Vineyard, we pray for people and sometimes they are healed, and sometimes they are not.  Our theology and practice of the Kingdom of God makes it so we can acknowledge both miracles and suffering.  We already have God with us in the Holy Spirit, but our world is not yet fully redeemed.

This is our central prayer liturgy.  We are continually dependent on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  We pray, “come” even as we acknowledge that God is already here.

Some of Our Desert Vineyard DNA

When you come you're going to hear a lot about Jesus, we point everything back to him.  Jesus said,
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
(Matthew 11:27
Above all, we seek to be genuine in our faith, our relationships, and in our response to God.  We have a low tolerance for religious services or systems that can become exclusive with performative or empty ritual.  Instead, we want genuine relationship with God and each other. 
Diversity is not something that we tolerate--it's something we celebrate. We're grateful that God has gathered many different ages, backgrounds, and cultures into our church, because we know that we are heading toward a day when "every tribe, tongue, and nation" will be gathered before the throne of God.  (Revelation 7:9) 
We see relationship as the primary vehicle for all of God's blessings and purposes in our lives.  We want to know one another and live life together in authentic community.  We want to relate with one another with kindness, friendliness, compassion in action, and love.  We care about you! 
We recognize that we are all in process toward becoming all that God created us to be, and that none of us have arrived.  Therefore, rather than passing judgement, we extend grace to one another and allow each other to be in process. 
God is a generous God and we want to be like him.  You can't outgive God.
Regular financial giving is a way to honor God, to support the local church, and to mature in our faith.  The tithe (10%) is our Old Testament model, while in the New Testament we see boundless generosity modeled by the early church.