Vineyard Church Planting
Our vision is to extend the kingdom of God by helping our local churches fulfill their God-given call to plant churches. We work alongside our existing churches to help facilitate reproducing Vineyard churches who will transform their local communities. We believe that the very nature of the gospel, of discipleship to Jesus, and of the local church leads to healthy reproduction.
Our team and our process are currently in transition. There are many local and national projects, events and process we are developing, strategizing, and beginning to implement. Please check back often, or contact our office for more information!
We are developing a four step process to provide the encouragement, accountability, resources, training and freedom to help facilitate local church reproduction. The entire process is also defined on our website at www.vineyardchurchplanting.com.
1. Get To Know Us
The best way to get to know us is to get involved at a local Vineyard church. Real discipleship happens best when we are face-to-face with other people.
The Vineyard places substantial value on relationships. This value is one of our core distinctives. It is through relationships that our values, our priorities and our practices are passed on, and these things are more easily caught in a local church setting which includes practical, real-time training as well as in-depth biblical studies.
If you are interested in exploring some of the distinctives of Vineyard churches, check out this talk from John Mumford, (director of Vineyard church UK) at a national leadership meeting.
So, we invite you to get yourself deeply involved in a local Vineyard church if you’d like to help to plant a new one.
2. Let Us Get To Know You
We consider it an incredible gift when someone comes to us wanting to explore a life of ministry and possibly church planting. And we want to help to discern how and where God might be calling you to invest your life. Consider this an extended act of pastoral care. Our desire is to help you determine the best fit for your life: international or domestic church planting, senior pastor, site or campus pastor, or a staff pastor.
So we have developed a relational discernment process that takes place over the course of four conversations. Tow of these conversations take place in the context of the local church, and two of these conversations take place with our national church planting team.
Conversation 1: 10 Questions – Am I Called To Be A Church Planter?
As a potential church planter, take some time to prayerfully read over these questions, continuing to ask God what he has for your life and ministry, and what ministry situation might be the best fit for you. Then we recommend getting together with a Vineyard church pastor to have some honest conversations about your particular strengths and weaknesses, and where God might be inviting you to participate in ministry.
Conversation 2: Online Church Planter Candidate Assessment
This series of online assessments costs $29 when the potential planter selects the Vineyard as their organization. After completing these assessments, plant to get together again with your Vineyard pastor to discuss the results.
The church planting office will be providing periodic training for senior pastors to help you understand the results, and give you ideas for how to turn these results into specific training assignments and ministry opportunities.
Conversation 3: Informal Church Planting Interview
This conversation will be scheduled with an area or regional pastoral leader, someone who has planted a church and is skilled at helping others to do the same. We will conduct an informal pastoral review, perhaps over a long dinner, discussing the twelve characteristics necessary for a church planter, accompanied by prayer ministry.
Conversation 4: A Full Assessment
This is a three day event hosted 2-3 times each year in different parts of the country and will include a full psychological assessment, a pastoral assessment, some education on core values, group activities, worship and prayer ministry.
A local sending church could also elect to utilize these components separately in certain situations.
3. Get Some Training
Training is a vital piece to a church plant’s success. We value knowledge and preparation and encourage potential church planters to seek out guidance and training from our local and regional pastors. Planters that spend time in local churches, attending training events and participate in hands-on training are often better equipped for the real-world church planting experiences that lie ahead.
We will be offering 2-3 day training intensives in various locations around the country. And we are providing training templates for our local churches to use to train potential planters right in their own backyard.
4. Get Out There And Plant
The national church planting team is committed to keep working alongside the planter once they have launched their church. We’ve developed a team of certified church planting coaches trained to come alongside the church planter throughout the first two years of the church plant. To maintain quality communication with the planter throughout their church planting experience, we ask the planter to complete documentation to enable us continue to track and support the church plant’s progress.