Values concern what a particular church feels like, the atmosphere of the church, the ethos. It is possible for two churches to believe exactly the same doctrine, but feel very different because the two churches have different value systems. Here is an overview of our key values at the Vineyard.
More than anything else, we value relationship, relationship with God and relationship with people. The church is not just a collection of individuals. God is looking for a people, a community that is committed to following Jesus together. We believe that God values people of all races, ages, styles, and backgrounds, and that He has called us together as the church. Following Jesus happens in the context of relationships, not in isolation from one another.
We value responsiveness. We believe that Jesus is our Head and the Holy Spirit our Counselor, and that the church really does belong to God. We seek to be responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of the church's life and ministry, as well as in our personal lives.
We value righteousness. We seek completely truthful, consistent, and open relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves. We recognize that none of us come to Jesus as righteous, but that as we submit ourselves to God, the Holy Spirit works in us to heal us, free us, and change us to become more and more like Christ. This means that our lives should be full of integrity; living a lifestyle that is consistent with what we say we believe.
We value reality. We want every expression of ours—whether speech, manner, music, or architecture—to be non-hyped, natural, and based in reality. We want to present the simple truth of Jesus and experience together the reality of His presence.
We value relevance. We want to use music, terminology, and outreach methods that are in touch with the current culture of our community. We want to be understandable and practical to those around us who are seeking God.