Join us on September 11th at 11:30, following the church service, for a time to learn about us: what we're about, our story, beliefs, core values, and where we're heading. You'll meet our staff and leaders and have an opportunity to ask any questions. Lunch will be provided.
We are a People of the Kingdom of God -
Where God’s beautiful future is breaking into our present experience.
The Vineyard is a God-initiated global movement of churches (of which Vineyard USA and our church is a part of) 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. We 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.
Transforming People. Transforming Our City. Together in Christ.
The win for our church is seeing unchurched and lost people commit to Jesus, then discipled to do life with God, life with others, experience inner transformation and participate in community transformation.
Be a Restorative Family
We believe Nicky Gumbel says it best that a "Church is not an organization you join; it is a family where you belong, a home where you are loved and a hospital where you find healing."
Pursue Kingdom Transformation
Through Jesus' life and ministry, God's future world - and its entire value system - is breaking into our human existence. It leads to a personal, inner transformation (sometimes what we call Spiritual Transformation) that leads to Kingdom Transformation in our relationships, our churches, and our communities.
To Experience God's Power and Presence
When one enters the kingdom she/he experiences the dynamic reality which exists within the triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This means that the experience of the kingdom of God (and thus, the experience of God’s presence) is central to our faith and Christian life.
Engaging in Compassionate Ministry
We lean toward the lost, the poor, the outcast, and the outsider with the compassion of Jesus
We value leaning younger while bringing together young and old.
We value embracing the tension in an either/or world.
Everyone Gets to Play
We value equipping & multiplying
We value experiencing God
Our community of faith began back in the Summer of 1998. Joel Seymour, our Founding Pastor, along with his wife, Kristi, had been impressed upon by God to move to Lancaster and plant a Vineyard church. In May of 1998, they left the church they helped plant in northwest Ohio to start the Lancaster Vineyard with a handful of people. A few of these folks had prayed for quite a while for a Vineyard-style church to be planted in Lancaster. With that initial group of people, they began to worship God, study His Word, and live out their faith in this community in the form of a small group. By January 1999, a second small group was created. In June 1999, not only was a third small group started, but also a Sunday night gathering at a local hotel conference room. In March of 2001, we began meeting on Sunday mornings at the YMCA with just under 100 people. Outreach has always been a priority, so in 2007, we started a Food Pantry on West Wheeling Street and annually we distribute 140,000+ pounds of food to approximately 4,000 families!
After years of growing at the "Y", we broke ground in 2007 for the building on Whiley Road and in late May 2009 we moved into our new (and current) facility.
In Fall of 2021, Founding Pastor Joel Seymour took a position with Vineyard USA as a Super Regional Leader to be a pastor of pastors for churches in our region. In January of 2022 we installed our new Lead Pastor, Johnny Friesner.
The Vineyard story is about ordinary people who worship and serve an extraordinary God. The Vineyard is simply one thread in the rich tapestry of the historic and global Church of Jesus Christ. But it is a thread of God’s weaving.
There are over 500 Vineyard congregations in the US and 2,400+ in 95 countries internationally, with about 300,000+ people world-wide who consider a Vineyard their church.
Check out the Vineyard's Purpose, the History & Legacy, Core Beliefs & Values, Worship Music, Books & Materials, and more about the Vineyard on their website. There you can check out the Media Library and Church Finder, and explore the ministries via the link at the top. Get to know who John Wimber was, and about our Global Family today.
For more information on Vineyard USA check out there website http://vineyardusa.org