The Vineyard started in the late 70s and early 80s. Birthed out of the Jesus movement that came from the hippie culture of southern California, it started with a group of people who desperately wanted more of God. The group that would eventually become the Vineyard was led by John Wimber, a former “beer-guzzling, drug-abusing pop musician” (Christianity Today, editorial, Feb. 9, 1988). The Vineyard is grounded in the theology of the Kingdom of God, and thus seeks to bring the best experience of the Charismatic movement and the best theology of the Evangelical movement and blend them into one church. Today, the Vineyard is one of the fastest growing church-planting movements in the world with over 1,600 churches world-wide—most of them outside of the U.S. The Vineyard consists of people who, much like the early members, are ordinary people who love and serve a far-from-ordinary God.
To get a better for feel for what our extended church family is all about, check out Welcome to the Vineyard!