We are part of a global family of churches known as the Vineyard, with over 2,000 Vineyard churches world wide.
What is the Vineyard’s History?
The Vineyard started in the late 70s and early 80s and was birthed out of the Jesus movement that came from the hippie culture of southern California. In the early Eighties, John & Carol Wimber assumed the leadership of what was then about half a dozen Vineyard churches. John was a “beer-guzzling, drug-abusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible study” (Christianity Today, magazine editorial, February 9, 1998).
As John and his congregation, mostly made up of former Quakers, sought God in intimate worship, they experienced the gifts of the Holy Spirit and saw significant church growth through conversions. The insight of theologians such as George Eldon Ladd that the Kingdom of God is with us ‘already, but not yet’ — that it’s here now in part, but not in all its fullness — provided the theological basis for Wimber’s understanding of how the biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit are active in the church today. Wimber’s influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches from their earliest days until his death in November 1997.
Vineyard in the UK & Ireland
The first Vineyard church in the UK and Ireland was started in 1987 by John & Eleanor Mumford, in the south west London area. From there the Vineyard has grown to around 115 churches here in the UK & Ireland, under the Mumford’s leadership. In 2015 John & Eleanor transition into an International role for the Vineyard Global family and John and Debby Wright become our new National Directors.
Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland exists to participate in the advancement of the Kingdom of God through the work of local Vineyard churches that communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and practice.
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