Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …” (Matthew 28:18-19). In the Vineyard we put this into practice by planting churches because we believe that this is one of the best ways to introduce people to Jesus. Sharing the good news about Jesus in the context of a new church family often reaches parts of our society that more established churches find more difficult.
By “planting churches” we mean that having identified people who have received a calling from God we send them into new places and new settings to gather new people together into new communities of faith. The goal is for those communities to turn into healthy, fully functioning churches which in turn will go on to plant healthy churches.
We are part of a global church-planting movement. Leeds Vineyard was planted out of SW London Vineyard in 1998 (which was planted out of Anaheim Vineyard in California in 1987). We in turn have sent people out to plant new churches:
Nik & Maggie Gee planted out from Leeds Vineyard in January 2012.
Alex & Karen Griffin planted out from Leeds Vineyard in July 2012.
Ben & Kate Newman are preparing to plant a new church into Edinburgh in July 2017. If you feel that God is calling you to go with them, please do talk to them. This is a long-distance project and involves going to another country so we are planning to send them with some financial support to help them get started. If you would like to be part of this exciting kingdom adventure please give by going to give.net.
Ian & Hannah Ripping are preparing to plant a new church into Bradford during 2016 and into 2017. If you feel that God is calling you to go with them, please do talk to them. This is a different type of project and will be resourced from closer to home. They have an event coming up where you can find out more.
More information: please call or email the office.