As the pastoral staff and elders have been praying and seeking direction for the coming year, we’ve been drawn to the idea of knowing who we are and who we’ve been called to be as a Vineyard family. It’s important to tend the roots of a plant if you want to produce good fruit. So, we’re going to be taking the beginning part of this year to explore not only our history but the soil in which we’ve been planted. We’ll ask:
- What is a Vineyard?
- What are the particular distinguishing features of the Vineyard?
- What shape of church has God called us to be?
- What role are we to play in the body of Christ?
- And, what is our particular calling as Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
We’ll explore all these questions and hopefully posture us to continue to grow into the kind of people God would like to visit! In the end, we want to be a Vineyard that is fruitful – one that both encounters God in real and tangible ways, and extends this awareness and reality to those around us.
Isaiah 27:2, 3 & 6
“In that day,
sing about the fruitful vineyard.
I, the Lord, will watch over it,
watering it carefully.
Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it….
The time is coming when Jacob’s descendants will take root.
Israel will bud and blossom
and fill the whole earth with fruit!
Let this be said of us!